The PROSPER Act has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and is expected to come up for a vote in June! NCLD needs your help to defeat the bill and prevent it from becoming a law.
The PROSPER Act reduces access to higher education for students with disabilities and underserved students. Additionally, the PROSPER Act eliminates several programs that are critical to the success of students with disabilities and the educators who instruct them in K-12 and postsecondary programs. The legislation fails to support kids as they transition to college and support their success once there by:
- The PROSPER Act eliminates programs that support teachers. The PROSPER Act removes all of Title II from HEOA, which included grants that improve teacher quality and incentivize teachers to serve in high-need areas like special education. This will only worsen the special education teacher shortage crisis that 98% of school districts are already facing.
- The PROSPER Act does not include the RISE Act. The PROSPER Act fails to include an essential component of the RISE Act that would require colleges and universities to accept a student’s individualized education plan (IEP) or 504 plan as evidence of their disability. The RISE Act is a bi-partisan proposal that seeks to help more students with disabilities get in the door of their college’s Disability Service Office and seek the accommodations they need to succeed.
- The PROSPER Act eliminates grants that increase accessibility for students with disabilities on college campuses. The PROSPER Act eliminates grant programs that support faculty who work with students with disabilities and provide accessible materials in college. This will make it more difficult for students with disabilities to secure technology and accessible materials in postsecondary education. Furthermore, it will leave college faculty with fewer resources and less training to support and instruct students with disabilities.
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(Need more information about this alert? Read NCLD's blog post Rewriting the Higher Education Act to Serve Students with Disabilities.)
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