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Education Bill Is Backed

Associated Press
Thursday, November 18, 2004; Page A07

House and Senate negotiators agreed to major changes in federal special education law, pressing schools to ensure that children with disabilities get the same opportunities as others.

The deal is expected to be widely supported by the House and Senate tomorrow and approved by President Bush -- allowing Congress to squeeze a significant, bipartisan education bill into the final days of its session.

The bill aims to boost discipline in class, better identify children who have disabilities, get help to students earlier and reduce lawsuits by parents. It also reaffirms the federal government's intent to pay its share of expenses but does not lock in any yearly commitments.

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