OK. I’m thoroughly confused. I can’t find a straight answer on exactly what the latest ‘compromise’ is, but from what I’ve been reading, it sounds like special education funding was salvaged to something back to its original funding levels. This is in spite of the overall pool of money going to states toward overall stabilization of their massive budget shortfalls being cut significantly.
It looks like school infrastructure investments got hit hard, though. I can’t find any reliable information about other disability services and vocational programs at this point. If you know what the heck is going on, I’d love to hear from you.
And as a general comment, if you know someone concerned about funding special ed not stimulating the economy, you should tell them about the massive backlog of everything in the school systems and county agencies, the complete lack of adequate numbers of teachers and therapists in the vast majority of counties, and argue that, hey I bet hiring more people would help some of this!
Whatever passes the Senate – presumably by Monday – will lead to a group of Senators and Representatives locking themselves in a room for a conference committee and hashing out what will ultimately go to President Obama’s desk. Conference committees are confusing things. At least I don’t understand them. Though it seems like anything from tax rebates for bloggers to investments in alternative energy from harnessing methane from cows could be in that final bill for all we know at this point.
Anyway, enough soapboxing. None of this is a done deal, so keep contacting those who represent you in Congress!