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Ending Corporal Punishment
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:53:39 -0500 Secretary King sent a letter to governors and Chief State School Officers urging them to end the use of corporal punishment in schools, a practice linked to harmful short-term and long-term outcomes for students. “Our schools are bound by a sacred trust to safeguard the well-being, safety, and extraordinary potential of the children and youth within the communities they serve,” he said. “While some may argue corporal punishment is a tradition in some school communities, society has evolved, and past practice alone is no justification. No school can be considered safe or supportive if its students are fearful of being...
Congress Poised to Vote on Long-Term Continuing Resolution
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:28:21 -0500 As you know, the current continuing resolution (CR) is due to expire this Friday. Tuesday night House Republicans published a CR that freezes most government funding at 2016 levels through April 28, 2017. The House Rules Committee posted the text of the Further Continuing and Security Assistance Appropriations Act, 2017 (PDF). For different takes on the legislation, summaries are available from House Appropriations Committee Republicans and Democrats. The House plans to take up the bill Thursday and the Senate on Friday, but Democrats do not support all parts of the legislation. The bill has an across-the-board cut of 0.19% to...
ED Releases Final ESSA Regulations on Accountability
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:51:53 -0500 On November 28, the Department announced final regulations to implement the accountability, data reporting, and consolidated state plan provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) -- with a focus on supporting states in using their flexibility to provide a high-quality, well-rounded education and ensure equity remains at the core of implementation. Read the press release with highlights of key changes from the draft regulations, fact sheet with a summary of major provisions, chart on requirements and timeline for identification of schools for support and improvement, and audio recording of press call. In a subsequent letter to Chief State School...
Facts About the Presidential Transition
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:26:53 -0500 The presidential transition process can begin as early as six months prior to Election Day and continue through the first 100 days of the new presidency. What are some of the key steps in this process? In recent years, new laws have formalized the transition process. The Pre-Election Process Transition Act of 2010 and the Presidential Transitions Improvements Act (2015) have made this presidential transition unique; for the first time the opposing transition teams (Trump/Clinton) worked out of the same government-appointed office building. The goal of these two laws is to have an efficient transfer of executive power. The transition...
Foxx Selected as Chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:50:03 -0500 With approval of the full Republican conference, the House Republican Steering Committee has selected Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) as the chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce in the 115th Congress. Foxx will fill the chair left by retiring Representative John Kline (R-MN). Representative Kline will retire at the end of the 114th Congress. John Kline was first elected to the House in 2002. CEC thanks Representative Kline for his service and wishes him well. “My colleagues have entrusted me with a significant responsibility, and I look forward to building on the foundation established by leaders such...
White House Recognizes International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:25:14 -0500 President Obama issued a proclamation declaring December 3, 2016 as International Day of Persons with Disabilities. He emphasized the importance of this day by explaining that this day is to “celebrate how far we have come in protecting the rights of those who live with disabilities, and recommit to shaping a future in which all members of this community can enjoy their full rights and freedoms." He also said that “as long as anyone succumbs to casual discrimination or fear of the unfamiliar, we have more work to do to honor the many people with disabilities who have shared their...
Trump to Nominate Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:13:29 -0500 Last week, President-elect Donald Trump announced his nomination of Betsy DeVos for the position of U.S. Secretary of Education. DeVos, a former Michigan Republican Party chairwoman, serves as the current chairman of The American Federation for Children, an education advocacy group that pushes for school choice policies. The mission statement of the organization reads “The American Federation for Children and the American Federation for Children Growth Fund seek to improve our nation’s K-12 education by advancing systemic and sustainable public policy that empowers parents, particularly those in low-income families, to choose the education they determine is best for their children.”
What Happens Now? Countdown to Inauguration Day
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:06:17 -0500 Now that the election has concluded, what can we expect from the President-elect before the inauguration? Cabinet appointments and White House personnel are currently being considered by President-elect Trump and his transition team. The lame duck session of Congress began after the election. In early January the newly elected members of Congress will be sworn into office, and the 115th session of Congress will begin on January 3rd, and run until January 3rd 2019. President-elect Trump will be officially sworn into office Friday, January 20th, 2017.
CEC Celebrates U.N. International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:24:18 -0500 On December 3, CEC will be celebrating the U.N. International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). With over one billion people, or 15% of the world’s population living with a disability, this day commemorates continued efforts across the world to ensure an inclusive and accessible society for all. The celebration of this day provides the opportunity to bring to the forefront issues of inclusion and to celebrate contributions to society made by persons with disabilities. U.N. Enable has declared this year’s theme as “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want.” This theme notes the recent adaptation of the 17...
CEC Celebrates IDEA’s 41st Anniversary
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 12:31:11 -0500 On November 29, 1975 President Gerald Ford signed into law the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (Public Law 94-142), landmark legislation that forever changed how American’s view children and youth with disabilities. Now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), this law raised expectations for millions of children and youth with disabilities who were previously excluded from public school. Today, more than 6 million children and youth with disabilities receive services provided by IDEA. Over the past 41 years we have had the opportunity to witness countless successes as children and youth with disabilities learn to develop...