Innovations in Education Policy

Since 2009, dramatic changes in education policy have occurred as a result of a convergence of factors led by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, better known as the economic stimulus. 

During this time, numerous federal initiatives – such as Race to the Top, School Improvement Grants, and ESEA/NCLB Waivers, have incentivized states to adopt education reforms.  For example, nearly every state has adopted new, college and career ready standards; the majority of states are now revamping their standardized assessments, which will use technology in groundbreaking ways; and numerous federal initiatives are prompting the creation of teacher evaluation systems; among other initiatives. 

CEC has been working to ensure that these policies adequately address the needs of children and youth with disabilities and the professionals who work on their behalf. 

The Obama Administration

President Barack Obama took office on Jan. 21, 2009. Read about his White House Agenda for Education.

Kareem Dale Attends CEC Convention & Expo in Seattle
In April 2009, CEC was pleased to host Kareem Dale, newly appointed special assistant for disability policy, at its Annual Convention & Expo in Seattle, WA. Mr. Dale spoke for almost an hour to a room packed full of CEC members, taking 25 minutes of their questions.

CEC Shares its Priority Recommendations with the Obama Administration
Shortly after he took office, CEC presented the President with its Priority Recommendations for Education Policy. CEC also provided the Obama Administration with specific information about several of its key policies, including: