Current Special/Gifted Education Issues

Public Policy Resources

CEC's Fiscal Year 2020 Education Appropriations Issue Brief

CEC's 2020 Education Appropriations Issue Brief provides budgetary recommendations for funding programs for the United States' seven million children with disabilities and gifts and/or talents. The Issue Brief is designed to explain to lawmakers and their staff the critical need for funding programs for children with disabilities and gifts and/or talents. (January 2019).

CEC’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Chart

Learn about Federal funding for special and gifted education programs including CEC’s recommendations and past funding levels. Fiscal Year Appropriations Chart 2020. (January 2019).




Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) State and Local Implementation Study 2019

CEC provided recommendations on the U.S. Department of Education’s Notice Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) State and Local Implementation Study 2019. CEC recommended that any activities undertaken by ED provide an up-to-date view of IDEA implementation and designed to capture the views of all critical stakeholders. CEC’s recommendations focused on a broad spectrum of topics including: coordinated early intervening services, identification of students in the category of learning disabilities, significant disproportionality, exclusionary discipline, general education curriculum, well-qualified workforce and family engagement among others. CEC supports an IDEA implementation study that increases accountability, collaboration, and public access to data. (June, 2019)

CEC's Letter to Chairman Blunt, Ranking Member Murray, Chairwoman DeLauro and Ranking Member Cole

Over 110 organizations including CEC signed a support letter for the Statewide Family Engagement Center’s (SFECs) grant program. The letter requests a $15 million dollar investment, $5 million dollars for FFY 2020. Under ESEA, the SFECs program builds capacity for states and schools to systematically embed family engagement policies and practices in their education plans. (April, 2019)

National Coalition for Public Education (NCPE) Letter Opposing Any Effort to Add Private School and Homeschooling Tax Incentives to the SECURE Act

CEC along with many organizations and associations signed a congressional letter opposing any effort to expand the use of 529 accounts to fund homeschooling and education expenses related to private K-12 schools as part of H.R. 1994, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (SECURE Act). The letter urges Representatives to oppose any effort to add language to the SECURE Act that would open up 529 accounts for contributions covering expenses associated with private and elementary and secondary education or homeschooling. (May, 2019)

CEC's Comments on Proposed Rule on EDFacts Data Collection
CEC submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Education on the proposed rulemaking: EDFacts Data Collection. CEC commented on expanding the staff category to include "school psychologist," retaining the staff category on "special education related service," and pre-school education environments. (January 2019).

CEC's Comments on Proposed Rule: Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds
CEC submitted comments to the DHS proposed rulemaking: Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds. CEC strongly opposed the proposed rule, as it will diminish children’s access to adequate nutrition, health care, and stable housing. CEC urged the Agency to withdraw the proposed rule in its entirety. (December 2018).

CEC’s Letter to Education and Workforce Committee on PROSPER Act
CEC sent a letter to Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA) voicing concern that the PROSPER Act will undermine the preparation of highly effective special educators and access to higher education opportunities for youth with disabilities. (December 2017).

CEC Comments on Secretary's Proposed Supplemental Priorities and Definitions for Discretionary Grant Programs
CEC submitted comments that were posted to the Federal Register responding to the U.S Department of Education request for comments on Docket ID:ED-2017-OS-0078. The Department requested input on the Secretary's proposed supplemental priorities and definitions for discretionary grant programs. In addition, CEC signed on to several coalition comment letters including the National Coalition for Public Education, Advocates for Literacy and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
(November 2017).

CEC Signs Letter to Applaud the Introduction of The Public Dollars for Public Schools Act
CEC, along with 32 other national organizations, sent a letter to Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL) to applaud the introduction of the legislation, The Public Dollars for Public Schools Act. (November 2017).

CEC’s Letter to Congress to Permanently Eliminate the Sequester-Level Discretionary Caps
CEC sent a letter to all members of the U.S. Congress asking them to permanently eliminate the sequester-level discretionary caps and maintain the long-standing principle of parity by matching any increases in the defense caps with an equal increase in the non-defense discretionary caps. (November 2017).

CEC’s Letter to U.S. Senate to Vote No on Graham-Cassidy bill
CEC sent a letter to all members of the U.S. Senate asking them to vote "NO" the Graham-Cassidy bill that will weaken Medicaid for children with disabilities. CEC is concerned that Medicaid will be significantly cut in this bill. The bill may include severe cuts and caps to Medicaid and therefore lessen services to children and youth in schools and early intervention programs. (September 2017).

CEC’s Comments to U.S. Department of Education Request for Input on Regulations
CEC developed comments that were posted to the Federal Register responding to the U.S Department of Education request for comments on Docket ID:ED-2017-OS-0074. The Department requested input on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement or modification. (September 2017).

CEC Signs Letter to Extend Funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
CEC, included in the 35 national organizations of the Save Medicaid in the Schools Coalition, sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce committee and the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee in an effort to support an extension of funding for CHIP. (September 2017).

CEC’s Letter to U.S. Senate to Vote No on Any Provisions to Weaken Medicaid for Children with Disabilities
CEC sent a letter to all members of the U.S. Senate asking them to vote "NO" on any provisions to weaken Medicaid for children with disabilities. CEC is concerned that the Medicaid refinancing provision in the American Health Care Act, as passed by the House of Representatives on May 4 2017, jeopardizes health care for the nation's most vulnerable children: children with disabilities and children in poverty. (July 2017).

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Press Release for Medicaid Rally

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. (June 2017).

Committee for Education Funding, Coalition for Health Funding, Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce Letter in Support Increases in FY 2018 302(b) Subcommittee Allocations
CEC was one of 800 national organizations to voice support increases in fiscal year (FY) 2018 302(b) subcommittee allocations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill (Labor-HHS). (May 8, 2017).

CEC's Letter to Members of the U.S. House of Representatives to Vote No on the American Health Care Act
CEC sent a letter to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives asking them to vote "no" on the American Health Care Act (AHCA). CEC is concerned that the Medicaid refinancing provision in AHCA jeopardizes health care for the nation's most vulnerable children: children with disabilities and children in poverty.

National Coalition for Public Education (NCPE) Letter Opposing the Reauthorization of the D.C. Private School Voucher Program

CEC was one of 62 national organizations to voice opposition to the reauthorization of the District of Columbia private school voucher program. (March 7, 2017).

CEC's Letter to Members of U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee to Vote No on The American Health Care Act

This letter is intended to request members of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee to vote "No" on The American Health Care Act, which jeopardizes healthcare for the nation’s most vulnerable children: children with disabilities and children in poverty. (March 7, 2017).

CEC's Letter to Members of U.S. Senate HELP Committee to Vote No to Overturn ESSA Regulations

This letter is intended to request members of the U.S. Senate HELP Committee to vote "No" on House Joint Resolution 57, which would overturn the U.S. Department of Education's regulation implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) core requirement that schools be held accountable for the performance of historically marginalized students, including students with disabilities. (March 2, 2017).

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. (February 1, 2017).

CEC Mobilizes Special Educators! - Confirmation of U.S. Secretary of Education

This infographic shows the multiple avenues used to mobilize CEC advocates to send a letter through CEC's Legislative Action Center!

DeVos Questions from Senator Murray

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. (January 24, 2017). 

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. (January 19, 2017). 

CEC's Letter to Senate HELP Committee - U.S. Secretary of Education Confirmation Hearing for Betsy DeVos
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. (January 12, 2017).

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. (May 16, 2016).