Summary: Negatives will begin by pointing out that Congress never "promised" funding in the IDEA law. There is a kritik and a counterplan in this brief.
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About "IDEA Full Funding (NEG)"
The passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 1975 was a landmark step forward in advancing the education of children often left behind in America’s public schools. Congress committed to funding a substantial percentage of the costs incurred by the states in providing special services to students with special needs.
Negatives will begin by pointing out that Congress never “promised” 40% funding in the IDEA law. That 40% number was a maximum ceiling, not a floor nor a promise. Special Ed only works as well as the States make it work, whether it’s funded or not, and often when it’s not funded it’s the States’ fault for not spending wisely. And the entire benefit of Special Ed needs to be questioned. Critics say it doesn’t really accomplish much other than stigmatizing kids as “disabled” and wrecking their lives with that label. It gets used way too often to put slower learners, and minority kids, into a program either so that the regular teachers don’t have to deal with them or so the States can milk more money out of the federal reimbursement for Special Ed. Negative even has the option to run a counterplan to simply abolish Special Ed on the grounds that its inherent racism and failure justify eliminating it rather than funding it.
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