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Pay For Success Toolkit
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:08:00 -0500 The U.S. Department of Education has released a new resource, the Pay for Success Toolkit: Considerations for State and Local Leaders. Pay for Success (PFS) is an innovative financing strategy that leverages private investments to address societal problems and challenges that typically use only government funds. The toolkit is an introductory guide for state and local governments and other stakeholders that are interested in exploring the possibility of a PFS project for education initiatives, or in addressing related challenges facing their communities and populations. It provides information to help stakeholders determine if PFS is a viable financing strategy by laying...
CEC Applauds White House Nominee for OSERS
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:00:14 -0500 President Trump announced his intention to nominate Johnny Collett as the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the U.S. Department of Education. Collett currently serves as the Director of Special Education Outcomes at the Council of Chief State School Officers, where he works to support states in their efforts to raise expectations and improve outcomes for children and youth with disabilities. Previously, he served as Director of the Division of Learning Services and State Director of Special Education at the Kentucky Department of Education as well as worked as a high school special education...
Toolkit to Support Early Learning in ESSA
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:33:30 -0500 The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes collaborated with the Council of Chief State School Officers to debut the Birth to Grade 3 Indicator Framework: Opportunities to Integrate Early Childhood in ESSA Toolkit. This toolkit summarizes the evidence supporting an early learning approach to school improvement, public reporting, and school district accountability for young learners as they transition into the early elementary grades. This resource was conceived as a vehicle to embed early learning strategies more deliberately into states’ education reform plans.
CEC Responds to Secretary's Proposed Supplemental Priorities and Definitions for Discretionary Grant Programs
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:39:47 -0500 CEC recently responded to the U.S. Department of Education Federal Register notice – Secretary's Proposed Supplemental Priorities and Definitions for Discretionary Grant Programs, Docket ID:ED-2017-OS-0078. The Department requested input on the Secretary's proposed supplemental priorities and definitions for discretionary grant programs. Included in the eleven priorities is priority 5 – Meeting the Unique Needs of Students and Children, including those with Disabilities and/or with Unique Gifts and Talents. In addition, CEC signed on to several coalition comment letters including the National Coalition for Public Education, Advocates for Literacy and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities.
Suspension and Expulsion in Early Childhood Settings
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:26:12 -0500 CEC’s Division for Early Childhood (DEC) recently released Resources within Reason, Addressing Suspension and Expulsion. This document provides links to many resources for addressing suspension and expulsion in various early childhood settings. These include: Policy Statement on Expulsion and Suspension in Early Childhood Settings, (the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education). Are We Closing the School Discipline Gap?, (UCLA’s Civil Rights Project). School Suspensions are an Adult Behavior, (2016 TED talk by Dr. Rosemarie Allen). Reducing Early Childhood Expulsion and Suspension (collection from DEC Vice President Megan Vinh). Implementing the Pyramid Model to...
Tell Congress - Invest in Education Programs!
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:23:40 -0500 The current continuing resolution (CR) runs out on December 8 for the fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget. On Capitol Hill there is a continued push for parity in raising the non-defense discretionary (NDD) cap by the same amount as the defense cap for FY 2018. Once the new caps are set, the funding total will be divided among all the appropriations bills, followed by negotiations on funding levels for the individual programs, all of which will be pulled together in an omnibus appropriations bill. This process will take several weeks, which means Congress will likely pass another CR to surpass...
CEC Applauds Introduction of the Public Funds for Public Schools Act
Wed, 08 Nov 2017 10:46:07 -0500 CEC, along with 32 other national organizations, sent a letter to Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL) to applaud the introduction of the the Public Funds for Public Schools Act (H.R. 4269). Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-IL) is a co-sponsor on the bill. On November 7, Rep. Sewell introduced the Public Funds for Public Schools Act, a bill which would close the tax loophole that diverts resources away from public schools. A press release from Rep. Sewell’s office states “Savings created by the Public Funds for Public Schools Act could be reinvested in the school system to offset costs for K-12 education...
Urge Congress to Eliminate Sequestration Caps to Adequately Support NDD Programs!
Tue, 07 Nov 2017 14:47:10 -0500 The U.S. Congress has until the continuing resolution (CR) runs out on December 8 to pass a fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget. It is expected that final defense and non-defense discretionary (NDD) levels for FY 2018 will be set in a separate budget deal that will lead either to a FY 2018 omnibus appropriations package or a year-long CR. Because no action has been taken by Congress towards a budget deal at this point, it is rumored that Congress will likely extend the CR until December 15. Take action today! CEC is urging Congress to permanently eliminate the sequester-level discretionary...
New OSEP Early Childhood Centers
Mon, 06 Nov 2017 11:14:00 -0500 The Office of Special Education Programs recently announced three new investments in early childhood. These technical assistance (TA) centers are used by states and will offer a wealth of resources to practitioners and families. The Early Childhood Systems Technical Assistance Center was awarded to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This Center will provide technical assistance (TA) to states to enable them to build and maintain high-quality systems with implementation supports to implement the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) consistent with its requirements and to provide high-quality IDEA services for young children with disabilities and their families....
U.S. House 2018 Congressional Calendar
Fri, 03 Nov 2017 15:27:47 -0400 The 2018 Congressional Calendar was recently released for the U.S. House of Representatives. Keep this calendar handy and make sure to refer to it when planning visits with your members of Congress! Remember, that when members of Congress are not in their Washington D.C. offices, they are back in their home states. Don’t forget to take advantage of the time at home and schedule a meeting to advocate for children and youth with exceptionalities!