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Including Young Children with Disabilities in High-Quality Early Childhood Programs
Wed, 20 May 2015 16:41:47 -0400 The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are proposing to release a policy statement on inclusion of young children with disabilities in high-quality inclusive early childhood programs. It is the purpose of this blog (blog link below) to request comments on the proposed statement. Read the Draft Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs Please review the draft policy statement and provide comments no later than 6:00pm EDT, Friday, May 22, 2015. Click here to read the OSERS blog post and to submit your comments on the policy...
2015 Building a Grad Nation Report: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic
Wed, 20 May 2015 15:47:08 -0400 Released annually, by the Alliance of Excellent Education, America’s Promise Alliance, Civil Enterprises, and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, the report shows detailed progress toward the Grad Nation goal of a national on-time graduation rate of 90 percent by 2020. The national high school graduation rate hit a record high of 81.4 percent in 2012-2013. How did students with disabilities fair? The graduation rate for students with disabilities hit 61.9 percent in 2012-2013, an increase of 2.9 percentage points since 2010-2011, but still nearly 20 points behind the national average. It is estimated that many more students...
Supporting Inclusive Practices: Professional Development Resources
Wed, 20 May 2015 15:40:40 -0400 The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center and Early Learning Challenge Technical Assistance Program partnered to create a compilation of professional development resources to support inclusive practices. These materials focus on resources that can be used to prepare personnel to serve young children with disabilities in settings with their typically developing peers, which is a requirement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). View the resources below: Part 1: Description of Resources in the Compilation Part 2: Matrix of Resources from Projects and National Associations Part 3: Matrix of Resources Developed by Individual States
CEC Partners on Safe, Healthy, and Ready to Learn Policy Recommendations
Wed, 20 May 2015 15:39:20 -0400 Safe, Healthy and Ready to Learn is a consensus report on children exposed to violence, and explores policy solutions to help children, families, and communities heal and thrive. The report was developed in partnership with leaders, including CEC, throughout the health, education, justice, and child development field. Click here to read the Executive Summary Click here to read the Full Report
Register for the 2015 Special Education Legislative Summit
Wed, 13 May 2015 15:11:33 -0400 Want to enhance your advocacy skills, learn about important special/gifted issues and early intervention, and take CEC's messages to Capitol Hill? Then come to the Special Education Legislative Summit (SELS) July 12th-15th, 2015 in Alexandria, VA. Registration is easy, simply visit the Special Education Legislative Summit website, click the registration tab. Join us in July! SELS Update: Jack Jennings Confirmed Opening Speaker for the Special Education Legislative Summit. Jack Jennings is the former CEO of the Center on Education Policy. As a former staffer on Capitol Hill, Jack also worked collaboratively with CEC during many of the IDEA Reauthorizations. At...
What Every Educator Needs to Know About Coming Changes to Special Education Policy Webinar, Hosted by CEC
Wed, 13 May 2015 15:09:13 -0400 In this wide-ranging presentation, CEC’s Policy and Advocacy Director, Deborah A. Ziegler, will review and analyze policies currently under discussion, recent changes to policies supported by the Obama Administration and the U.S. Congress, and their impact on children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents, including: • ESEA Reauthorization • Federal Budget • Early Childhood • Gifted Education • Education Sciences Reform Act Reauthorization Tune in June 4th, from 4-5 p.m. EST. Register here, it’s free!
CEC Joins 811 Organizations Urging Increased Funding for Education
Wed, 13 May 2015 15:07:12 -0400 The Council for Exceptional Children has been a member of The Committee on Education Funding for decades. The Committee along with the Coalition for Health Funding and the Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce jointly sent a letter from 812 organizations urging the Appropriations Committee to restore the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 302 (b) allocation for the Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee to at least the FY 2010 level of $163.6 billion.
The Office of Civil Rights Releases Reporting on FY Years 2013 and 2014
Wed, 06 May 2015 16:10:36 -0400 The Office of Civil Rights released a report to the President, Secretary of Education, and Congress detailing the office’s activities in fiscal years (FY) 2013 and 2014. The report highlights: The 20,000 cases it had resolved; Increased postings of resolution agreements on their website; and The release of a new, universal Civil Rights Data Collection covering nearly every public school and district in the country However, along with successes, the report also highlights complaints resulting in enforcement focused on Section 504 and ADA Title II: discrimination based on disability. OCR protects the rights of persons with disabilities, including students and...
U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights releases Guidance Package for Title IX Coordinators
Wed, 29 Apr 2015 12:08:36 -0400 This week the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights released a guidance package emphasizing the responsibility of school districts, colleges and universities to designate a Title IX coordinator. All educational institutions receiving Federal financial assistance must designate at least one employee to coordinate their efforts to comply with and carry out their responsibilities under Title IX. The guidance package includes the following three items: A Dear Colleague Letter to school districts, colleges, and universities prompting them on their obligation to designate a Title IX coordinator. A letter to Title IX coordinators that gives in-depth information on their vital...
U.S. Department of Education Report Shows Uneven Access to Preschool Across States
Wed, 29 Apr 2015 11:59:55 -0400 The U.S. Department of Education has released a report about the need for high-quality preschool programs. The study titled, “A Matter of Equity: Preschool in America,” highlights that six out of every 10 children - about 2.5 million - are not enrolled in publicly funded preschool programs which also includes: programs serving children with disabilities, state preschool programs, and Head Start. Data shows access to preschool to be uneven across states. Please see Table 1 for the percentage of 4 year olds enrolled in special education. The federal government has begun investing more in initiatives to expand access but without...