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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...
CEC Honors and Celebrates 25th Anniversary of ADA
Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:32:46 -0400 On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). One of the most important civil rights laws in our history and the first major piece of domestic legislation in the world to address the discrimination, legal challenges and physical and systemic barriers faced by individuals with disabilities. The ADA ensures the rights and equality of persons with disabilities on the job, in school, in the community, in transportation, telecommunications and more. There is no question that the ADA has leveled the playing field and immeasurably enhanced the futures of children and youth,...
New Parent Checklist Helps Empower Families to Support Children’s Success in School
Wed, 22 Jul 2015 12:56:54 -0400 As America’s 54 million students prepare to return to school this fall, the U.S. Department of Education, America Achieves, National Council of La Raza (NCLR), National PTA and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) released a parent checklist today with questions and resources that parents and caregivers can use to help ensure their children are getting the education they deserve. The checklist suggests key questions, tips for educational success and resources for more information. The checklist follows the set of rights that the Department recently released outlining what families should be able to expect for their children's education. The rights...
2015 Special Education Legislative Summit: Special Educators Standing Up For Kids on Capitol Hill
Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:55:38 -0400 From July 12-15, some 165 special educators attended the 2015 CEC/CASE Special Education Legislative Summit in Alexandria, Va., to study the critical issues facing the field and build advocacy knowledge and skills, all in preparation for their most important mission: To advocate on behalf of the students back home in their districts and states with policy makers on Capitol Hill. This year’s Summit was the first joint advocacy event between CEC and its special interest division, the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE), resulting in the broadest representation of special education, gifted education, and early intervention, and the biggest...
ESEA is on the Move!
Wed, 08 Jul 2015 18:05:28 -0400 Yesterday began the long awaited action as ESEA heads to the Senate floor to be reauthorized. The debate started on the Every Child Act of 2015 (S.1177) with opening remarks from the bill’s co-authors, Senators Lamar Alexandria (R-TN), and Patty Murray (D-WA). Coming to the floor with a unanimous bi-partisan vote from the HELP Committee, the bill brings significant momentum toward achieving passage. Having said that, it is important to note that many amendments have been filed to date with more to come over the week related to accountability, bullying, early childhood education, Title I portability, and vouchers. Much to...
Funding for Education Programs Down by More Than 9%
Wed, 08 Jul 2015 14:22:41 -0400 The Children’s Budget 2015 compiled by First Focus details federal funding for children. It is a great resource for those seeking to improve the lives of America’s youth. More than 200 distinct investments in children are made by the federal government. Investments include traditional children’s initiatives such as education and prevention of child abuse and neglect. Others include Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps). Overall federal spending on children has declined 9.4 percent (adjusting for inflation) from 2011 to 2015, a higher rate than overall spending cuts of 4 percent. A modest increase in the President’s...
Study: Minorities Are Disproportionately Underrepresented in Special Education
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:11:33 -0400 In what is likely to be a controversial report, researchers from Pennsylvania State University just published a study that investigated whether minority children attending U.S. elementary and middle schools are disproportionately represented in special education. The researchers found that, contrary to widespread concerns that minorities are disproportionately identified to receive special education services, Black and Hispanic students are less likely than their white and non-Hispanic peers to be labeled as having a disability, when factors such as household income, low birth weight and parents' marital status are taken into account. A video by the American Educational Research Association featuring one...
Publicly Reported Assessment Results for Students with Disabilities and ELLs with Disabilities
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:10:07 -0400 The National Center on Educational Outcomes at the University of Minnesota recently released their sixteenth report. This report analyzed how states publicly report online assessment data for students with disabilities in K-12 schools across the United States. For the report, researchers explored websites for the 50 states, the District of Columbia and 10 other areas including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. While the availability and type of data disclosed by each state varied, the report found that there continues to be persistent, deep divisions between the performance of those with and without disabilities across the country on both...