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Tell Congress to Oppose the PROSPER Act (H.R.4508)
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 23:56:33 -0400 Representative Foxx (R.– N.C.), the House education committee chairwoman is pushing for a full House vote on the PROSPER Act (H.R.4508) in the next several weeks. It is unclear whether the House has enough votes to pass the bill. The PROSPER Act seeks to reauthorize the Higher Education Act. The bill was passed out of the Committee on Education and the Workforce last year as a totally partisan bill. CEC opposed the PROSPER Act in December 2017 as the act will undermine the preparation of highly effective special educators, access to higher education opportunities for youth with disabilities, and eliminates...
FY 2019 House Labor – HHS - Education Funding Bill: Increases for Special Education
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 23:43:50 -0400 Last week the House Appropriations Subcommittee passed its fiscal year (FY) 2019 Labor – HHS - Education funding bill. The bill increases funding for the U.S. Department of Education by 0.1%. The bill increases funding for the U.S. Department of Education by $43 million over the FY 2018 level to a total of $70.9 billion. The bill was passed by a partisan vote. All democrats voted against the bill as the bill overall received no increase over last year. The bill includes $12.3 billion for IDEA-Part B Grants to States, an increase of $50 million over the fiscal year 2018...
Alarming Data on Restraint and Seclusion
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 23:32:17 -0400 The U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights recently released new data from the 2015-2016 school year on restraint and seclusion in schools. The findings show that students with disabilities continue to be disciplined and experience restraint and seclusion at disproportionately higher rates than their peers without disabilities. The 2018 passed federal spending bill included a directive to the U.S. Government Accountability Office to “conduct a further survey” on the restraint and seclusion data from the U.S. Office of Civil Rights. The language in the bill states, “There is concern that seclusion and restraint issues continue to be chronically...
OSEP Personnel Development Grants
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 22:55:30 -0400 The Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs recently issued a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2018 including the Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities--Preparation of Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services Leadership Personnel and the Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities--Interdisciplinary Preparation in Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services for Personnel Serving Children with Disabilities who have High-Intensity Needs. The deadline for transmittal of applications is July 30, 2018. Read more: Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with...
NCSER Competitions Announced
Tue, 12 Jun 2018 22:38:42 -0400 The National Center for Education Research (NCER) and the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) released the funding announcements for five Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 grant competitions: - Education Research (84.305A) - Special Education Research (84.324A) - Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Education Interventions (84.305L) - Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Special Education Interventions (84.324L), and - Research Networks Focused on Critical Problems of Policy and Practice in Special Education (84.324N). Full information is available on the IES Funding Opportunities website and the Federal Register.
Nominate an Outstanding Special Education Leader to Education Week
Tue, 12 Jun 2018 21:50:02 -0400 Do you work with a special education leader who inspires, motivates and leads exceptionally? Education Week is looking for talented leaders who have lessons to share with their peers across the country to profile in their 2019 Leaders to Learn From special report. Nominate leaders in the field who are solving problems, tackling challenges, and creating new opportunities for students, families, and educators in their communities. Let’s recognize some awesome special education leaders!
Chronic Absenteeism of Children with Disabilities
Tue, 12 Jun 2018 21:45:00 -0400 The National Center on Educational Outcomes just recently released a report, Students with Disabilities and Chronic Absenteeism. The brief provides information about chronic absenteeism and possible implications for students with disabilities when a state selects it as a measure of school quality or student success. It highlights both the benefits and potential risks in light of requirements in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The brief also suggests actions that states might consider taking to address chronic absences among students with disabilities...
CEC Recommends Solutions to School Safety
Wed, 06 Jun 2018 16:18:20 -0400 CEC’s Director of Policy and Advocacy provided comment on Wednesday, June 6, at the Federal Commission on School Safety (FCSS) public Listening Session held at the U.S. Department of Education Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the Listening Session was to gather information from stakeholders, experts and the public on how schools, districts, institutions of higher education and other local and state government agencies can improve school safety. “CEC urges the Commission to develop school safety policies and meaningful actions not only to address violence in our nation’s schools and communities but to create evidence – based solutions that...
Civil Rights Groups Sue U.S. Department of Education Over OCR Investigation Changes
Tue, 05 Jun 2018 23:57:12 -0400 The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) recently filed a suit against the U.S. Department of Education over changes to the Education Department’s rules for civil right investigations. In March 2018, the federal Department of Education amended the office for Civil Rights Case Processing Manual unilaterally. The changes include new provisions to mandatorily dismiss certain complaints and the elimination of complainants’ right to appeal OCR decisions. The recent investigatory rules of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department...
Accessible Web Sites and Online Programs: OCR TA
Wed, 30 May 2018 20:46:14 -0400 The Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has launched a new technical assistance initiative for schools, districts, SEAs, colleges and universities, and libraries in making web sites and online programs accessible to individuals with disabilities. Through webinars -- May 29, 1:00 p.m. ET; June 5, 1:00 p.m. ET, and June 12, 1:00 p.m. ET -- OCR will provide information technology professionals with key information on accessibility. (Note: To participate in a webinar, send a request -- including name, contact information, and preferred webinar -- to OCRWebAccessTA@ed.gov.)