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Proven Strategies to Make American Schools Safer
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 18:25:51 -0500 Everytown for Gun Safety, American Federation of Teachers, and National Education Association “call on lawmakers to adopt proven strategies to make American schools safer,” in their recently released report on Keeping Our Schools Safe: A Plan to Stop Mass Shootings and End Gun Violence in American Schools. The three organizations have crafted a plan focused on intervention that can prevent mass shootings incidents and help end gun violence in American schools by: Demonstrating what gun violence in American schools looks like, Outlining a plan to prevent gun violence in schools, and Stopping schools from arming teachers. Read CEC Opposes Arming...
2017 U.S. Education Statistics
Mon, 11 Feb 2019 16:20:04 -0500 The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) fulfills a congressional mandate to collect, collate, analyze, and report full and complete statistics on the condition of education in the United States. The Center released the Digest of Education Statistics 2017, its 53rd edition in a series of publications initiated in 1962. The primary purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education -- from pre-kindergarten through graduate school -- drawn from government and private sources, but especially from surveys and other activities led by NCES. The digest has data on the number of schools,...
Learning Policy Institute Confirms Effectiveness of Preschool
Mon, 11 Feb 2019 11:00:00 -0500 The Learning Policy Institute (LPI)recently conducted a metanalysis on the benefits of the preschool programs in the Untangling the Evidence on Preschool Effectiveness: Insights for Policymakers. After reviewing 21 public preschool programs and multiple reports, LPI's results confirm the preponderance of evidence and demonstrates that high-quality preschool leaves children better prepared for school, especially in terms of their academic skill development. Fewer children were placed in special education beyond preschool and those with disabilities received fewer years of special education. The evidence supports moving beyond the question of whether preschool “works” and focusing instead on the more pressing question of...
School Choice: President’s Only Mention of Education in SOTU
Wed, 06 Feb 2019 13:31:24 -0500 Once again, the President articulated a narrow vision for education, as the only priority in his State of the Union speech on February 5, 2019 was school choice. “To help support working parents, the time has come to pass school choice for America’s children,” President Trump said. No other details were shared about the initiative in the SOTU. It is likely the President’s school choice initiative will be through federal tax credits. In the 2017 tax overhaul Congress did not include any major provisions for federal tax credits in the bill and even Republicans did not have an appetite for...
PTA Leads Letter on Rescission of 2014 School Discipline Guidance
Tue, 05 Feb 2019 19:20:00 -0500 CEC joined forty-eight other organizations who penned a joint letter to Secretary DeVos and Acting Secretary Whitaker in opposition to the rescission of the 2014 school discipline guidance. Without this discipline guidance organizations face mounting concerns that children and youth of color and students with disabilities will experience greater levels of exclusionary discipline practices, such as suspension, expulsion and other punishments that remove children and youth from the place created to support them and keep them safe.
Growth Data: It Matters, and It’s Complicated
Tue, 05 Feb 2019 19:00:00 -0500 Measures of student growth offer a richer understanding of student performance than a moment-in-time test score alone, but measures of student growth are not created equal. In their accountability plans for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), some states are using a sophisticated analysis of multiple data points that evaluate the impact of schools on student learning, while others are using simpler measures of change in student assessment results year to year. These different approaches to measurement answer different questions and tell different stories about what is happening in schools and classrooms. Therefore, the Data Quality Campaign (DQC) released...
NCSER Summer Research Training Call
Tue, 05 Feb 2019 18:45:00 -0500 The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) in the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education, in conjunction with the University of Oregon, announces a Summer Research Training Institute on Single-Case Intervention Research Design and Analysis, to increase the national capacity of education researchers to conduct methodologically rigorous single-case intervention studies. All applications must be received no later than March 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Call for Fulbright – Hays Awards
Tue, 05 Feb 2019 18:31:00 -0500 Applications for New Awards: Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program Abstract: The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2019 for the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship program, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.022A. Applications for New Awards: Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program Abstract: The Department of Education is issuing a notice inviting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2019 for the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Program, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.021A and 84.021B.
Join us! CEC’s Policy and Advocacy Team Heads to Indianapolis, Indiana for the Annual Convention and Expo!
Thu, 24 Jan 2019 09:30:00 -0500 We hope you will be joining us and thousands of special educators in Indianapolis, Indiana for CEC’s Annual Convention and Expo! CEC’s Convention will provide us all with an opportunity to reflect on special and gifted education and early intervention, and ways 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...
ED Announces Restraint and Seclusion Initiative
Tue, 22 Jan 2019 13:28:40 -0500 U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced recently that the U.S. Department of Education will launch an initiative to address the possible inappropriate use of restraint and seclusion in our nation’s schools. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR), in partnership with the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), will oversee this proactive approach which will protect students with disabilities by providing technical assistance and support to schools, districts, and state education agencies, and strengthen enforcement activities.