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NJCLD Seeks to Influence Policy for Children with Learning Disabilities
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:32:26 -0400 During the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD) annual meeting member organizations were briefed by a panel of policy experts on opportunities to influence federal policy to benefit the education and welfare of students with learning disabilities. NJCLD is a national committee representing eleven organizations concerned about individuals with learning disabilities that has been in existence since 1975. CEC’s Division for Communicative Disabilities and Deafness (DCDD) and Division for Learning Disabilities (DLD) are members. Topics centered around the “Big” issues including federal policy being considered by the U.S. Congress and the Administration. Panel member Deborah Ziegler, CEC Director of...
U.S. Department of Education Grants to Expand Charter Schools
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:09:12 -0400 U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that The Expanding Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Program (Charter Schools Program or CSP) has awarded new grants this week to fund the creation and expansion of public charter schools across the nation, totaling approximately $253 million. These grants are awarded to state educational agencies and other state entities, charter management organizations and other non-profit organizations and represent the first cohort of new awards under the program's new authorizing statute, the Every Student Succeeds Act. CEC believes that charter schools as public schools must reflect a commitment to free and universal public education,...
White House Nominations to the U.S. Department of Education
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:05:45 -0400 The President announced his intent to nominate three individuals to positions at the U.S. Department of Education: Mitchell Zais, to be Deputy Secretary of Education. Most recently, Zais served as South Carolina’s elected State Superintendent of Education. During his term in office, his agency’s budget was reduced, while on-time high school graduation rates increased every year to an all-time high. Previously, he served 10 years as President of Newberry College in South Carolina. Also, he served 31 years as an infantry soldier in the U.S. Army -- retiring as a Brigadier General. James Blew, to be Assistant Secretary for Planning,...
Advocate for Education Investments for FY 2018!
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:50:59 -0400 As previously reported in the Policy Insider, last month Congress enacted a continuing resolution (CR) maintaining fiscal year (FY) 2017 funding levels through December 8. Since then both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have been working on respective appropriations bills and budget resolutions. Congress will need to come together and approve a FY2018 budget by December 8 to keep the government funded. On September 14, the House passed an omnibus FY 2018 appropriations bill that included all 12 government funding bills. The omnibus appropriations bill cuts non-defense discretionary (NDD) spending by $5 billion below the FY...
How Diverse is the Teacher Work Force?
Mon, 09 Oct 2017 17:38:35 -0400 The Center for American Progress (CAP) recently released America Needs More Teachers of Color and a More Selective Teaching Profession. Although people of color constitute more than one-third of the U.S. labor force, less than 20 percent of teachers identify as people of color. Research shows that teachers of color are often better able to engage students of color, which increases high school completion and college attendance rates. In this 2017 review, CAP determined that there remains a massive gap between the percentage of nonwhite students and teachers, as the country’s student population continues to grow more diverse. In large...
House and Senate Pass Bipartisan EHDI Bill
Fri, 06 Oct 2017 14:02:43 -0400 The Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Act of 2017 has passed in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation reauthorizes newborn hearing screening programs for five years, through fiscal year 2022. The House bill, H.R. 1539, was introduced on March 15, 2017 and sponsored by Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY). The bill has 25 cosponsors. The Senate bill, S. 652, was also introduced on March 15, 2017 and sponsored by Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH). This bill has 13 cosponsors. In a statement from Sen. Rob Portman’s office: “This bill will reauthorize current research and improve...
Core Policies to Address Well-being of Infants, Toddlers, and Families
Fri, 06 Oct 2017 12:54:00 -0400 ZERO TO THREE and CLASP's "Building Strong Foundations: Advancing Comprehensive Policies for Infants, Toddlers, and Families" project seeks to promote federal and state policies that comprehensively address the well-being of infants, toddlers, and families. This publication is guided by a framework that outlines the needs of infants and toddlers, recognizing that all children benefit from healthy bodies, healthy minds, and healthy parents; economically stable families; strong parents; and high-quality child care and early education opportunities. From the Ground Up: Establishing Strong Core Policies for Infants, Toddlers, and Families, includes the rationale for investing in programs that support children’s development in...
Title IX Enforcement
Thu, 05 Oct 2017 09:46:13 -0400 On September 22, building on her earlier remarks regarding the Department’s commitment to protecting all students from discrimination, Secretary DeVos announced new, interim guidance for schools on how to investigate and adjudicate allegations of campus sexual misconduct under federal law. “This interim guidance will help schools as they work to combat sexual misconduct and will treat all students fairly,” the Secretary stated. “Schools must continue to confront these horrific crimes and behaviors -- head-on. There will be no more sweeping them under the rug. But the process also must be fair and impartial, giving everyone more confidence in its outcomes”...
IDEA Data Brief Series
Mon, 02 Oct 2017 10:13:00 -0400 The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) recently released a series of three IDEA Data Briefs. The three topics included in the series are: Due Process Complaints/Hearing, Written State Complaints, and Mediation. States are required to report activity and performance on dispute resolution options to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) annually. Data presented in these data briefs include dispute resolution data reported to OSEP by the states. This series of briefs examines 11 years of IDEA dispute resolution activity, concluding in 2014-15.
Resource on Building Inclusive State Child Care Systems
Fri, 29 Sep 2017 10:39:00 -0400 The Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children, in partnership with Child Care Aware of America and the Ounce of Prevention Fund, recently released Building Inclusive State Child Care Systems. The resource is intended to support child care administrators, IDEA Part C and Part B 619 Coordinators, early childhood advocates and other relevant stakeholders in achieving full inclusion of young children with disabilities in early care and education programs. The publication provides detailed examples of requirements for inclusion in child care programs through specific state overviews of policies and practices used to improve the quality of inclusion...