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CEC Applauds Specialized Instructional Support Personnel
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:40:01 -0400 CEC as a member of the National Alliance of Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (NASISP) joins in celebrating Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (SISP) awareness week (April 24-28, 2017)! CEC has signed up for the SISP Week Thunderclap, and you can too! At 3:00 pm on Thursday, April 27th a prewritten message will be automatically sent from all social media accounts that have signed up! The message reads: “SISPinSchools address #wholechild w/ academic, health & mental health supports for all students. #ESSA Stakeholders.” Congressman Loebsack (D-IA) introduced H. Res. 265 on April 6, 2017 to support national specialized instructional support awareness week,...
U.S. Secretary of Education Announces Press Secretary
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:05:56 -0400 The U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, recently announced the hiring of Liz Hill as the Department of Education’s press secretary. Hill has served in various positions on Capitol Hill, including communications director for Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, and communications director to Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN) chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee. CEC looks forward to working with Ms. Hill and congratulates her on her new position.
FY 17 Budget Deadline is this Week! Tell Congress to Invest in Education!
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:04:43 -0400 Government funding expires at midnight this Friday, April 28, 2017. At the end of December 2016, Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the federal government until April 28, 2017. The CR froze most government funding, including education, at 2016 levels with a 0.19% across the board cut to all programs. Will both the House and Senate pass a spending bill for the remaining five months of fiscal year (FY) 2017, or is there a potential risk for a government shutdown? Both the House and the Senate have indicated that there will be no shutdown, but following the...
OSERS Announces IDEA Part D Grant Applications
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:02:33 -0400 Recently three notices from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) were published in the Federal Register. The notices invite applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2017 for: Educational Technology, Media and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities – Stepping-up Technology Implementation; Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities – Early Childhood Systems Technical Assistance Center; and Personnel Development to Improve Services Results for Children with Disabilities – Early Childhood Personnel Center. The deadline for application for all three of these notices is June 5, 2017.
Join us! CEC’s Policy and Advocacy Team Heads to CEC’s Annual Convention and Expo with a Packed Agenda!
Fri, 14 Apr 2017 17:11:53 -0400 We hope you will be joining us and thousands of special educators in Boston, Massachusetts for CEC’s Annual Convention and Expo! CEC’s Convention will provide us all with an opportunity to reflect on special education and how we can continue to advance the profession and support better outcomes for children and youth with disabilities and gifts and talents. This year’s convention will offer over 500 sessions, workshops, town halls and more, featuring the most pressing issues in the field, as well as speakers and celebrations you won’t want to miss! CEC’s Policy and Advocacy team and U.S. Department of Education...
World Autism Day – CEC Celebrates Autonomy and Self-Determination
Tue, 11 Apr 2017 17:49:35 -0400 In conjunction with World Autism Day earlier this month many recognizable locations went blue including Niagara Falls, the Empire State Building, the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt and the White House. The White House participated in “Light It Up Blue” by displaying blue lights on the exterior walls of the White House. President Trump stated “My administration is committed to promoting greater knowledge of ASDs and encouraging innovation that will lead to new treatments and cures for autism." Trump’s comments in reference to curing autism noticeably upset self-advocates and the disability community in general, including the Council for Exceptional...
Budget Deadline Looming! Tell Congress to Invest in Education!
Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:38:21 -0400 Federal investments in special education and early intervention are critical for future economic growth, yet for several years programs have been the targets of deep cuts. Government funding expires on April 28, 2017. At the end of December 2016, Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the federal government until April 28, 2017. The CR froze most government funding, including education, at 2016 levels with a 0.19% across the board cut to all programs. Congress is currently on spring recess for two weeks and will return the week of April 24 when both the House and Senate must...
SCOTUS Rules for a More Demanding Standard
Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:02:20 -0400 The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a unanimous opinion in the case, Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, ruling in favor of the parents of a Colorado student with autism who indicated that the district did not meet the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) thereby, denying him a free appropriate public education (FAPE). Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. who wrote the opinion said, “when all is said and done, a student offered an educational program providing ‘merely more than de minimis progress from year to year can hardly be said to have been offered...
Friends of IES Request Investments in Research
Tue, 04 Apr 2017 17:21:28 -0400 CEC joined the Friends of IES in sending a letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies, requesting $670 million be provided for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 appropriations bill. Adequate funding enables IES to best support research, data collection and statistical analysis and dissemination, along with growing evidence to inform effective and efficient educational practice and policy across the nation for children and youth with disabilities and gifts and talents. You can write to your member of Congress too! Go to CEC’s...
Executive Order Could Lead to Smaller Education Department
Tue, 04 Apr 2017 16:48:31 -0400 President Trump recently released an executive order for a “Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch,” that seeks recommendations to look for unnecessary programs to cut from the federal government across all agencies. This is in addition to the previously announced proposed budget for the U.S. Department of Education, which could lead to significant cuts to staff and programs within the department. The head of each agency must submit their recommendations within 180 days to Mick Mulvaney, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Recommendations must include a proposed plan to reorganize the agency, if appropriate, to improve...