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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., was among a select group of members of Congress at the White House today for the official signing of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004.

"It was an honor to stand beside the President today and represent the (Health, Education, Labor and Pensions) Committee. We recognized the importance of this legislation. I'm pleased we met the deadline and finished it this congressional session and didn't have to start over. The legislation includes common sense flexibility provisions that allow schools to target federal funds to areas where it will do their students the most good. It also allows teachers in rural school districts who teach multiple subjects more ways to meet the 'highly qualified' certification standard," said Enzi.

Enzi was a member of the conference committee charged with working out differences between the House and Senate versions and an original cosponsor of the bill. He said the legislation makes many improvements that will benefit students. Some of the improvements include earlier access to services and support, state determination of their own definition of a highly qualified teacher, more flexibility for states to fund special education programs, and schools would get greater flexibility to discipline students.

"I'm looking forward to working with my colleagues on other important education issues, such as job training, lifelong learning, higher education and more in the HELP Committee during the 109th Congress," Enzi said.