Federal Legislation
May 16, 2003

H.R. 1350 - Improving Education Results for Children with Disabilities Act of 2003 (IDEA)

Action Requested:
None at this time.

Background:
Official purpose: To reauthorize the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and for other purposes.

Introduced March 19, 2003 by Rep. Michael N. Castle, (R, DE-at large)

Cosponsors (19)

Status:

3/19/2003:Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
3/24/2003:Referred to the Subcommittee on Education Reform.
4/2/2003:Subcommittee consideration and mark-up session held; forwarded by the Subcommittee to Full Committee (Amended) by voice vote.
4/10/2003:Committee consideration and mark-up session held. Ordered to be reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 29-19.
4/20/2003:Introductory remarks on measure.
4/29/2003:Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Education and the Workforce.
4/29/2003:Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 206 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1350 with 1 hour of general debate…
4/29/2003:Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 206 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1350 with 1 hour of general debate…
4/30/2003:On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 251 - 171. Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.The Clerk was authorized to correct section numbers, punctuation, and cross references, and to make other necessary technical and conforming corrections in the engrossment of H.R. 1350.
5/1/2003:Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
5/13/2004:Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions discharged by Unanimous Consent. Senate struck all after the Enacting Clause and substituted the language of S.1248 amended.
5/13/2004:Passed Senate H.R. 1350 in lieu of S.1248 with an amendment by Yea-Nay Vote. 95-3.
11/17/2004:House Conferees agreed to file conference report.
11/19/2004:Senate agreed to conference report by Unanimous Consent Vote. Cleared for White House.
11/30/2004:Presented to President.
12/3/2004:Signed by President. Became Public Law No: 108-446

Bill Summary and Status

HSLDA's Position:
HSLDA supports H.R. 1350.

If passed, language in this bill will clarify IDEA law with regards to homeschools. Under this new language public schools do not have to evaluate a homeschool student whose parents do not desire services. This change in the law, worked out by HSLDA and the House of Representatives Education and Workforce Committee, will address problems, which homeschoolers have thus far experienced on this issue. For more information on IDEA please see the other resources.

 Other Resources

IDEA Reauthorization Clarifies Evaluations for Homeschoolers 4/30/2003

Issue Library: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Related Bill on IDEA S. 608

H.R. 1350 (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)