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Senate Due To Slash BILLIONS in Medicaid - Tell Your Senators to Vote No TODAY!
Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:00:47 -0400 The Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is on a fast track. A small group of Republican Senators are working behind closed doors and the news that has “leaked” is alarming. The Senate bill potentially could be worse than the House passed bill and will include Medicaid per capita caps. It has been rumored that the bill has been sent to the Congressional Budget Office and the score may be ready early next week. The Senate bill could come to the floor for debate and a vote as early as next Thursday. CEC is concerned about...
Salaries Are on the Rise for Faculty in Higher Education
Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:55:31 -0400 NEA Higher Education Advocate recently published an article The Slow Road to Salary Gains in the Special Salary Issue, 2017. The detailed 2015-16 Faculty Salary Report shows that full-time faculty salaries have almost recovered to pre-recessionary levels since 2008. At both public and private institutions, faculty saw 3 percent and 2 percent increases last year, respectively. Faculty at public four-year institutions experienced a 5 percent increase in number of positions, and only a slight increase of tenured positions, 1 percent. Private institutions decreased their number of tenured faculty significantly over the two years, by 7 percent. The salary advantage for...
CEC Supports Full Funding for IDEA
Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:45:26 -0400 Recently the bipartisan IDEA Full Funding Act, H.R. 2902 was introduced by Representative Huffman (D-CA). Cosponsors include Representatives: McKinley (R-WV), Walz (D-MN), Reichert (R-WA), Schrader (D-OR) and Katko (R-NY). Representative Huffman also introduced the IDEA Full Funding Act in the 114th Congress. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was passed in 1975, committing the federal government to pay 40 percent of the average per pupil expenditure for special education, but unfortunately it currently appropriates only 15.7 percent. CEC, along with partner organizations, advocates for full funding of IDEA to protect students with disabilities by ensuring a free appropriate public...
Medicaid Services for Children in Jeopardy – Tell the Senate TODAY to Vote No!
Wed, 14 Jun 2017 17:24:56 -0400 Rumors are rampant in Washington, D.C. about the status of a Republican Senate bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. It has been reported that the “secret” bill could come to the floor of the Senate for debate as soon as June 26 and voted on by June 30. CEC is concerned about the lack of transparency by the Senate Republicans as most of the member of the Republican Caucus have not yet seen the bill, Senate Democrats have not been included, no hearings will be held, and it is unlikely that the public will be privy to the bill...
Breaking Down Barriers to Success: Policy, Progress, and the State of Learning Disabilities
Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:07:46 -0400 The State of Learning Disabilities: Understanding the 1 in 5 was recently unveiled by the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD). The report uses recently released data for the 2015-2016 school year and other field-leading research to shine a light on the current challenges and opportunities facing the 1 in 5 children who have learning and attention issues such as dyslexia and ADHD. “Children with learning and attention issues are as smart as their peers and with the right support can achieve at high levels, but a lack of early or effective interventions leads too many kids on a downward...
Comparing Teacher Quality Around the World
Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:06:26 -0400 The National Center on Education and the Economy recently held a briefing, Empowered Educators: How High-Performance Systems Shape Teaching Quality Around the World. Empowered Educators, led by Linda Darling-Hammond with researchers: Karen Hammerness, Mistilina Sato, A. Lin Goodwin, and Ann McIntyre described some of the world’s top-performing education systems. Each researcher focused on building effective systems and made a commitment to professionalizing teaching as an occupation central to their education agendas. Australia: Toward a national system; Canada: Diversity and decentralization; Finland: Constructing teacher quality; Shanghai: Culture, policy and practice; and Singapore: A teaching model for the 21st century. Four key...
Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities Applications Open
Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:17:57 -0400 The Department of Education recently issued a notice in the Federal Register inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2017 for the Technical Assistance and Dissemination To Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities – Technical Assistance Center on Positive Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Outcomes for Young Children With, and at Risk for, Developmental Delays or Disabilities. The purpose of the Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities program is to promote academic achievement and to improve results for children with disabilities by providing technical assistance (TA), supporting model demonstration projects,...
Save Medicaid!
Wed, 07 Jun 2017 15:50:52 -0400 CEC joined Senators Casey, Wyden, Van Hollen, Duckworth and Hassan along with hundreds of disability, civil rights and human rights advocates to tell the Senate to stop Medicaid cuts and caps and protect the lives of people with disabilities. CEC has taken a strong stance against the Medicaid provisions in the House passed, American Health Care Act (AHCA), as it slashes health care funding for our nation’s most vulnerable children – children with disabilities and children in poverty. AHCA is harmful and deeply flawed. CEC calls on the Senate to do no harm to children with disabilities and reject this...
OSERS Deputy Assistant Secretary Named by Secretary DeVos
Wed, 07 Jun 2017 12:28:12 -0400 U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, announced the hiring of Kimberly Richey, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS). OSERS mission statement is: "To improve early childhood, education, and employment outcomes and raise expectations for all people with disabilities, their families, their communities, and the nation." In implementing this mission, OSERS supports programs that help educate children and youth with disabilities and provides for the rehabilitation of youth and adults with disabilities. OSERS provides a wide array of supports to parents and individuals, school districts and states in two main...
U.S. Secretary of Education Announces Senior Staff Hires
Wed, 07 Jun 2017 12:15:52 -0400 U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, announced the hiring of five additional senior staff members. CEC looks forward to working with the below individuals and congratulates them on their new positions! Adam Kissel, Assistant Secretary for Higher Education Programs, Office of Postsecondary Education. Effective: Monday, June 19 Kathleen Smith, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Postsecondary Education, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Postsecondary Education. Effective: Sunday, May 28 Steven Menashi, Deputy General Counsel, Postsecondary Service, Acting General Counsel. Effective: Wednesday, May 24 Nathan Bailey, Communications Director, delegated the authority to perform the duties of...