Current Special/Gifted Education Issues

Public Policy Resources

CEC’s Response to NPRM on Disproportionality
CEC’s response to the U.S. Department of Education Notice for Proposal Rulemaking in the Federal Register on March 2, 2016, regarding determinations of significant disproportionality based on race and the ethnicity in the identification, placement, and discipline of children with disabilities. 

CEC Releases Fiscal Year 2016 Federal Outlook for Exceptional Children
CEC's 2016 Federal Outlook for Exceptional Children provides budgetary recommendations for funding programs for the United States' seven million children with disabilities and/or giftedness. The Federal Outlook is designed to explain to lawmakers and their staff the critical need for funding programs for children with disabilities and/or giftedness. Contributions made by special educators and school districts help put a human touch on these abstract concepts.

CEC’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Chart
Learn about Federal funding for special and gifted education programs including CEC’s recommendations and past funding levels. Fiscal Year Appropriations Chart 2016

Webinar: What Every Educator Needs to Know About Upcoming Changes to Special Education Policy
In this webinar, Deb Ziegler, CEC's Director of Policy & Advocacy, CEC’s Policy and Advocacy Director analyzes education policies currently under discussion in Washington, DC including: ESEA, Federal Budget, Early Childhood, Higher Education, Gifted, and the Education Sciences Reform Act, reviews the recent changes to education policy supported by the Administration and Congress and examine their impact on children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. Originally aired June 4, 2015.