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CEC Celebrates ADA’s 28th Anniversary
Tue, 24 Jul 2018 12:14:46 -0400 On July 26, 1990 President George H. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a landmark legislation that forever changed how individuals with exceptionalities are treated. This civil rights law prohibits discrimination based on disability and promotes equality, accessibility, and community integration. On this 28th anniversary, CEC reaffirms its support for the core purposes of ADA and remains committed to the implementation of this essential law.
Increasing Teacher Pay in High-Poverty Schools
Mon, 23 Jul 2018 22:23:12 -0400 The Center for American Progress (CAP) published a proposal to increase elementary and secondary teacher pay in high poverty schools. CAP proposed boosting teacher pay by as much as $10,000 (or $190 per week) in high poverty-schools using the federal tax code. A report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found that on average, U.S. teachers earn less than 60 percent of the average salary of other individuals with similar educational backgrounds. More specifically, in the 2015-2016 school year, the average teacher salary in the highest poverty schools was approximately $4,000 less than that of teachers in...
PDK’s Public Opinion Poll on School Safety and Arming Teachers
Mon, 23 Jul 2018 22:17:12 -0400 After a school year with two of the most tragic school shootings in American history, parents fear for the safety of their children, which is at an all-time high. The public, however, is skeptical that arming teachers or school staff is the answer, but prefer measures such as armed police, mental health screenings, or metal detectors. This year, Phi Delta Kappa International (PDK) is making the results of the Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools on school safety and guns available before releasing the full poll results in August. According to PDK’s School security proposals, parents of...
OSERS Responds to Correspondence- July 2016 through March 2018
Mon, 23 Jul 2018 22:12:56 -0400 The U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education published the following list of correspondence received by individuals during the third and fourth quarters of 2016, all quarters of 2017, and the first quarter of 2018. The correspondence describes the Department’s interpretations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or the regulations that implement IDEA. The list identifies the date and topic of each letter and provides summary information. All personally identifiable information was redacted to protect the privacy interests of the individual(s) involved. The correspondence includes the following topics: 2016-...
Department of Education Award for Assistive and Instructional Technology Program
Mon, 23 Jul 2018 21:41:48 -0400 The Department of Education is issuing a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2018 for Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities—Center on Technology Systems in Local Educational Agencies, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA). Over 40 years of research and experience have demonstrated the benefits of assistive technology (AT) and instructional technology (IT) for the education and development of children with disabilities. With the increased use of appropriate AT and IT, more children with disabilities will have access to the general education curriculum and be prepared to meet standards for academic success. Which...
Department of Education Awards for Personnel Development
Mon, 23 Jul 2018 21:37:22 -0400 The Department of Education is issuing a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2018 for Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities—Associate Degree Preservice Program Improvement Grants to Support Personnel Working with Young Children with Disabilities. The purposes of this program are to (1) help address State-identified needs for personnel in special education, early intervention, related services, and regular education to work with children, including infants and toddlers, with disabilities; and (2) ensure that those personnel have the necessary skills and knowledge, derived from practices that have been determined through scientifically based...
Department of Education Award for Technical Assistance and Dissemination
Mon, 23 Jul 2018 21:31:38 -0400 The Department of Education is issuing a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2018 for Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities—Model Demonstration Projects to Improve Academic Outcomes of Students with Intellectual Disabilities in Elementary and Middle School. The purpose of the Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities program is to promote academic achievement and to improve results for children with disabilities by providing technical assistance, supporting model demonstration projects, disseminating useful information, and implementing activities that are supported by scientifically based research....
Department of Education Award Opportunity for STEM Center
Mon, 23 Jul 2018 20:52:57 -0400 The Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs released a funding opportunity to establish and operate a center focused on early science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning for young children with disabilities. The center objectives will include increasing the body of knowledge of current evidence-based practices (EBP) for early STEM learning for young children with disabilities; increasing the use by early childhood programs, providers, and families of the current EBPs in early STEM learning for young children with disabilities; and increasing awareness by faculty in institutions of higher education (IHEs) of the current EBPs in early STEM learning...
The Need to Improve College Access
Fri, 20 Jul 2018 07:51:32 -0400 The Center for American Progress (CAP), posted a column recently titled New Federal Data Show America Still Needs to Improve College Access on the findings from the latest follow-up to the National Center for Education Statistics’ High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HLS). CAP presented four findings about college access from these new data: 1. Major gaps in college-going by socio-economic status exist; 2. Higher-achieving, low-SES students enroll in college at lower rates than their low-achieving, high-SES peers; 3. Students in lower SES quintiles are less likely to enroll in four-year colleges and bachelor’s degree programs; and 4. Higher-SES black...
Thank You SELS Advocates!
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:14:01 -0400 Have you registered yet? "What's Happening in Washington" is CEC’s next FREE member webinar. During this webinar, CEC’s Policy and Advocacy Director Deborah Ziegler will share analysis of education and early intervention policies currently under discussion in Washington, D.C., review the recent changes to education policy supported by the Administration and Congress, and examine their impact on children and youth with exceptionalities. That’s not all! Dr. Ziegler will also share information on strategies and techniques for you to become involved with CEC’s advocacy campaigns. This is a great opportunity to learn about advocacy opportunities benefiting children and youth with exceptionalities...