Perhaps the U S Congress needs a good second grade teacher to whip them into shape.
Seriously though the shutdown of the federal government, if it lasts more than a week or so, could adversely affect children with disabilities. The Department of Education has ensured that federal IDEA money will be available at least for now, but any delay of a week or more will seriously cut into the flow of other federal money going to school districts and colleges. The timing couldn't be worse coming on the heels of the 600 million dollar cut to special ed funds under the sequester (an odd name for Congress' meat cleaver approach to deficit reduction.) Here is a great analysis of the situation by our friends at the policy division of the Council for Exceptional Children.