Champions for Children with Disabilities
Paid for with private funds
Part of PACER Center’s commitment to children with disabilities includes ensuring that the state and federal laws protecting the rights of people with disabilities remain strong. PACER works in coalition with other disability organizations to support special education laws and other related legislation.
PACER Legislative Priorities
The federal special education law is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA). PACER publishes materials and provides workshops on IDEA to inform parents and professionals of their rights and responsibilities under the law.
PACER Day at the Capitol: “Be A Champion”
Thursday, March 13, 2014, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Veterans Services Building
5th Floor Conference Room, 20 12th St. W.
St. Paul, MN 55155 (St. Paul - see Map)
Parents of children with disabilities will have their voices heard in St. Paul, Minn., on ‘PACER Day at the Capitol’ Thursday, March 13. Participants will attend a dynamic workshop led by advocacy and education leaders and legislators to hear about potential legislation affecting special education, education funding, school discipline, mental health, and bullying prevention.
Parents will learn how to effectively share their stories, and enjoy a pizza lunch before meeting with their state legislators.
Working for Change Using the Power of Personal Story
When parents try to improve services for all children with disabilities, not just their own child,—this is called advocating for systems change. This webinar will explain how parents of children with disabilities can help change systems by telling their own personal stories. By sharing a personal story with the right people, parents can help improve services and supports for children with disabilities and their families.
Please contact your state senator and urge him or her to vote for the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act.
At 37 words, Minnesota currently has the shortest bullying prevention law in the country. We need a strong, comprehensive law that will protect ALL children from being bullied.
The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act will strengthen our law by requiring training and education for school personnel and students on strategies for addressing and preventing bullying and for reporting incidents of bullying. The law clearly defines bullying, requires schools to collect data on bullying and report that data to the Minnesota Department of Education, and provides state assistance to schools to implement the law. When appropriate, it also establishes a procedure for addressing bullying in students’ Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) or 504 Plan.
Last year the Minnesota House of Representatives passed the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act, but the bill stalled on the Senate floor. The Minnesota Legislature reconvenes on February 25, so NOW is the time to contact your state senator and urge him or her to vote for the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act. We know there are other groups opposing the bill, so it is critical that legislators hear from people supporting this important legislation.
Find the contact information for your state senator here: Who Represents Me?
PACER Center Endorses the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act
Read PACER's opinion piece on Safe and Supportive schools here.