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Early Learning in ESSA: ED Releases Guidance
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:54:57 -0400 The U.S. Department of Education released non-regulatory guidance focused on how the nation’s new education law supports young children including those with disabilities. President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law in December to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and replace key requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. For the first time, the ESSA includes provisions to promote coordination in early learning among local communities; align preschool with early elementary school; and build the capacity of teachers, leaders and others serving young children including those with disabilities to provide...
Celebrating World Teacher’s Day 2016
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:45:06 -0400 World Teacher’s Day was celebrated by many this month on October 5th. The theme this year was “Valuing Teachers, Improving their Status.” This was the first World Teacher’s Day that was celebrated with the new Global Education 2030 Agenda. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) first declared October 5th to be World Teacher’s Day in 1994. Catch up on the celebration by searching #WorldTeachersDay on Twitter. We hope all teachers had a wonderful World Teacher’s Day 2016!
Transition for Individuals with Disabilities
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:20:32 -0400 The U.S. Department to Education has awarded $39 million in grants to 5 states to ensure students with disabilities are college and career ready. The five states receiving grants are: California, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts and Vermont. U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King Jr., acknowledged the need for students with disabilities to have strong transition plans when they leave high school and move on to post-secondary education and/or employment. The grant funds, under the Disability Innovation Fund (DIF) Program, will support innovative activities aimed to improve outcomes for people with disabilities.
Revenues and Expenditures Rise Slightly in Public Education
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:17:55 -0400 This First Look contains national and state totals of revenues and expenditures for public elementary and secondary education for school year 2013-14. This First Look includes revenues by source and expenditures by function and object, including current expenditures per pupil and instructional expenditures per pupil. This report presents data submitted annually to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) by state education agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report shows that the amount of money spent per pupil in public elementary and secondary schools within the United States rose by 1.2 percent from Fiscal Year...
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:49:46 -0400 President Barack Obama has proclaimed October 2016 as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This year’s theme focuses on inclusion; specifically how inclusion can diversify the workplace and provide opportunities of growth and improvement for those individuals with disabilities. This proclamation serves to bring awareness to the disparities seen by Americans with disabilities. In the proclamation it is reported that the unemployment rate is more than twice as high for individuals with disabilities, compared to those without a disability. The proclamation goes on to recognize the advancements made with the American with Disabilities Act, while acknowledging that there is still room...
Academic Assessments For Children With Disabilities Grant
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:33:46 -0400 The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) of the University of Minnesota received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support children with disabilities and academic assessments. The grant aims to increase participation and improve results both in state and local school districts, specifically for children with disabilities. These funds will help states meet data collection and reporting requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The funding for this grant is available through the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
Personnel Development Grants Awarded
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:42:48 -0400 The U.S. Department of Education released a list of seven states selected to receive up to $7 million in grants from the State Personnel Development program (SPD). The program aims to improve the educational services offered to children with disabilities by providing support to state education agencies (SEAs) who spend at least 90 percent of their funds on professional development activities, including the recruitment and retention of qualified special education teachers. The grant program stipulates that states must collaborate with at least one institution of higher learning, a local education agency, and a parenting resource center to implement a plan...
Centers for Parents of Children with Disabilities Grants Awarded
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 14:58:24 -0400 T he U.S. Department of Education recently announced the award of $2.5 million in grants to operate 23 Community Parent Resource Centers in 17 states and a Parent Training and Information Center to serve American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Republic of Palau. The centers provide parents with the training and information necessary to work with professionals in meeting the early intervention and special needs of children with disabilities.
What Works Clearinghouse New Website
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 10:32:34 -0400 What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) has recently launched a new resigned website – ultimately helping both teachers and students discover new interventions for educational success! The highlighted new feature on the website is the Find What Works tool, which allows users to learn about new resources to increase positive student outcomes. These tools include: products, policies, programs and practices. Watch a video tour or read more about the new WWC website.
Kids’ Share 2016 Report
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 10:27:11 -0400 The annual Kids’ Share 2016: Federal Expenditures on Children through 2015 and Future Projections report shows the current and future projections of the limited amount of federal money existing for children. These projections include federal spending and tax investments for both children and families. The report states that funding specific to children will be cut in coming years, including education. Education is projected to suffer a 24% decrease in funding throughout the next ten years. Take a stand now and send a letter to your legislators through CEC’s Legislative Action Center to let them know education funding cannot be cut!