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Schools Must Do More Than Provide a “merely more than de minimis” Education Program
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:47:23 -0400 The U.S. Supreme Court today issued a unanimous opinion in the case, Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, ruling in favor of the parents of a Colorado student with autism who indicated that the district did not meet the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) thereby, denying him a free appropriate public education (FAPE). Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr who wrote the opinion said, “when all is said and done, a student offered an educational program providing ‘merely more than de minimis’ progress from year to year can hardly be said to have been offered...
Protect Medicaid: Urge Your Member of Congress to vote "No" on AHCA
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:38:30 -0400 CEC is concerned that the Medicaid refinancing provision in the American Health Care Act (AHCA) jeopardizes health care for the nation’s most vulnerable children: children with disabilities and children in poverty. Specifically, a per capita cap system for states will undermine state’s ability to provide America’s neediest children access to vital health care that ensures they have adequate educational and developmental opportunities and can contribute to society. Medicaid is cost effective and an efficient way to fund essential health care services for children. In fact, while children comprise almost half of Medicaid beneficiaries, less than one in five dollars spent...
CEC President Mikki Garcia on President Trump’s Budget
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:26:14 -0400 Arlington, Va., March 17, 2017 – The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is fully committed to our mission as a professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children and youth with exceptionalities. While CEC supports the continuation of the $13 billion committed to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the law has been underfunded since 1975, jeopardizing the provision of a free appropriate public education for the nation’s children and youth with disabilities. CEC is disappointed in President Trump’s budget, which proposes an overall 13 percent funding cut for education programs thereby, reducing access to quality public...
Tell Congress Protect $4 Billion in Medicaid!
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:56:58 -0400 CEC is concerned that the Medicaid refinancing provision in the American Health Care Act the House Energy and Commerce Committee marked up last week jeopardizes health care for the nation’s most vulnerable children: children with disabilities and children in poverty. Specifically, a per capita cap system for states will undermine state’s ability to provide America’s neediest children access to vital health care that ensures they have adequate educational and developmental opportunities and can contribute to society. Medicaid is cost effective and an efficient way to fund essential health care services for children. In fact, while children comprise almost half of...
Congress Overturns ESSA Regulations
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:50:59 -0400 The Congress recently voted to overturn the U.S. Department of Education’s regulation implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act’s (ESSA) core requirement that schools be held accountable for the performance of historically marginalized students, including students with disabilities. Thousands of letters were sent by CEC advocates opposing overturning the regulations to their members of Congress. Thank you for your advocacy. While the Department is prohibited from writing “substantially similar” rules until new legislation is passed they are able to provide guidance. On March 13, only a few days after the regulations were rescinded, Secretary DeVos sent a guidance letter to state...
Troublesome Teacher Preparation Rules Rescinded
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:45:13 -0400 The Senate voted 59-40 on March 8 to rescind the U.S. Department of Education teacher preparation regulations, following the House vote to also rescind. The White House has said that the President supports the joint resolution and is expected to sign it into law. CEC members expressed their concern over the requirement of a state-based rating system for preparation programs. CEC believes that any changes to the law need to occur through a reauthorization process and not a regulatory process. As the Higher Education Act Reauthorization proceeds CEC will be advocating for provisions for well-prepared supported educators that serve children...
Federal Education Policy Workshop at CEC Convention
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:07:13 -0400 Register for the pre-convention workshop on Wednesday, April 19, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, A New President and Congress: Implications for Federal Education Policy! Deborah A. Ziegler, CEC’s Policy and Advocacy Director, will introduce you to the new policy players, present pending federal education policies supported by the new Administration and Congress and examine their impact on children and youth with exceptionalities and the professionals who work on their behalf. Participants will learn about CEC’s positions on IDEA, HEA, Perkins, and ESRA Reauthorization, the federal budget and new and pending guidance/regulations from the U.S. Department of Education. Join us to...
OSERS Seeks Comments on New IDEA Website
Mon, 13 Mar 2017 10:52:34 -0400 The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) is seeking input from users of the IDEA.ed.gov, the website dedicated to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This input will be included in an effort to provide updated, easy-to-navigate IDEA resources to children with disabilities and their families, teachers, administrators, advocates, and other stakeholders. OSERS has posted a Blog for users to provide comments. The following questions should be addressed in a blog post: What are the resources you use most often at IDEA.ed.gov? What additional information and/or functionality would you like to see included in the new IDEA...
CEC Advocates for OSERS Expert Leaders
Wed, 08 Mar 2017 17:29:35 -0500 There are approximately 550 key presidential appointed positions in Trump’s new administration that must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. To date, less than ten percent have been appointed and confirmed by the Senate. In total, approximately 4,000 positions can be filled by presidential appointment. Transition in any new administration is a difficult process and this holds true for the Trump Administration. CEC believes consideration of the qualifications of the appointee should center on their expertise and understanding of the system in order to effect systems change. CEC is most interested in the appointment of two positions in the U.S....
CEC Opposes Reauthorization of D.C. Private School Voucher Program
Wed, 08 Mar 2017 17:20:58 -0500 CEC joined sixty two national organizations in a National Coalition for Public Education (NCPE) campaign opposing the reauthorization of the District of Columbia private school voucher program. The letter sent to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee states that the D.C. program has proven ineffective and unaccountable to taxpayers citing multiple U.S. Department of Education (USED) studies and two U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports. The NCPE Coalition points out the D.C. voucher program threatens civil rights and undermines constitutional protections. The D.C. voucher program does not provide parents real choice as “students with disabilities often cannot find a...