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U.S. Senate Education Committee Unanimously Approves ESEA Rewrite
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:05:37 -0400 On Thursday, April 16, 2015 the U.S. Senate HELP Committee voted out of Committee the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015. The committee debated the bill for 3 days. Eighty-seven amendments were filed, over 50 were considered, and others were withdrawn or never offered in the spirit of bipartisanship. CEC’s Advocacy made a difference as many provisions in the base bill were introduced, restored or rejected in the final bill including: restoring the Jacob Javits Act eliminating AYP maintaining disaggregation of subgroup data adding early intervening services in General Ed, UDL, PBIS maintaining the 1% cap on alternate assessments based...
Sign the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations 302(b) Letter by April 24
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:52:37 -0400 A letter-being circulated throughout the health, education, child development, social services, and workforce communities-urging appropriators to restore the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 302(b) allocation for the Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee to at least the FY 2010 level of $163.6 billion. By contrast the final FY 15 302(b) allocation was $156.8 billion. TO SIGN, CLICK HERE BY COB APRIL 24, 2015. Please note that in the interest of expediency, and as a courtesy to the hundreds or organizations that will sign, no editorial changes can be made to the letter. Signers must agree to sign the letter...
New OSERS Grants: Vocational Rehabilitation and Technology, Media, and Materials
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:30:32 -0400 The following information regarding OSERS Notices was published in the Federal Register during the week of April 6-10, 2015. Applications for New Awards; Vocational Rehabilitation Services Projects for American Indians with Disabilities The purpose of this program is to provide vocational rehabilitation (VR) services to American Indians with disabilities who reside on or near Federal or State reservations, consistent with their individual strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice, so that they may prepare for and engage in high-quality employment that will increase opportunities for economic self-sufficiency. Applications Available: April 7, 2015 Deadline for Transmittal of Applications:...
IES Releases Grant Competitions in Education and Special Education Research and Training for FY 2016
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:48:58 -0400 Wednesday April 15, The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) released FY2016 funding announcements for grant competitions in education and special education research and training. The competitions that were released included: • Education Research Grants (84.305A); • Special Education Research Grants (84.324A); • Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences (84.305B); • Research Training Programs in Special Education (84.324B); • Education Research and Development Center Program (84.305C); • Statistical and Research Methodology in Education (84.305D); and • Partnerships and Collaborations Focused on Problems of Practice or Policy (84.305H). Please visit the IES Funding Opportunities page to learn the steps for applying...
CEC Tells Senate to Support Students With Exceptionalities in ESEA
Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:16:40 -0400 Chairman Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Murray (D-WA) have shared a new bipartisan draft bill to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. While the bill does include some important provisions that support students with disabilities, the bill does not go far enough. In fact, high ability students and preschool children are ignored in the bill. In addition, provisions and resources for professionals are not sufficient to ensure a well prepared and supported workforce. The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee began to markup the bill on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. It is expected that the markup will take...
NCII and NCSI Co-Host Upcoming Webinar on Tiered Interventions
Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:09:02 -0400 As part of the new Results Driven Accountability (RDA) initiative the Office of Special Education Programs (OESP) launched the National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) to help states transform their systems for supporting students with disabilities. Together with NCSI, the National Center on Intensive Intervention (NCII) will host the webinar, Results Driven Accountability and Intensive Intervention: Using MTSS to Improve Outcomes for Students with Disabilities on Wednesday April 22nd, from 3:00-4:15 EST. State education agency staff, district leaders, special educators, classroom teachers, interventionists, school psychologists, instructional coaches, and technical assistance providers are encouraged to attend and learn what Results Driven...
OSERS Joins Twittter
Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:06:00 -0400 The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) now has a twitter account. Follow them at ED_Sped_Rehab to get the most up to date news and information from the department.
CEC Heads to San Diego for its Annual Convention & Expo
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 15:52:34 -0400 CEC is gearing up for the Annual Convention & Expo taking place in San Diego, CA from April 8-11. Below, check out all the Public Policy Sessions on a variety of important topics! Check out CEC's Legislative Action Center in the Expo and get involved! Come by CEC's Legislative Action Center in the Expo and find out about how you can get involved in CEC's advocacy efforts. Write letters to your members of Congress on Budget, ESEA, UNCRPD, and Talent Act. PreconventionWorkshop 15: What Every Educator Needs to Know About the Coming Changes to Special Education Policy Wednesday, April 8,...
Senate and House Resolutions Make Deep Spending Cuts to Education
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:44:35 -0400 Right before adjuring for its spring recess, both the Senate and the House passed their budget blueprints. Unfortunately, both include massive cuts to education. Budget blueprints set overall spending caps, they do not specify program amounts. Congress will begin this work when it returns in April after negotiating a final version of the budget resolution. The Senate Education Budget cuts $63 billion from FY 2016 – 2015 which is 8 percent below current funding levels. The House Education Budget cuts $135 billion from FY 2016-2025 which is 20 percent below current funding levels. There has been some speculation around a...
$4.1 Million Awarded Through Charter School Program by U.S. Department of Education
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:27:06 -0400 Last week the U.S. Department of Education announced six new grant awards which totaled to $4.1 million through the Charter Schools Program (CSP) National Leadership Activities program. These grants were created to help strengthen charter schools and charter school authorizers, while aiding to serve students with disabilities and English learners. The Department has made these key issues a priority for helping charter schools. The six grantees will provide technical assistance and training and share effective practices with charter schools across the country. The grantees are: the Alameda County Office of Education; the California Charter Schools Association; the Illinois Network of...