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31 Finalists for $120 Million Race to the Top - District Competition
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 16:55:23 -0500
Last month, the U.S. Department of Education announced that 31 applications were selected as finalists for the Race to the Top-District competition. This program provides nearly $120 million to support locally developed plans improve student learning, increase student success and strengthen educator effectiveness. The finalists represent 80 school districts across 21 states and were selected from a pool of 200 applications that the Department received in October to demonstrate how districts could personalize education for students and provide school leaders and teachers with key tools that support them in meeting students' needs. The Department expects to select 5-10 winners who...
Budget Cuts Threaten Special Education Services, CEC Survey Shows
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 16:42:13 -0500
Over 1,000 special educators from every state echoed the same message in a just-released survey conducted by CEC and the National Coalition of Personnel Shortages in Special Education & Related Services (NCPSSERS): budget cuts are impacting services for students with disabilities. Last year alone, sequestration cut over $600 million from special education programs and over $2 billion from all programs at the U.S. Department of Education. All while state and local education budgets have also been cut. So, it comes as no surprise that 94% of respondents said their school district has been impacted by budget cuts over the last...
Today is the United Nation’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities!
Tue, 03 Dec 2013 13:51:45 -0500
Today, CEC celebrates the United Nation’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities with the 2013 theme: Break Barriers, Open Doors! As we commemorate the improvements for individuals with disabilities in recognition of both civil and human rights, we know there are still many who face physical, social, economic and attitudinal barriers that exclude them from being recognized and respected as equal members of society around the world. To reverse this trend, today people from across the world are promoting the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Visit the United Nations Enable Site to learn more about the theme, events at...
Happy Thanksgiving from CEC!
Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:21:58 -0500
Everyone here at CEC hopes you have a wonderful holiday with your friends and families. We could not achieve our goals without the tremendous support we get from our members. We are thankful for YOU and everything you do for children and youth with exceptionalities!
Hearing for CRPD Shows Support, Secretary of State John Kerry speaks for Ratification!
Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:21:42 -0500
On Nov. 21, 2013, Room G-50 in the U.S. Senate Dirksen Building was once again overflowing with those advocating for the U.S. ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), with Secretary of State John Kerry testifying to the Foreign Relations Committee. Kerry is no stranger to the treaty, as he pushed for its ratification when he was chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee in the Senate. Last week Kerry spoke on behalf of the continued effort to ratify and addressed the many concerns that are still being raised about topics such as homeschooling,...
Don’t Forget to ‘Carve Turkeys, Not Education!’
Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:14:21 -0500
Last week’s Policy Insider featured our Action Alert: Carve Turkeys, Not Education. Meanwhile, Congress continues to make decisions that will determine the amount of funding provided for education programs. Some lawmakers believe Sequestration must continue, but others are still on the fence. In honor of tomorrow’s celebration of Thanksgiving here in the United States, please join CEC and the Committee for Education Funding -- a national coalition of more than 100 education organizations -– in telling Congress to ‘Carve Turkeys, Not Education!’
CEC to White House Officials: Budget Cuts are Threatening Special Education Services. Continue to Share Your Stories!
Wed, 20 Nov 2013 17:16:45 -0500
CEC staff met today with officials from the White House Domestic Policy Council, Office of Management and Budget, and U.S. Department of Education to share how budget cuts have impacted children, schools and communities. As you know, the cuts are hurting our ability to serve our students. CEC and the National Coalition for Personnel Shortages in Special Education and Related Services (NCPSSERS) have conducted a survey and are putting the data together from more than 1,000 special educators from every state who’ve told us how budget cuts have been impacting services and supports for students with disabilities. Stay tuned in...
UNCRPD: Second Senate Hearing, November 21, 2014 – Ratify the UNCRPD Treaty NOW!
Wed, 20 Nov 2013 16:30:57 -0500
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, announced his intention to hold hearings and a markup on the Treaty and is singularly focused and committed to passing the CRPD this year. A hearing was held on Nov. 5. (Listen to the live webcasting with Senator Menendez presiding Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 at 2:30 PM at Senate Dirksen Office Building Room 419) Another hearing of the Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled for tomorrow, November 21, 2014 at 9:30 AM at Senate Dirksen Office Buidling, Room G-50. You can also watch the hearing live on C-SPAN or stream it...
Carve Turkeys, Not Education! Tell Congress to Stop Budget Cuts to Education Programs!
Tue, 19 Nov 2013 12:11:37 -0500
Right now, Congressional leaders are trying to strike a deal that will determine next year’s funding levels for education programs, and all other federal programs. While some lawmakers have made it clear that sequestration – the federal initiative that already cut over $2 billion from the U.S. Department of Education – must not continue, others are still wavering. And some are considering whether to spare defense programs but keep future cuts in place for other domestic programs, like education. Such a thought prompted Sen. Harkin to say that cutting defense at the expense of other programs would be defenseless. Join...
NAEP Results Show Wide Achievement Gaps Between Students With, Without Disabilities
Thu, 14 Nov 2013 14:48:07 -0500
Results for the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) are in and the scores for students with disabilities are dismal. Not only are very few students with disabilities meeting proficiency on NAEP – better known as the Nation’s Report Card – but large achievement gaps between students with and without disabilities remain. NAEP, an assessment given to a representative sample of more than 700,000 students across the country is designed to provide a nationwide snapshot of math and reading performance of students in 4th and 8th grade. While the scores represent only one point in time, due to the...