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Special Education Represented at White House Meeting by CEC Board Member
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:17:49 -0500
Jane Quenneville, CEC Board Member, was invited to a meeting at the White House on Tuesday for a parent-teacher listening session. Quenneville, among other attendees including parents and teachers, met with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, and top advisor Stephen Miller in the Roosevelt room at the White House. Quenneville serves as the Principal of The Kilmer Center, a Fairfax County Public School for students ages 5-21, with severe disabilities and/or autism. Quenneville shared the critical importance of special education at the meeting and had an...
Senate HELP and House Education and Workforce Subcommittees Finalized
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:02:04 -0500
Subcommittees for the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) and House Education and Workforce have announced their subcommittee members for 115th Congress. The subcommittees listed below include: the Subcommittee on Children and Families, the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development. Newly appointed subcommittee members are starred in the listings below (click pictures to enlarge). CEC looks forward to working with all members of these subcommittees as we advance CEC’s public policy agenda for children with exceptionalities, and the professionals who work on their behalf. Is your member of...
Importance of Effective Principal Preparation
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:20:05 -0500
The CEEDAR Center has two valuable resources to prepare principals to meet the needs of students with disabilities. The first resource, in collaboration with the Council of Chief State School Officers, PSEL 2015 and Promotion Principal Leadership for the Success of Students with Disabilities is designed to help State Education Agency personnel facilitate building inclusive school districts with the PSEL (Professional Standards for Educational Leaders) 2015 framework. The second resource is an archived webinar titled Preparing Principals to Meeting the Needs of Each Student. The webinar focused on preparing principals to meet the needs of all students, including students with...
Congressional Hearing on School Choice
Thu, 09 Feb 2017 11:39:09 -0500
The Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education of the Education and the Workforce Committee recently held a hearing titled “Helping Students Succeed Through the Power of School Choice.” The hearing was held to discuss the power of school choice and opportunities to extend more educational opportunities. Four witnesses were present and spoke at the hearing, describing their personal experiences concerning how school choice has made a positive difference for their families. The webcast of the hearing has been archived and is available to view online.
Teacher Prep and ESSA Regs: House Resolution to Rescind
Wed, 08 Feb 2017 12:32:15 -0500
On February 1, two resolutions were introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by republicans to rescind Obama administration federal regulations for teacher preparation programs (House Joint Resolution 58) and ESSA accountability (House Joint Resolution 57). On Tuesday, the House passed the two resolutions along party lines and they now will move to the Senate. The White has House reported President Trump would sign them. CEC has weighed in on our concerns regarding the teacher preparation regulations particularly the provision that uses the weight of test scores in the evaluation of higher education programs. CEC supports the ESSA accountability regulations...
Education and Workforce and HELP Committee Members Finalized
Wed, 08 Feb 2017 12:07:26 -0500
The Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) and House Education and Workforce committee members for 115th Congress have been announced. Newly appointed committee members are starred in the listings below (click pictures to enlarge). CEC looks forward to working with all members of these committees as we advance CEC’s public policy agenda for children with exceptionalities, and the professionals who work on their behalf. Is your member of Congress listed as a member of one of these key education committees? We encourage CEC advocates to reach out as a trusted special education resource to these committee members! You can...
Betsy DeVos Confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Education
Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:11:47 -0500
Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as the 11th education secretary after a controversial confirmation process. The 50-50 tie vote in the Senate led Vice President Mike Pence to cast the 51st “yea” vote. The votes were cast along party lines with the exception of two “no” votes from republican Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine. The vote to confirm came after a 24-hour democratic “talkathon” on the floor of the Senate in opposition of DeVos. Betsy DeVos will be sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence at 5:30 PM today and will address staff...
Updates on the DeVos Confirmation
Thu, 02 Feb 2017 17:13:54 -0500
It has not yet been officially announced when the full Senate confirmation vote for the U.S. Secretary of Education nominee, Betsy DeVos, will take place. The word around Washington is that the cloture vote is expected Friday, followed by a final vote on Monday or Tuesday of next week. CEC encourages you to continue to send letters through the Legislative Action Center and make your voices be heard!
Unanswered Questions Remain - DeVos Confirmation. Keep the Pressure on! Write Your Senators AGAIN Today!
Wed, 01 Feb 2017 16:15:17 -0500
CEC has a NEW Call to Action on the Legislative Action Center (LAC)! This week the Senate HELP Committee voted to advance out of committee the nomination of Betsy DeVos as President Trump’s Education Secretary on a 12-11 vote, along party lines. The confirmation vote for DeVos will now move to the full Senate and has yet to be scheduled. The vote may occur as early as this Friday (for more information see Tuesday’s Policy Insider story below). CEC is asking ALL advocates to send letters AGAIN through the LAC to request members of the U.S. Senate to carefully consider...
DeVos Confirmation Approved By Senate HELP Along Party Lines
Tue, 31 Jan 2017 18:03:07 -0500
Today the Senate HELP Committee voted to advance out of committee the nomination of Betsy DeVos as President Trump’s Education Secretary on a 12-11 vote, along party lines. As depicted in CEC’s infographic on mobilizing special educators, over the last week 7,074 CEC advocates sent 22,391 letters to their members of Congress. Your advocacy worked! Thank you for keeping the pressure on. It was clear from the comments made today by both republicans and democrats that CEC’s voice was heard. Republican Senators Isakson (R-GA), Collins (R-ME), and Murkowski (R-AK) all spoke of the importance and value of the Individuals with...