Posted: 08/27/14 11:01
by Dave Mindeman
Congressman John Kline has been talking about the importance of Special Education funding for years.
In February of 2013, a few months after Sandy Hook, Kline talked to some education leaders in Minnesota....
When Kline asked the educators about whether they would prefer to see increased special education funding under the Individuals with Disabilities Act or more funding for new school security measures, all agreed on special education.
"Wow," Kline said. "OK."
Kline was impressed.
In late April of this year, Kline complained to Sec. of Education Arne Duncan about the lack of emphasis on special ed...
"You've got over a dozen new programs ... but you don't have any increased funding that's available for special education?" continued Kline, who has repeatedly attacked the Obama administration on this point.
Yes, Kline talks a lot about Special Education Funding. He talks and talks and talks.
But what do leaders in special ed think of Kline?
Lindsay Jones, who heads public policy for the National Center for Learning Disabilities, said after the hearing that Kline has "historically pushed" special education funding, "yet refuses to support any of the full funding bills that have been introduced, or to introduce his own."
Kline is the Chair of the Education and Workforce Committee. He could, at any time, propose Special Ed Funding. He could recommend full public funding of these programs. He could, as a committee leader, push it to the floor and demand a vote.
But he doesn't.
He just talks.
Congressman John Kline could do something about this issue he supposedly cares so much about, but talking is cheaper. Much cheaper.