Current Special/Gifted Education Issues

Public Policy Resources

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 (February 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).