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Lawmakers Want Federal Special Education Site Restored

Two congressional lawmakers are asking the Trump administration to restore a missing U.S. government website that helps families navigate a complex federal law on students with disabilities. They also want U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ assurance that the site won’t be stripped down during her tenure.

Education advocates late last month noticed that the site, idea.ed.gov, had been shut down. It has since reappeared, but in the past few days it has linked to a generic page offering information about the federal Individuals with Disabilities Eduation Act (IDEA).

The Education Department did not immediately reply to a request for comment, but after the site initially went down, an unnamed department spokesman told The Washington Post that the agency was working on the problem. “The site was not taken down,” the spokesman said, adding that the department had known about it since Feb. 8, one day after DeVos was sworn in.