Like many school districts across the area, the Beaverton School District recently announced deep budget cuts, with the Special Education budget taking a disproportionate hit. There will be a Budget Committee Listening Session open to parents and community members this week. While no decisions have been finalized at this point, proposed cuts would eliminate the district's Augmentative Communication and Assistive Technology Team, eliminate the Youth Transition Program, drastically reduce Instructional Assistant support, and much more. To learn more, and to advocate for a more equitable budget, please plan on attending Thursday's meeting. Your attendance will make a difference!
Thursday, April 21st from 6:30-8:30 PM.
Beaverton High School
13000 SW 2nd St.
Beaverton, OR 97005
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If you missed Rep. Sara Gelser's speech during the All Born "In" lunchtime keynote, she mentioned that she has sponsored HB 2296 in the Oregon House of Representatives, which "places on school districts the burden of proof related to school district's determination for a child who may require or does require special education and related services." For full reading of the proposed law, click here.
Representative Gelser requested we contact our state representatives in support of this bill, to help build support. A quick phone call or email is all it takes to make your voice heard! If you are unsure of who your representative is, you can find them here: http://www.leg.state.or.us/house/
For more information on the Oregon DD Coalition's Project Go!, please click here.
Washington State is facing another tough budget year, and your legislators need to hear from you! The following is a message from the Arc of Washington State:
"It's time to re-balance the Developmental Disabilities system! We once had 4,000 people living in 5 state institutions and now we are down to about 850 individuals.
Why are the 850 people in institutions, who will still get their needs met by moving to a new location, more important than the families who take on the life time support and financial obligation of their sons/daughters? The people in our state who have the most significant developmental disabilities actually live at home with their families providing their care.
There are 13,600 individuals with developmental disabilities who live in our state, many who live in your district and receive no services from the Division of Developmental Disabilities. I am asking you to close and consolidate two state institutions so that some or all of the savings can be used to help these people.
Please pass SB 5943 which addresses transition services for people moving out of institutions and creates the community residential investment account."
To learn more about the Arc's Legislative Action Center and to locate your legislators, please click here. Call today!