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Congressman Stauber aims to create more special education funding

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DULUTH,MN-- Providing more funding and support to special education.
That's the goal of Congressman Pete Stauber's Idea Act.

The 'Individuals with Disabilities Education Act' is a bipartisan legislation Stauber and Rep. Angie Craig have been working on.

"Fully funding special education to the 40% level that this government promised every single school district in the nation," says Stauber.

Before his proposal gets its time in Washington Stauber met with Duluth Public school officials and parents.

Learning what help they need.

School board member Alanna Oswald whose two children have special needs says getting funding is important for student's success in and out of school.

"Our students need funding in order to meet all their educational needs. Our needs are getting greater and the funding is getting less. And it's not a winning combination," says Oswald.

As the parent of a special needs student himself, Stauber says he sees this funding deficit from a political and parental perspective.

He says, "This isn't just about my child this is about the nation and all school districts."

"To know that your child is going be dropped off with loving caring teachers and paras. You can't put a price tag on it from the parent perspective," Stauber adds.

Stauber says the next step is to get the legislation on the House floor and onto the senate.
With high hopes, it will make way to the Oval office.

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Emma Quinn

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