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CEC’s Special Education Legislative Summit Dates Announced!
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:50:50 -0500 Summer seems far off but that doesn’t stop CEC from getting ready for the second annual Special Education Legislative Summit (SELS). This year we want it to be bigger and better than ever so mark your calendars for July 9 – 13, 2016 to join us in Alexandria, VA where you will receive the knowledge and skills to prepare you as you take to Capitol Hill to advocate for children and youth with disabilities and gifts and talents. More information to come soon. View and download the official Special Education Legislative Summit flyer here.
ED Sends Guidance to States to Help Reduce Testing
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 15:18:09 -0500 Acting U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. just released new guidance to states to help identify and eliminate low quality, redundant or unhelpful testing. This guidance addresses the use of current federal dollars under NCLB during school years 2015 – 2016 and 2016 – 2017 only. King talks more about the guidance in this video.
Obama Proposes Final White House Budget
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 14:55:40 -0500 On Tuesday, the President released his $4.1 trillion spending plan for FY 2017 that includes key investments in increasing equity and excellence, providing support for teachers and school leaders and expanding access, affordability, and completion in higher education. The budget provides $69.4 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Education in 2017, an increase of $1.3 billion, or 2 percent, over the 2016 enacted level, adjusted for comparability. The budget also proposed $139.7 billion in new mandatory spending and reforms over the next decade. Specifically, some highlights of the budget request, supported by CEC, would increase spending in key...
Valuable Data Resource for Advocacy Efforts
Mon, 08 Feb 2016 15:33:32 -0500 The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center of Disability Statistics and Demographics, part of the Institute on Disability at University of New Hampshire, has released its 2015 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium and its accompanying Disability Statistics Annual Report. Contents, usage guidance, and technical support are available here; additional individual support is available at (866).538.9521 or by emailing disability.statistics@unh.edu. The documents thoroughly outline state-level and trend statistics on population size and prevalence, employment and earnings, health insurance coverage, SSI and SSDI disbursement, special education service patterns, and government spending, as well as other pertinent areas. All data are reported by disability as...
Kasich, Christie and Carson Answer RespectAbility #PwDsVote Scorecard Questionnaire
Mon, 08 Feb 2016 15:24:55 -0500 Following the Iowa Caucus, RespectAbility released the first-ever #PwDsVote 2016 Campaign Scorecard for people with disabilities (PwDs) and spotlighted the three Candidates who completed the questionnaire which included: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (D) and Governor Jeb Bush (R). Recently, RespectAbility was happy to report three additional candidates who completed their campaign scorecards. These three candidates include: Governor John Kasich (R), Governor Chris Christie (R), and Dr. Ben Carson (R). The candidates touched on topics such as: education, employment, access to healthcare, home and community based services and more. Follow the Respectability Report site for...
ED Seeks Interns for Summer 2016
Mon, 08 Feb 2016 14:26:12 -0500 The Department of Education is now accepting applications for interns for the summer of 2016. As an intern you will have the chance to explore fields like education policy, education law, business and finance, research and analysis, intergovernmental relations and public affairs, or traditional and digital communications, all while learning about the role federal government plays in education. Interns also participate in professional development sessions and events outside of the office, such as lunches with ED and other government officials, movie nights, and tours of the Capitol, Supreme Court and other local sights. ED is accepting applications through March 15,...
ED Issues New Guidance on ESSA
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 16:19:28 -0500 On January 28, the U.S. Department of Education released a letter of guidance to states on transition requirements from the No Child Left Behind Act to the Every Student Success Act. The letter sent from Senior Advisor Ann Whalen to Chief State School Officers addresses issues such as whether highly qualified teacher (HQT) rules and Title I set asides for supplemental education services (SES) and choice will apply next year.
Respectability First-Ever #PwDsVote Scorecard Released: Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders with High Numbers
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 13:24:46 -0500 RespectAbility recently released the first-ever #PwDsVote 2016 Campaign Scorecard for people with disabilities (PwDs) as a guide before the Iowa Caucus. The scorecard asked all of the presidential candidates on both sides of the spectrum to comment on 16 disability questions. Candidates earned points if they had a plan on an issue regardless of the substance of that plan. The top scorers included former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (D) and Governor Jeb Bush (R). While these three candidates scored highest, they have dramatically different ideas about how to deal with issues outlined in the scorecard...
Join the U.S. Department of Education on Google Hangout to Discuss Inclusion in Early Childhood Programs
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 13:20:52 -0500 The Departments of Education and Health and Human Services invite you to join them via Google Hangout on February 11th at 3:00 EST for a discussion about inclusion in early childhood programs and why it matters to States, early childhood programs, families, and young children with and without disabilities. On February 18th at 3:00 EST, Phil Strain from the University of Colorado Denver will host a webinar on the research supporting early childhood inclusion. The discussion kicks off a series of webinars on the research, practice, and public awareness of inclusion in early childhood programs, to be held over the...
Tell Congress to Increase Funding for Education!
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:44:46 -0500 The 302(b) allocation is the amount of funding the House and Senate Appropriations Committees provide to the subcommittees. The subcommittees then divvy up the funding between the agencies and programs within their respective jurisdictions. Each year, the Committee on Education Funding, the Coalition for Health Funding, and the Campaign to Invest in America's Workforce partner to circulate a letter throughout our respective communities in support of strong 302(b) allocations for the House and Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittees. The bigger the allocations, the better our chances of securing funding for these agencies and programs; or in the current environment, preventing further...