Wingo teacher, Kentucky Council for Exceptional Children president-elect Debbie Samples advocates in Washington

The Council for Exceptional Children and the Council of Administrators of Special Education gathered more than 250 special and gifted education and early intervention advocates on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., this summer for the 2017 Special Education Legislative Summit. Delegates from 44 states and Canada gathered to advocate on behalf of children and youth with disabilities. Summit participants were briefed on a number of potential policy proposals under consideration in Congress, including substantial budget cuts to education and Medicaid as well as privatizing public education. Participants spent a day on Capitol Hill meeting with senators and congressional representatives to discuss legislative proposals under consideration. Kentucky delegates met with representatives from Senator Mitch McConnell’s and Senator Rand Paul's offices. Rep. James Comer also met with the delegates to discuss issues relevant to western Kentucky. Wingo Elementary School special education teacher Debbie Samples is president-elect of the Kentucky CEC. She said, "This was a great opportunity for me as an educator to learn first-hand about pending legislation that will impact the students with whom I work. It also taught me valuable lessons about the importance of contacting legislators about relevant issues impacting our local students."