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CEC's Letter to Members of the U.S. Senate Regarding DeVos Confirmation
This letter is intended to request members of the U.S. Senate to carefully consider continued concerns over unanswered questions as they cast their vote for Betsy DeVos, the nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education.
CEC Mobilizes Special Educators!
This infographic shows the multiple avenues used to mobilize CEC advocates to send a letter through CEC's Legislative Action Center!
DeVos Questions and Answers sent to Senator Murphy
Read the answers to questions posed from the Senate HELP Committee from U.S. Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos.
CEC's Letter to all members of Congress - Requesting Support for the Continued Delay and Second Hearing for DeVos
This letter is intended to request members of Congress to support the continued delay of the Senate HELP Committee confirmation vote and hold a second hearing for U.S. Secretary of Education. We request that Congress delay the Senate vote until it is clear that Mrs. DeVos will enforce all provisions of IDEA and not divert the use of public IDEA dollars to support private schools.
CEC's Letter to Senate HELP Committee - Requesting Delay for Betsy DeVos U.S. Secretary of Education Confirmation
This letter is intended to request members of the Senate HELP Committee to delay the confirmation vote until it is clear that Mrs. DeVos will enforce all provisions of IDEA and not divert the use of public IDEA dollars to support private schools. This letter is state specific, for those who have Senators on the Senate HELP Committee.
CEC's Letter to Senate HELP Committee - U.S. Secretary of Education Confirmation Hearing for Betsy DeVos, January 17, 2017
CEC's letter to Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray of the Senate HELP Committee seeking clarification during the hearing from Betsy DeVos on critical issues in special and gifted education and early intervention.
CEC Releases Fiscal Year 2017 Education Appropriations Issue Brief
CEC's 2017 Education Appropriations Issue Brief provides budgetary recommendations for funding programs for the United States' seven million children with disabilities and/or giftedness. The Issue Brief is designed to explain to lawmakers and their staff the critical need for funding programs for children with disabilities and/or giftedness.
CEC’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Chart
Learn about Federal funding for special and gifted education programs including CEC’s recommendations and past funding levels. Fiscal Year Appropriations Chart 2018
CEC’s Response to NPRM on Disproportionality
CEC’s response to the U.S. Department of Education Notice for Proposal Rulemaking in the Federal Register on March 2, 2016, regarding determinations of significant disproportionality based on race and the ethnicity in the identification, placement, and discipline of children with disabilities.