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Tell Congress to Reject the Administration’s FY 2018 Budget
Fri, 26 May 2017 14:09:24 -0400 On May 23 the Trump Administration released its fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget, and it dismisses the needs of children and youth with exceptionalities—the proposed budget calls for deep cuts to the U.S. Department of Education funding. Without adequate funding for special and gifted education and early intervention programs, efforts to close the achievement gap will be hindered, overall student achievement will lag, high school graduation rates will decline, college access will be obstructed, and college completion rates will fall. Even more disheartening, without adequate funding, too many vulnerable children will be without access to a high quality education. The...
OSERS Update: A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities.
Fri, 26 May 2017 13:32:07 -0400 On March 27, 2017, President Trump signed Public Law No. 115-13, which rescinded the Department of Education’s regulations relating to accountability and state plans under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as reauthorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In order to reflect these changes, OSERS has revised and is reissuing “A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities” to remove references to the now rescinded ESSA regulations.
Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities Applications Open
Thu, 25 May 2017 10:19:17 -0400 The Department of Education recently issued a notice in the Federal Register inviting applications for two new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2017 for Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities – Research and Development Center on Developing Software to Adapt and Customize Instruction in Digital Learning Environments to Improve Results for Children with Disabilities and Educational Materials in Accessible Formats for Children and Students with Visual Impairments and Print Disabilities. The purposes of this program are to: improve results for students with disabilities by promoting the development, demonstration and use of technology; support educational activities designed to...
President’s Budget Dismisses Needs of Children in this Nation!
Wed, 24 May 2017 14:32:55 -0400 Yesterday, the Trump Administration released its fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget, dismissing the needs of children and youth with exceptionalities, particularly those with disabilities and gifts and talents. The Council for Exceptional Children is disheartened to see that this Administration has made deep cuts to the U.S. Department of Education funding, level funded the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, slashed Medicaid funds, eliminated funding for the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program – the only federal investment in students with gifts and talents, and created a new private school voucher program that takes scarce taxpayer funding away...
Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities Applications Open
Tue, 23 May 2017 09:50:12 -0400 The Department of Education recently issued a notice in the Federal Register inviting applications for two new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2017 for Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities – National Center for Improving Teacher and Leader Performance to Better Serve Children with Disabilities and National Center for the Development and Dissemination of Digital Open Educational Tools and Resources Supported by Evidence to Enhance Personnel Preparation and Professional Development for Educators for Students with Disabilities. The purposes of this program are to: help address state-identified needs for personnel preparation in special education, early intervention,...
Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Applications Open
Mon, 22 May 2017 17:10:48 -0400 The Department of Education recently issued a notice in the Federal Register inviting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education (Javits) program. The Javits program supports evidence- based research, demonstration projects, innovative strategies, and similar activities designed to build and enhance the ability of elementary and secondary schools nationwide to identify gifted and talented (as defined by the notice) students and meet their special educational needs. The applications were made available on May 18 and the deadline for submissions is June 22.
CEC Supports Equity in Charter Schools
Fri, 19 May 2017 13:09:17 -0400 The National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools (NCSECS) Equity Coalition, along with many partners including CEC, issued a statement to the Trump Administration, the 115th Congress, and to the U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, that the academic success of all children should be a priority. The letter asked for support to uphold three principles (access, quality through accountability, and civil rights) in support of the nearly 300,000 students with disabilities attending public charter schools as well as those interested in attending a charter school. Access - Students with disabilities must be assured of equal access to charter...
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA): New Resources
Mon, 15 May 2017 13:55:09 -0400 WorkforceGPS recently released The Playlists: Disability Resources for WIOA Practitioners. This new set of resources are organized as an online learning portal for public workforce-system staff and partners, community-based organizations, grantees, the business sector, and others who provide services and programs to people with disabilities and/or who have other challenges to finding employment. This set of resources consists of 10 playlists covering a variety of topics of interest to WIOA practitioners. Providing high-quality services to individuals with disabilities is a critical goal of WIOA partners and practitioners. These playlists help to fulfill this important goal by offering a wealth of...
Extent of Public School Students Who are Taught by Certified Teachers
Mon, 15 May 2017 11:17:16 -0400 The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) recently released a report titled Certification Status and Experience of U.S. Public School Teachers: Variations Across Student Subgroups. This report provides a snapshot of the extent to which U.S. public schools students are taught by certified and experienced teachers using two available datasets. The Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) provides a comprehensive picture, as it includes teachers of K–12 students in all subjects and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) provides a picture specific to grades 4 and 8. In addition, NAEP data are directly related to teachers of two key subjects:...
U.S. Secretary of Education Announces All Spring State ESSA Plan Submissions Complete, Ready for Peer Review
Fri, 12 May 2017 17:39:44 -0400 The U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, recently announced that all state plans submitted for the spring deadline by 16 states and the District of Columbia under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) were found to be complete and ready for peer review. "Today's announcement is a big win for ESSA implementation. I am committed to returning decision-making power back to states and setting the Department up to serve the support and monitoring roles intended by Congress," said Secretary DeVos. The 16 states who have submitted their plans, along with the District of Columbia, are: AZ, CO, CT, DE, IL,...