When parents request a necessary, but expensive program or service for a child the school district often claim that they don't have the funding. This response has become even more prevalent during the current economic recession. Not only is this excuse impermissible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), it may not be true. A recent Wall Street Journal article reports that school districts have been "redirecting" millions of dollars meant for special education students. What's more, President Obama has increased IDEA funding by $11.3 billion for the next year. The bottom line: if your child has a disability covered by IDEA your child is entitled to a Free and Appropriate Education (FAPE). Cost should never be a factor.