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Trump to Nominate Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:13:29 -0500 Last week, President-elect Donald Trump announced his nomination of Betsy DeVos for the position of U.S. Secretary of Education. DeVos, a former Michigan Republican Party chairwoman, serves as the current chairman of The American Federation for Children, an education advocacy group that pushes for school choice policies. The mission statement of the organization reads “The American Federation for Children and the American Federation for Children Growth Fund seek to improve our nation’s K-12 education by advancing systemic and sustainable public policy that empowers parents, particularly those in low-income families, to choose the education they determine is best for their children.”
What Happens Now? Countdown to Inauguration Day
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:06:17 -0500 Now that the election has concluded, what can we expect from the President-elect before the inauguration? Cabinet appointments and White House personnel are currently being considered by President-elect Trump and his transition team. The lame duck session of Congress began after the election. In early January the newly elected members of Congress will be sworn into office, and the 115th session of Congress will begin on January 3rd, and run until January 3rd 2019. President-elect Trump will be officially sworn into office Friday, January 20th, 2017.
CEC Celebrates U.N. International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:24:18 -0500 On December 3, CEC will be celebrating the U.N. International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). With over one billion people, or 15% of the world’s population living with a disability, this day commemorates continued efforts across the world to ensure an inclusive and accessible society for all. The celebration of this day provides the opportunity to bring to the forefront issues of inclusion and to celebrate contributions to society made by persons with disabilities. U.N. Enable has declared this year’s theme as “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want.” This theme notes the recent adaptation of the 17...
CEC Celebrates IDEA’s 41st Anniversary
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 12:31:11 -0500 On November 29, 1975 President Gerald Ford signed into law the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (Public Law 94-142), landmark legislation that forever changed how American’s view children and youth with disabilities. Now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), this law raised expectations for millions of children and youth with disabilities who were previously excluded from public school. Today, more than 6 million children and youth with disabilities receive services provided by IDEA. Over the past 41 years we have had the opportunity to witness countless successes as children and youth with disabilities learn to develop...
Thank you, Special and Gifted Educators and Early Interventionists!
Wed, 23 Nov 2016 10:24:26 -0500 On this Thanksgiving Eve, CEC would like to thank all special and gifted educators and early interventionists across the country and around the globe for their hard work and dedication to improving the lives and opportunities for children and youth with disabilities and gifts and talents. It is through your countless hours and commitment that children and youth flourish, expand their horizons and use their education to explore, learn and grow. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
State Education Initiatives
Mon, 21 Nov 2016 14:09:06 -0500 Many voters across the nation approved or rejected ballot initiatives that directly involved education issues. Here is a scorecard of some of the key votes on issues involving education: In the Classroom: California passed Proposition 58, which will allow non-English languages to be used in public educational instruction. Oregon approved the Outdoor School Lottery Fund Initiative, which supports outdoor school programs – focusing on: the environment, natural resources and economic development. Louisiana defeated an amendment that would have allowed college boards to establish tuition and fee amounts with legislative approval. Funding: Maine approved an increase tax on household income exceeding...
CADRE Webinar on Dispute Resolution Procedures
Fri, 18 Nov 2016 15:14:18 -0500 The National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) will host a webinar to discuss trends in the use of IDEA formal dispute resolution procedures (written signed complaints, mediation, due process complaints/hearings, and resolution meetings) over the past eleven years. Additional topics to be covered include: Total national rates of activity (dispute resolution events per 10K childcount in the 50 states) and mean state reported activity (average of state rates reported); Drilling down into data (e.g., “due process complaints resolved without a hearing” – how were these cases actually resolved?); Using existing dispute resolution data to inform, understand, and...
Improving Literacy for Students with Disabilities
Fri, 18 Nov 2016 15:09:28 -0500 U.S. Department of Education recently announced more than $4.4 million in grants to improve literacy skills, outcomes and results for children with disabilities, including those with dyslexia. Recipients of the grant include: University of Oregon ($1.5 million), American Institutes for Research ($2.1 million), Portland State University ($295,676), The University of Texas at Austin ($245,905) and American Institutes for Research ($269,856). The grants align with the federal initiative, My Brother’s Keeper (MBK), which addresses persistent opportunity gaps and aims to ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. This specific grant opportunity targets the literacy milestone of the MBK...
Tell Congress to Invest in Education Programs for Children with Exceptionalities NOW!
Wed, 16 Nov 2016 13:07:27 -0500 Congress is back in session after the election and the FY2017 appropriations bill is on their agenda among other important issues. The Congress approved a continuing resolution (CR) through December 9 before leaving Washington for the election. It is not clear the route to a final appropriations bill. Several options are being considered including: all "remaining" bills (mini-buses); mini-buses for some bills but a CR for the whole year for other bills; or another short-term CR until spring for all remaining bills, but it seems unlikely that President Obama would sign such a bill. Whatever the path to a final...
2016 Election: Looking Ahead
Thu, 10 Nov 2016 13:48:24 -0500 As the nation prepares for the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States and the swearing in of the 115th Congress, CEC is positioning itself and working with our partners to continue our strong advocacy for children and youth with exceptionalities and the professionals who work on their behalf. CEC will continue to be at the forefront of all future special and gifted education and early intervention policy discussions. CEC will submit to the President and the Congress bold transition recommendations for children and youth with exceptionalities and the professionals who work on their behalf....