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The 2014 Paralympics Have Begun!
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:36:00 -0400
Last Friday marked the start of the eleventh Paralympic Winter Games, which are a major international multi-sport event for athletes with disabilities governed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), currently being held in Sochi, Russia from 7-16 March 2014. The Games will feature 72 medal events in five sports. As the Winter games are a great way to be a to support Team USA, it also reminds us of the need to continue the support for the United States to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), to ensure that all athletes can access and compete...
CEC-Endorsed Legislation Introduced to Fully Fund IDEA
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:12:34 -0400
It’s been nearly 40 years since Congress pledged to individuals with disabilities, their families and educators that the federal government would fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). But, Congress has yet to reach this goal. Now, some members of Congress are trying to correct this course and have introduced legislation that would fully fund IDEA by 2025. This week, Congressmen Van Hollen (D-MD), McKinley (R-WV), Walz (D-MN), Gibson (R-NY), Huffman (D-CA) and Reichert (R-WA) introduced the IDEA Full Funding Act (H.R. 4136), CEC-endorsed legislation. Full funding will be reached when the Federal government pays 40% of the...
President Obama's Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Proposal
Wed, 05 Mar 2014 20:00:51 -0500
On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Proposal. Read CEC's response to the President's proposal and its plan for continued advocacy with the U.S. Congress to ensure that children and youth with disabilities and the professionals who work on their behalf have sufficient resources to deliver high quality early intervention and special education. Read the full news release here.
U.S. Department of Ed Releases Report on Improving Reading Outcomes for Students With or At-Risk for Reading Disabilities
Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:07:17 -0500
This month, the Institute of Education Sciences, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, released a report that describes what has been learned regarding the improvement of reading outcomes for children with or at-risk for reading disabilities. The report stressed that preventing reading difficulties early in a child’s school career has potential long-term benefits to the individual as well as society. The document describes contributions to the knowledge base produced by IES-funded research that focuses on four crucial subjects: Assessment: What have we learned about effective identification and assessment of students who have or are at risk for...
$250 Million for New Federal Early Childhood, Preschool Program Must Support Children with Disabilities, CEC Says
Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:05:19 -0500
Last month, when Congress approved funding for the U.S. Department of Education, it established a new $250 million program to focus on expanding high-quality early learning opportunities, but lawmakers were light on the details of the program. This week, CEC weighed in with the Department to advise three key areas that should be addressed in this new program: Devote some of this funding to support IDEA’s early childhood programs, which serve infants, toddlers, preschoolers with disabilities and their families; these programs have been underfunded for decades. Encourage states to focus on children beginning at birth to increase the value of...
Senate, House Education Committees Address Early Education
Wed, 26 Feb 2014 10:22:48 -0500
Earlier this month, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) and House Education and Workforce Committee both held hearings focusing on high-quality early education, a priority of the Obama Administration which the President highlighted in his last two State of the Union speeches. With the compelling and growing body of research that demonstrates the important role early education can have on children as they progress through their academic career, some lawmakers on Capitol Hill have become increasingly interested in expanding access to pre-kindergarten. This is an issue the public has expressed support for, in fact, 63 percent...
Department of Education 2014 Summer Internships, Apply by March 15th
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:04:51 -0500
Interning with the Department of Education (ED) is a great way to explore your interests in education policy research and analysis, intergovernmental relations and public affairs, and even work with social media while learning about the role Federal Government plays in education. ED is accepting applications for Summer 2014 through March 15. If you are interested in interning for the upcoming summer, there are three materials you must send before being considered for an interview: A cover letter summarizing why you wish to work at ED and stating your previous experiences in the line of education, if any. Include here...
Summer Programs for K-12 Teachers at the Library of Congress, Apply by March 24th
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:00:01 -0500
The Library of Congress is accepting applications for its week-long summer programs for K-12 educators through March 24. Selected participants join colleagues from across the country for five days of high quality professional development in Washington, D.C. Educators across subject areas and grade levels work side by side with Library education specialists and collections experts to develop lessons for use in their classrooms. At the program’s end, participants will return to their school settings armed with multiple strategies for developing, refining, and implementing lessons with primary source analysis at the center. Applications are due Monday, March 24th. This summer, the...
Over 130 Lawmakers Urge President Obama to Increase IDEA Funding in 2015 Budget; Join CEC’s Advocacy for a Greater Investment in IDEA
Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:49:56 -0500
Every budget, whether it’s for the federal government, a local school district, or your family, reflects priorities. But, recent budget proposals put forth by President Obama – and his predecessors – have yielded few, if any, increases for IDEA’s programs, which serve over six million children and youth with disabilities. While the economic stimulus package of 2009 doubled funding for IDEA programs, subsequent funding levels remain far below CEC’s recommendations. Today, 139 members of the U.S. House of Representatives – led by Representatives Huffman (D-CA), Polis (D-CO), McKinley (R-WV), Harper (R-MS) – called on President Obama to reverse course and...
The Department of Justice Publishes Two New ADA Technical Assistance Documents
Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:37:46 -0500
Last week, the Department of Justice published two new technical assistance documents to assist Title II entities (state and local governments) and Title III entities (businesses and nonprofit organizations that serve the public) in understanding how the rules under the Americans with Disabilities Act apply to them. Both documents are available on the ADA website. Wheelchairs, Mobility Aids, and Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices provides guidance on the department’s 2010 regulations regarding the use of wheelchairs and mobility aids, as well as other types of less-traditional powered mobility devices. The document defines such devices; includes factors covered entities should consider when...