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Become an Advocate at CEC’s National Legislative Conference!
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:15:49 -0400 As someone who advocates for your students every day, you need to attend CEC’s National Legislative Conference and bring your passion to Capitol Hill. At CEC’s National Legislative Conference you will: Gain the experience and confidence you need to successfully communicate with policymakers. Visit U.S. Congressional offices and advocate for students with exceptionalities. Meet with Washington’s top policymakers and learn how education reforms – including new standards, assessments and funding – are affecting you and your students. Develop skills to effectively advocate for yourself with your local school administrators and policymakers about new special education teacher evaluation systems. Share ideas...
Top Federal Officials Emphasize High Expectations for Students with Disabilities at CEC Convention
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:59:43 -0400 Michael Yudin, OSERS What happens when you combine thousands of special educators with over 800 professional development sessions? Learning…networking…sharing…and many stories about students! Last week at CEC’s Annual Convention & Expo, attendees heard directly from two top officials at the U.S. Department of Education who shared the importance of having high expectations for children and youth with disabilities. For Michael Yudin, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, and Melody Musgrove, Director of the Office of Special Education Programs, their office is guided by inclusion, equity, and opportunity for children and youth with disabilities and...
Applications for Training & Information Centers for Parents of Children With Disabilities Now Available
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:11:16 -0400 On Wednesday, April 9, the Federal Register released applications for awards for training and information centers for parents of children with disabilities. The purpose of this program is to fund 24 Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) designed to meet the information and training needs of parents of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities, ages birth through 26 and the information and training needs of youth with disabilities living in the States served by the centers. Since the Department first funded PTIs over 35 years ago, they have helped parents navigate special education laws to help make decisions for...
Tweet with Us! Join the Policy and Advocacy Twitter Campaign for the CEC 2014 Convention!
Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:53:37 -0400 This year at CEC’s 2014 Convention & Expo in Philadelphia the Legislative Action Center (LAC), located in CEC Central, will feature a fun and effective way of driving the voice of special educators, administrators, students and more with our Special Education/Gifted Funding Twitter Campaign. For those of your in Philadelphia, come to the LAC Booth with creative thoughts, feelings, and opinions on what YOU would do with more funding for special/gifted education. We will have a white board and a camera at the ready to tweet out from our twitter account @CECAdvocacy throughout the convention. But this campaign is not...
U.S. Department of Education Officials to be Featured at CEC Convention in Philadelphia!
Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:50:03 -0400 The CEC Policy Team has been humming Elton John’s Philadelphia Freedomall week long here in preparation for the CEC Annual Convention & Expo, which kicks off today!(WARNING: If you listen, you’ll be humming along with us!) With over 800 professional development sessions on anything and everything special/gifted education, there’s much to do between now and Saturday, April 12th! As readers of our Policy Insider Blog, we know you’ll find these sessions interesting: CEC’s Legislative Action Center - All day, every day! Located in CEC Central in the Expo Hall Stop by, get a prize, & learn how you can get...
Bi-Partisan Charter School Bill Introduced in the House; Strengthens Requirements for Students with Disabilities
Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:30:08 -0400 There must be something in the water in the office buildings of the U.S. House of Representatives. This week there have been two, bi-partisan, education bills introduced – a departure from business as usual! On Monday, Congressmen Kline (R-MN) and Miller (D-CA) introduced the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act, legislation that – among other things – would go a long way to ensuring that charter schools are indeed a public school choice option for students with disabilities. As we’ve reported, CEC has had concerns that charter schools were not adequately enrolling and serving students with disabilities, a...
Congress Moves to Rewrite Education Research Legislation; Prioritizes Special Education & Includes Key CEC Recommendations
Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:12:15 -0400 Using evidence-based special education practices is not only what is best for students, but it is required by law. To help special educators do this, the National Center for Special Education Research – one of four centers within the Institute of Education Sciences, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education -- has been investigating critical questions to expand our knowledge and understanding of infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities. (Click here for a great summary of research findings from 2006-2012, and here for CEC’s website on NCSER). Today, Republican and Democrat leaders of the House Education and the...
Do Your Members of Congress Support IDEA/Gifted Funding? Now’s the Time to Ask!
Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:19:09 -0400 It’s that time of year again. Yes, it’s spring and flowers are beginning to bloom but in Washington, March/April is when the Appropriations – federal funding – process kicks into high gear. Between federal, state, and local budget cuts, education budgets have been squeezed thin across the nation. We know that 83% of special educators have already reported budget cuts impacting special education services. That’s why CEC has been working with leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to increase funding for special and gifted education programs. Right now, a bi-partisan group of lawmakers in the House &...
U.S. Department of Education Releases Race to the Top State Progress Reports
Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:57:01 -0400 On March 19th, the year three Race to the Top state progress reports for the District of Columbia and the 11 states that received grants in the first two rounds of the program: Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Tennessee were released by the U.S. Department of Education. They reflect reporting done for the school year of 2012/2013. The reports show the progress that each state has made against their original plan they set forth at the beginning of the program. States are only compared to the standards...
U.S. Department of Ed Prioritizes Students with Disabilities in New Investing in Innovation Grant Competition
Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:52:36 -0400 The U.S. Department of Education announced the start of the $134 million 2014 Investing in Innovation (i3) grant competition for pre-applications for the i3 "Development" grants (up to $3,000,000 each), which funds grantees with promising but relatively untested ideas. This year's priorities for the Development grant category are: Improving Academic Outcomes for Students with Disabilities, Effective Use of Technology, Improving Academic Outcomes for English Learners (ELs), Improving the Effectiveness of Teachers or Principals, Improving Low-Performing Schools, and Serving Rural Communities. To help grantees enhance relationships at the national, regional, and local level, and in hopes of amplifying and sustaining the...