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OSEP Releases Preschool LRE Dear Colleague Letter
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:29:36 -0500
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) recently released this Preschool Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Dear Colleague Letter, which reaffirms that all young children with disabilities should have access to inclusive high-quality early childhood programs where they are provided with individualized and appropriate supports to enable them to meet high expectations. The letter covers: key statutory and regulatory requirements; preschool placement options; reporting educational environments data for preschool children with disabilities; and the use of IDEA Part B funds for preschool children with disabilities. Much of the information provided is reaffirming guidance from the past but new clarification is provided...
U.S. Supreme Court Opinion Released: Fry vs Napoleon Community Schools
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:09:17 -0500
The most famous goldendoodle in America was outside the Supreme Court in October 2016, accompanied by some of his service dog friends. A Michigan school district’s refusal to allow Wonder, a trained service dog, to go to school with E.F., a student who was born with cerebral palsy and who required mobility support, was the catalyst for the Supreme Court argument, in Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools. Stacy and Brent Fry, E.F.’s parents, filed a lawsuit in federal district court, arguing that the school district violated two federal civil rights laws – the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and...
House Bill to Eliminate Department of Education
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:03:21 -0500
This past week Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced a bill (H.R. 899) to the U.S. House of Representatives to abolish the Federal Department of Education. The bill states that “the Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2018.” H.R. 899 is one sentence and has been referred to the House committee on Education and the Workforce. To date the bill has seven cosponsors: Rep. Amash (R-MI), Rep. Biggs (R-AZ), Rep. Chaffets (R-UT), Rep. Gaetz (R-FL), Rep. Hice (R-GA), Rep. Jones Jr. (R-NC) and Rep. Labrador (R-ID). Rep. Massie states that “states and local communities are best positioned to shape...
Senate and House Appropriations Committees and Subcommittees Finalized
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:32:08 -0500
Appropriations committees and subcommittees for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives have announced their members for 115th Congress. The committees listed below include: the Senate Committee on Appropriations, the Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, the House Committee on Appropriations and the House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies. Newly appointed members are starred in the listings below (click pictures to enlarge). CEC looks forward to working with all members of these committees and subcommittees as we advance CEC’s public policy agenda for children with exceptionalities, and...
Don’t Miss out! FREE Webinar on SCOTUS Implications
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:25:59 -0500
There's still time to register for the FREE CEC Member webinar "How the Supreme Court May Influence Your Practice" on Wednesday, March 1, at 7pm ET. Join special education law experts Dr. Mitchell Yell and Dr. David Bateman as they discuss the case of Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, currently in front of the Supreme Court, and what this case means for FAPE, your students, and the services you provide. This webinar is a special CEC Member benefit—register now!
Special Education Represented at White House Meeting by CEC Board Member
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:17:49 -0500
Jane Quenneville, CEC Board Member, was invited to a meeting at the White House on Tuesday for a parent-teacher listening session. Quenneville, among other attendees including parents and teachers, met with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, and top advisor Stephen Miller in the Roosevelt room at the White House. Quenneville serves as the Principal of The Kilmer Center, a Fairfax County Public School for students ages 5-21, with severe disabilities and/or autism. Quenneville shared the critical importance of special education at the meeting and had an...
Senate HELP and House Education and Workforce Subcommittees Finalized
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:02:04 -0500
Subcommittees for the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) and House Education and Workforce have announced their subcommittee members for 115th Congress. The subcommittees listed below include: the Subcommittee on Children and Families, the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development. Newly appointed subcommittee members are starred in the listings below (click pictures to enlarge). CEC looks forward to working with all members of these subcommittees as we advance CEC’s public policy agenda for children with exceptionalities, and the professionals who work on their behalf. Is your member of...
Importance of Effective Principal Preparation
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:20:05 -0500
The CEEDAR Center has two valuable resources to prepare principals to meet the needs of students with disabilities. The first resource, in collaboration with the Council of Chief State School Officers, PSEL 2015 and Promotion Principal Leadership for the Success of Students with Disabilities is designed to help State Education Agency personnel facilitate building inclusive school districts with the PSEL (Professional Standards for Educational Leaders) 2015 framework. The second resource is an archived webinar titled Preparing Principals to Meeting the Needs of Each Student. The webinar focused on preparing principals to meet the needs of all students, including students with...
Congressional Hearing on School Choice
Thu, 09 Feb 2017 11:39:09 -0500
The Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education of the Education and the Workforce Committee recently held a hearing titled “Helping Students Succeed Through the Power of School Choice.” The hearing was held to discuss the power of school choice and opportunities to extend more educational opportunities. Four witnesses were present and spoke at the hearing, describing their personal experiences concerning how school choice has made a positive difference for their families. The webcast of the hearing has been archived and is available to view online.
Teacher Prep and ESSA Regs: House Resolution to Rescind
Wed, 08 Feb 2017 12:32:15 -0500
On February 1, two resolutions were introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by republicans to rescind Obama administration federal regulations for teacher preparation programs (House Joint Resolution 58) and ESSA accountability (House Joint Resolution 57). On Tuesday, the House passed the two resolutions along party lines and they now will move to the Senate. The White has House reported President Trump would sign them. CEC has weighed in on our concerns regarding the teacher preparation regulations particularly the provision that uses the weight of test scores in the evaluation of higher education programs. CEC supports the ESSA accountability regulations...