Support Special Education Services in Delaware
I am writing to you to express my support for House Bill 12, which extends crucial funding to special education students in kindergarten through third grade.
I believe our youngest, most vulnerable students across Delaware, from Newark to Smyrna to Milford, deserve the chance to grow and succeed from the time they begin school until graduation day.
Education advocates say that that if a child receives special education intervention early on, there’s a greater likelihood of closing learning gaps. In addition to helping children, intervention and proper supports also could mitigate long-term costs.
In a letter sent to advocates, Gov. John Carney indicated that education is one of his top priorities, “especially as it relates to students with disabilities and special needs.”
“I firmly believe that every child has the right to a quality education and I commend the General Assembly for taking initiative in proposing a solution to this important issue.
"I will take the consideration of HB 12 very seriously and I’ll continue to monitor the proposal closely as it makes its way through the legislative process. Should this legislation be passed by both chambers and sent to my desk for consideration, I will be sure to keep your comments and concerns in mind.”
We understand that Delaware faces budget issues, but we write with great urgency about this vital service for our state’s children. This must be a priority in the budget this year. Our students cannot afford to be forgotten.
Thank you for your time and consideration.