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Policy Insider on Vacation During August Recess
Wed, 05 Aug 2015 12:40:46 -0400 With the U.S. Congress entering it's August recess, the Policy Insider will be taking a brief summer vacation. The next issue of the Policy Insider will be September 16, 2015.
Message from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on the ADA Anniversary
Wed, 05 Aug 2015 12:32:59 -0400 “America leads on disability rights by example, but we must advance them internationally,” says U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, in The Americans with Disabilities Act Turns 25: Now We Must Work for Global Equality. Read Secretary of State John Kerry's article at this link Read CEC’s UNCRP Issue brief.
Senate Passes Hatch, Murray Bipartisan Resolution Commemorating Americans with Disabilities Act Anniversary
Wed, 05 Aug 2015 12:02:30 -0400 Last week, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan resolution from U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Patty Murray (D-WA) to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed into law on July 26, 1990. Senate Cosponsors of the resolution includes: Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA), Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Dianne Feinstein...
Accessibility of Computers and Web Sites—Automated Personalization Computing Project (APCP)
Wed, 05 Aug 2015 11:52:45 -0400 OSERS recently announced a new funding opportunity, the Accessibility of Computers and Web Sites through an Automated Personalization Computing Project (APCP), to create the infrastructure we need to make it easier for any person of any age with any disability to more easily use any web enabled device at school, at home, at work, or in the community. This funding opportunity, totaling up to $20 million over five years, will implement a pilot demonstration of automated personalization for individuals with disabilities who are using information and communication technologies. Individuals with disabilities will be able to access communications and information technology...
House, Senate Educations Leaders Discuss Efforts to Replace NCLB
Wed, 05 Aug 2015 11:50:37 -0400 House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN), Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Senate Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), and House Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA) met recently to discuss proceeding with a conference committee to resolve differences in the House- and Senate-passed bills to replace No Child Left Behind. The House passed the Student Success Act on July 8. The Senate passed the Every Child Achieves Act on July 16. The two chambers will form a conference committee to reconcile the differences between the two bills and develop a bicameral agreement....
Google Hangout – The Hidden Cost of Suspension
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:10:09 -0400 On July 30th at 3:00pm EDT, ED will host a google hangout with experts to discuss “The Hidden Cost of Suspension.” They welcome you and your stakeholders to join – on either Google+ (http://bit.ly/1h5vGAR) or on YouTube (http://youtu.be/W0AroRVB2ao) – to follow the dialogue with: Michael Yudin, Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Russell Skiba of Indiana University’s Equity Project Dr. Ramona Bishop, Superintendent of Vallejo City Unified School District in California Marlyn Tillman from Gwinnett Parent Coalition to Dismantle the School to Prison Pipeline (Gwinnett STOPP) Tomorrow’s google hangout will also mark the release a new set of...
OSEP Policy Documents on the Education of Infants, Toddlers, Children and Youth with Disabilities
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:17:10 -0400 The Secretary published the following list of correspondence from the U.S. Department of Education (Department) to individuals during the second and third quarters of 2014, from April 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014 and July 1, 2014 through September 30, 2014. The correspondence describes the Department's interpretations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or the regulations that implement the IDEA. This list and the letters or other documents described in this list, with personally identifiable information redacted, as appropriate, can be found at: www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/index.html.
Teach to Lead: Educator Leadership
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:51:13 -0400 This powerful video features Teach to Lead's Ruthanne Buck urging educators to think big about their profession. Teacher leadership, she argues, is much more than creating hybrid roles for teachers or structures for teachers to progress through their careers. It's about creating the space for teachers to develop ideas that can change the world. Teach to Lead has engaged with more than 3,000 educators, in person and virtually, giving voice to more than 850 teacher leadership ideas, spanning 38 states. To learn more about Teach to lead, click here.
Republican Appropriations Bills: Shortchanging America’s Future, Serving Special Interests
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:49:45 -0400 House Appropriations Committee Democrats today released Republican Appropriations Bills: Shortchanging America's Future, Serving Special Interests that “highlights some of the most damaging funding cuts in the 2016 Appropriations bills, and policy riders that prioritize special interests and politics over hardworking American families.” For education it says: “The United States is far behind many countries in providing access to preschool education, and ranks just 25th in the world in enrollment of 4 year-olds. Early childhood intervention is critical in reducing inequality and narrowing achievement gaps. Yet the Labor-HHS-Education bill would de-fund preschool programs in 18 states, causing 60,000 children to lose...
ESEA Reauthorization: House and Senate Pass Bills
Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:34:58 -0400 On July 8, the U.S. House of Representatives completed its work on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). H.R.5 the Student Success Act squeaked by with a vote of 218-213. On July 16, the U.S. Senate passed S.117, the Every Child Achieves Act, to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The bill passed by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 81-17, with three Democrats and 14 Republicans voting against the measure. The two bills will now head to the conference committee who will draft a compromise bill that both houses can accept and send to...