House passes short term FY 2013 Continuing Resolution

On September 13, the House of Representatives passed (H J Res 117), a “clean” six-month stopgap spending bill. The Senate is expected to complete action on the measure this week. The Continuing Resolution (CR) would fund the government through March 27 and increase spending by 0.6% for most federal programs and agencies. The bill incorporates the $1.047 trillion discretionary spending level set in the Budget Control Act of 2011 (PL 112-25) rather than the lower $1.028 trillion level desired by the House. Most disability-related programs would receive the small 0.6% increase over the amount they received in 2012 (Visit The Arc’s website to see the FY 2012 funding levels). Of note, the CR also includes an extension of the highly qualified teacher amendment (HQT amendment) for just one year rather than two. Under the HTQ amendment, teachers who are participating in alternative teacher preparation programs and are still in training can be called highly qualified. These teachers are disproportionately assigned to students with disabilities and other vulnerable groups. The CR also includes a requirement that the Secretary of Education submit a report to Congress that includes information on the number of students with disabilities that are taught by teachers who are deemed highly qualified.

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