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CEC Celebrates Public Schools Week
Wed, 14 Mar 2018 13:30:00 -0400
The Council for Exceptional Children joins national education groups representing principals, superintendents, parents and other civic organizations for Public Schools Week, March 12-16, 2018, which celebrates the achievements our public schools are making in this country and the critical roles they play in developing future generations of successful students. “Public schools and public school educators play a significant role in the lives of children and youth with exceptionalities. CEC supports all public educators and specifically special educators and early interventionists who ensure a free and appropriate public education and early intervention services by providing a quality continuum of program and...
National Council on Disability Announces Neil Romano As New Chairman
Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:14:24 -0400
The National Council on Disability (NCD) announces current board member Neil Romano, of Orlando, Florida, as its new Chairman. Previous Chairperson Clyde Terry remains on the Council as a member. Mr. Romano’s designation as Chairman of the Council was made official by the White House on February 26. No further changes to the Council were made and existing presidential appointees have been asked to stay. “I am honored to serve the Council and the community in this new role. Policymakers are faced with daunting policy challenges in the near term, and many of these challenges stand to have incredible impact...
UNICEF Sustainable Development Goals for Children
Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:11:29 -0400
UNICEF released a report evaluating the extent to which the world delivers on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Progress for Children in the SDG Era, the organization’s first thematic report assessing performance toward achieving the SDG global targets that concern children and young people, tracks progress on five dimensions of children’s rights: health, learning, protection from violence and exploitation, a safe environment and equal opportunity. The report warns that 650 million children live in countries where at least two-thirds of the SDGs are out of reach without accelerated progress. Additionally, over half a billion children live in countries...
Preparing Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities for Work: What School Leaders Need to know About the New Legal Landscape
Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:15:00 -0400
The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) released a new policy brief, Preparing Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities for Work: What School Leaders Need to know About the New Legal Landscape, intended to inform school leaders about their responsibilities under recent case law to prepare youth with disabilities for work and careers. It may also be helpful to students, families, vocational rehabilitation and developmental disability agency personnel, and community rehabilitation providers. The brief emphasizes how important it is for public entities, including state and local education, vocational rehabilitation, and developmental disability agencies, to understand the changing legal landscape pertaining to transition services...
Department of Education Releases Latest Strategic Plan and Annual Performance Report
Mon, 05 Mar 2018 14:53:24 -0500
The Department of Education (DOE) released its Strategic Plan for FY 2018-2022 and FY 2017 Annual Performance Report and FY 2019 Annual Performance Plan. The documents describe policy and operational priorities for the agency and detail the Department’s strategic goals and objectives, including FY 2018-19 agency priority goals. Among the many strategies designed for children and youth with disabilities to improve school quality, climate and safety, the DOE aims to: Ensure students with disabilities have access to special education and related services and supplementary aids and services that meet their unique educational needs, including appropriately ambitious individualized education program goals...
NCSECS Reports on Key Trends in Special Education
Mon, 05 Mar 2018 14:01:33 -0500
A new report released by the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools (NCSECS) finds that students with disabilities continue to be disciplined twice as often as their peers and that charter school and traditional school discipline rates remain similar to what they were two years ago. Another such finding states that charter schools are serving students with disabilities in more inclusive settings, as 84.27% of students with disabilities in charter schools were educated in the general education classroom for 80% or more of the day compared to 68.09% in traditional public schools. The report, Key Trends in Special...
NCES Digest of Education Statistics
Mon, 05 Mar 2018 14:00:28 -0500
The Digest of Education Statistics is a compilation of a wide array of statistical data about education. Compiled by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the Digest is a comprehensive reference for all levels of education, from prekindergarten through graduate school. Data cover a variety of topics, including the number of schools and colleges, teachers, enrollments, and graduates, in addition to educational attainment, finances, and federal funds for education, libraries, and international comparisons. Findings on the core topics of enrollment and educational attainment include the following: Age range for compulsory school attendance and special education services, and policies on...
CEC Opposes ED’s Delay of the Significant Disproportionality Regulations
Wed, 28 Feb 2018 16:52:15 -0500
After considerable urging not to delay implementation of the significant disproportionality regulations by the disability, education and civil rights community on February 27, 2018, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) concerning the Department’s significant disproportionality regulation published December 19, 2016. The Department is proposing to postpone the compliance date for implementing the significant disproportionality regulations by two years, from July 1, 2018, to July 1, 2020. The Department is also proposing to postpone the date children ages 3 through 5 must be included in the analysis of significant disproportionality,...
Advances in Educating Underprepared College Students: CEC Co-Sponsored FIES Hill Briefing
Wed, 28 Feb 2018 16:50:48 -0500
Friends of the Institute of Education Sciences (FIES) sponsored a hill briefing on February 26, 2018, Advances in Educating Underprepared College Student: Knowledge, Policy and Practice. FIES supports the critical research, data, statistics and evaluation programs at the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Educational Sciences (IES). FIES’s mission is to advance the objectives of IES, including: expanding fundamental knowledge and understanding of education from early childhood through higher education and the workforce; providing rigorous and relevant evidence on which to ground education practice and policy; sharing this information broadly; and promoting knowledge utilization in policy and practice. To that...
Colorado’s U.S. District Court Decision: Endrew F.
Wed, 28 Feb 2018 16:47:36 -0500
The Honorable Lewis T. Babcock of the U.S. District Court of Colorado found that Endrew’s school district had set exceedingly low and unacceptable expectations for his educational progress. The court found that Endrew’s minimal programming evidencing years of little to no educational progress deprived him of an appropriate public education. The U.S. Supreme Court on March 22, 2017 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 Act...