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ESEA Reauthorization Bill in House Stalls
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:08:06 -0500 Last week an expected vote in the House on the Student Success Act, H.R.5 did not occur due to apparent controversy on the provisions in the bill. It is unclear when or if the bill will come back on the floor for a vote. It is not on the House schedule this week and the House is in recess next week. The House considered 44 amendments with various outcomes last Thursday and Friday. CEC along with many disability and education groups oppose H.R.5. In the Senate, Senate HELP Chair Alexander (R-TN) and ranking member Murray (D-WA) are working to draft...
Closing the Discipline Gap
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:56:48 -0500 In a report released by the Center for Civil Rights Remedies, researchers studied the discipline gap of U.S. students and determined that it is a driving reason as to why we are unable to close the overall achievement gap. The statistical analysis indicated that those districts with the most outstanding suspensions have shown their students to be missing out on days of instruction, therefore leading to overall poor performance in school. The report analysis breaks down federal data by elementary and secondary schools and combines all out-of-school suspensions to calculate comparative suspension rates for every district in the nation. The...
The U.S. Department of Education Now Accepting Applications for the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Grant Program
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 09:28:00 -0500 On Monday, March 2, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education announced the beginning of the 2015 grant competition for the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Grant Program (DDRA) DDRA provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months. Those who may apply: Institutions of Higher Education Graduate students in doctoral programs in the fields of foreign languages and area studies must apply through the institutions in which they are enrolled. Those who are eligible...
Join CEC for Sun, Fun, and the Latest in Policy Developments!
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:57:47 -0500 CEC is gearing up for its annual Convention taking place in sunny San Diego, California April 8-11, 2015. As many of you may know, CEC features a wide array of convention workshops and sessions that highlight a number of important subjects while also giving convention goers a chance to earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs). One of our most notable workshops focuses entirely on special education federal policy. What Every Educator Needs to Know About Coming Changes to Special Education Policy In this wide-ranging presentation, CEC’s Policy and Advocacy Director will analyze education policies currently under discussion in Washington, DC, review...
CEC Urges the House to Reject ESEA Bill
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:50:18 -0500 The House is poised this week to consider the GOP ESEA reauthorization bill, the Student Success Act, H.R.5. CEC along with many other education and disability groups believe that a reauthorized ESEA must ensure opportunity, equity, and excellence for all students. H.R.5 erodes and weakens current protections for students with disabilities and CEC sent a letter today to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives recommending that they VOTE NO ON H.R.5! Read the bill text for H.R.5 here. Read the House Report for H.R.5 here.
Council for Economic Advisers Report: The Economics of Early Childhood Investments
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:14:03 -0500 A new report, titled The Economics of Early Childhood Investments, released by the Council of Economic Advisers shows that a strong focus on early learning provides benefits to society of roughly $8.60 for every $1 spent, about half of which comes from increased earnings for children when they grow up. Researchers have established that early childhood is a significant period when important developments in reasoning, language acquisition, and problem solving occur. And very importantly it is also a time when a child’s environment dramatically influences the degree and pace of these developments. By supporting development when children are very young,...
Featured in ERIC: Teachers’ Acceptance of Students with Special Education Needs
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:55:29 -0500 Although inclusive education has made great progress through the years, there are still strong debates over what is the most influential factor that may decrease teachers' resistance to and increase their advocacy of inclusive education. Many present day teachers seem to commonly agree with the concept of inclusion but this acceptance of inclusion has not yet become universal. The factors that are said to be driving forces behind this notion include the lack of: knowledge and training, time, resources, supports from school and government, and organization with teaching staff and parents. In a study featured on the Education Resources Information...
Obama’s Weekly Address: Every Child Deserves a Fair Shot
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:51:49 -0500 In Obama’s most recent weekly address, he laid out his plan to ensure that more children will get more access to high-quality preschool and graduate from school fully prepared for their future, college and career-wise. It is evident that elementary and secondary schools are doing better than they have in recent years, and along with this, news reports show that high school graduation rate has hit an all-time high, but with great progress comes even more work and determination to ensure every child receives a quality education. This directly correlates to the Presidents desire to replace No Child Left Behind...
United Nations Global Education First Initiative Launches #DrawDisability Campaign
Tue, 10 Feb 2015 16:12:10 -0500 The United Nations Global Education First Initiative (GEFI) are now accepting Submissions for a global art campaign that aims to raise young people’s awareness of disabilities and inclusion. GEFI, partnering with the Global Observatory for Inclusion (GLOBI), and the GEFI Youth Advocacy Group (YAG), have launched the #DrawDisability campaign and invite children and youth to reflect on the lives of Persons with Disabilities (PWD), through drawing. Schools from around the world are encouraged to get involved in the campaign. A set of Teacher Guidelines have been developed to help teachers promote critical reflections and awareness of disability within the classroom....
The Center for American Progress Shows Why We Need a Federal Preschool Investment
Mon, 09 Feb 2015 16:46:43 -0500 President Barack Obama is committed to providing all children including those with disabilities access to high-quality preschool opportunities. And although strong progress is being made, there is still much more to do to ensure that all children have access to high-quality early childhood programs from birth. The Center for American Progress released 6 charts that show why policymakers need to invest in early childhood education now. Their Research indicates that access to quality preschool can provide improvement for children that will influence their accomplishments for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, not every child has access to high-quality early education,...