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Student Debt and the U.S. Labor Market
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 19:39:29 -0500 More than 44 million Americans owe a total of $1.5 trillion in student debt, making it the second-largest liability on the national balance sheet. A generation ago, student debt was a relative rarity, but for today's students and recent graduates, it's a central fact of economic life that we don't know much about. Mapping Student Debt charts the borrowing trends and the impact it has on the macro level (nation), micro level (cities including neighborhoods), and gives a new perspective on economic inequality based on student debt. The report maps the links between the U.S. student debt crisis and chronic...
The Power of Educational Justice Movements
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:54:10 -0500 In continuing its blog series Education and the Path to Equity, the Learning Policy Institute, published an article on The Power of Educational Justice Movements. The series examines issues of education and equity 5 decades after the Kerner Commission issued its seminal report on racial division and disparities in the United States. The article assesses how grassroots organizing and movement are combating the school-to-prison pipeline. Guest author, Mark Warren from the University of Massachusetts Boston advocates for the implementation of restorative justice practices and a decided shift away from zero-tolerance and exclusionary discipline policies.
DEC Position Statement on Low Birth Weight, Prematurity, and Early Intervention
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:51:55 -0500 The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) recently released a Position Statement on Low Birth Weight, Prematurity and Early Intervention. The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) endorses the development of national guidelines for the identification and eligibility for Part C Early Intervention (EI) services of children born low birth weight (LBW) and preterm in the United States. Read the core principles of the endorsement.
Remembering George H.W. Bush, a Champion for People with Disabilities
Wed, 05 Dec 2018 15:30:08 -0500 National Public Radio (NPR) Morning Edition hosts, Rachel Martin and Steve Inskeep, celebrated President George H.W. Bush and his most enduring pieces of legislation, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA, signed into law in 1990 has helped millions of Americans by banning discrimination based on disability in employment and public places. The law cut across the aisle, as disability does not recognize party lines, to ensure that all Americans with disabilities were protected under the law. Former President George H.W. Bush died on Friday, November 30, 2018 at the age of 94 and will be remembered as an...
CEC Leaders Participate in IES Conversations to Elevate Educator Voice in the National Research Agenda
Tue, 04 Dec 2018 09:18:00 -0500 The Council for Exceptional Children participated in a day-long meeting on November 27, 2018 in Washington, D.C. sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education. The event brought together leaders from more than 50 of the nation’s educator associations to discuss their members’ research needs. CEC was represented by Mary Lynn Boscardin, CEC President, David Lee, Division for Research President, and Luann Purcell, Executive Director of the Council of Administrators of Special Education. “This initiative was born from the need to support and promote research that is informed by educators themselves,”...
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Mon, 03 Dec 2018 12:54:54 -0500 December 3rd marks the annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. This year’s theme focuses on empowering persons with disabilities for an inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda pledges to “leave no one behind”. Persons with...
Child Care Deserts
Sat, 01 Dec 2018 18:47:34 -0500 The Center for American Progress has released Understanding Infant and Toddler Child Care Deserts. For families with all adults in the workforce, child care is an expensive necessity and the burden for families with young children with disabilities is increased as centers have been known to turn away these families for multiple reasons citing lack of resources as one. Composited is the shortage of early child care providers and above capacity facilities. The study quantifies the extent of infant and toddler child care deserts in nine states and the District of Columbia to analyze the consequences of shortages. The shortage...
Florida Families and Scholarship Programs
Fri, 30 Nov 2018 16:47:00 -0500 EdChoice has published its findings on tax-credit scholarship programs in the report Surveying Florida Scholarship Families. In 2001, Florida became the third state to establish a tax-credit scholarship (TCS) program to help eligible families enroll their child in the school of their choice. Under the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, corporations receive dollar-for-dollar tax credits against their state income tax in return for contributions to non-profit scholarship-funding organizations (SFOs) that provide private school scholarships to eligible children, the vast majority of whom are from low-income families. Florida’s TCS program now serves more than 108,000 students, making it the largest private...
ESSA Report Card
Tue, 27 Nov 2018 12:00:00 -0500 Secretary DeVos recently released a resource guide to understanding report cards required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The ESSA directs states and school districts to publish report cards showing key indicators of state, district, and school performance and progress. Specifically, states and districts must report on student achievement, graduation rates, state accountability, school climate, teacher qualifications, and other measures. For the first time, states will also be required to report funding from federal, state, and local sources, as well as how much money is spent per student. Also, the Department’s Office of Educational Technology (OET) hosted a Report...
CEC Celebrates the 43rd Anniversary of IDEA
Mon, 26 Nov 2018 12:17:00 -0500 November 29, 2018 marks the 43rd anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). In, 1975 President Gerald Ford signed into law Public Law 94-142, then called the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, landmark legislation that forever changed how American’s view children and youth with disabilities. Since then we have had the opportunity to witness countless successes as children and youth with disabilities learn to develop their gifts, expand their horizons and contribute to their communities. On this 43rd anniversary, CEC reaffirms its support for the core purposes of IDEA and remains committed to the successful implementation of...