Urgent. Senator Manar has filed his bill eliminating designated sped funding. Manar thinks there are too many special education students. Act now.

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Illinois State Senator Andy Manar thinks there are too many special education students.

Fred,

Sen. Manar has finally filed the Amendment to Senate Bill 1, AND House Bill 2808 may be voted on in Committee on Tuesday. Could you post at least the beginning parts of the following so people CAN ACT (file Witness Slip on HB 2808 per the following directions) on what we have been telling them for months?

Thanks, Bev Johns

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Amendment 1 to Senate Bill1 has now been introduced by State Senator Andy Manar. (Without any evidence whatsoever, Sen. Manar told all the Members of the Rauner Commission that there was “drastic over-identification” for special education in Illinois.)

On pages 239 to 242 the Amendment contains the exact same language as House Bill 2808 TO ELIMINATE DIRECT AND DEDICATED FUNDING FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS (to eliminate Special Education Personnel Reimbursement).

If because of what it does to special education, or  because it is extreme local control of K-12 education, or because it would provide NO new funding for special education co-ops, you oppose the bill, you can fill out a Witness Slip on-line (see below).

If you are in Springfield, you can attend the hearing:

Appropriations-Elementary & Secondary Education Committee Hearing Mar 28, 2017, 2:00PM Capitol Building Room 114, Springfield, IL 

To do a Witness Slip opposed to HB 2808:

1. Click on http://my.ilga.gov/WitnessSlip/Create/104197?committeeHearingId=14549&LegislationId=104197&HCommittees3%2F31%2F2017-page=1&committeeid=0&chamber=H&nodays=7&_=1490376189630

2. Under Section I: Identification, fill out all information. Under Firm/Business or Agency you can type None.

Under Title you can type None.

3. Under Section II: Representation, if you are creating a witness slip on behalf of a group, fill out with the name of your organization. If you are not submitting a witness slip on behalf of a group or organization, leave this blank.

4. Under Section III: Position, click Opponent of HB 2808.

5. Under Section IV: Testimony, check the box stating. Record of Appearance Only.

6. In the box, Type the text (that appears above it)

7. Check the box stating I Agree to the ILGA Terms of Agreement.

8. Click Create (Slip) to submit slip.

Our State Senators and Representatives have to know that we are determined to keep direct and dedicated State funding for special education in Illinois law.

If you have called before, please keep calling. 

State Senator Andy Manar 217-782-0228

State Senator Jason Barickman 217-782-6597

State Senator Kimberly Lightford 217-782-8505

(Ask Senator Manar why he stated on Jan. 17 to the Gov. Rauner Commission that there is “drastic over-identification” for special education in Illinois.)

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Contact the Sponsors of House Bill 2808.

State Representative Will Davis: 217-782-8197

States Representative Robert Pritchard: 217-782-0425

bob@pritchardstaterep.com

State Representative Linda Chapa LaVia: 217-558-1002

Please say –

SPECIAL EDUCATION FUNDING SHOULD BE RELATED TO THE NEED FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION, NOT BASED ON THE NUMBER OF GENERAL EDUCATION STUDENTS.

THERE IS NOTHING MORE CRITICAL TO THE EDUCATION OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES THAN THE SPECIALLY TRAINED SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER.

Say to State Senators: AMENDMENT 1 TO SENATE BILL 1 NEEDS TO BE FURTHER AMENDED TO MAINTAIN  THE CURRENT SPECIAL EDUCATION PERSONNEL REIMBURSEMENT OF $9,000 FOR EACH SPECIAL ED TEACHER (and other specialized personnel).

Say to State Representatives: HOUSE BILL 2808 NEEDS

TO BE AMENDED TO MAINTAIN  THE CURRENT SPECIAL EDUCATION PERSONNEL REIMBURSEMENT OF $9,000 FOR EACH SPECIAL ED TEACHER (and other specialized personnel).

ALSO Call your own State Senator and State Representative.

An easy way to get the telephone numbers of your  State Senator and State Representative is to send a TEXT message to 520-200-2223 (you will also get those for your U.S. Senators and Representative).

The TEXT message must state ONLY your Zip Code (nothing else) such as 62650-2479 OR 62650.

Almost immediately you will get a text message.

7 thoughts on “Urgent. Senator Manar has filed his bill eliminating designated sped funding. Manar thinks there are too many special education students. Act now.

  1. I am in New Jersey, but in my opinion, there are too many deranged politicians. Is it more important to murder and incarcerate individuals here and abroad than to provide assistance for the neediest amongst us?

  2. This game has been going on since “special Ed” teacher reimbursement was created. The state seems to be accusing school districts of padding their staffs to get a $ 9,000 per special Ed teacher per year reimbursement (avg teacher salary & bens above $ 65,000). Districts using a lack of state funding as an excuse to cut services, rather than cut regular Ed budgets. The $ 9,000 needs to stay in place…..at least until there is a complete comprehensive overhaul of how education is funded. The problems of adequate and equitable funding remain, seeking solutions.

  3. And Manar ought to know ALLLLL about education (read his bio). He already knows everything about charter schools (in favor of) & public schools (not so much).
    He’s a real emperor w/no clothes.
    Anyway, fill out that Witness Slip, CALL & e-mail!
    And forward this information EVERYWHERE in ILL-Annoy!

  4. Springfield seems to be a hotbed of people who ridicule the disabled. Check out the comments of a certain Sprigfield gossip peddler on Kennedys disability….it is just sick.

    • I’m no fan of Kennedy but that exchange on Rich Miller’s blog was pretty bad. I assume he is the gossip you meant.

      • Yes it was just a sickening riducule of a diability. I am no fan of any of them really but to rule out a guy because he has a disability…..what a bunch of low lifes and has that guy ever looked in a mirror

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