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The Need to Improve College Access
Fri, 20 Jul 2018 07:51:32 -0400 The Center for American Progress (CAP), posted a column recently titled New Federal Data Show America Still Needs to Improve College Access on the findings from the latest follow-up to the National Center for Education Statistics’ High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HLS). CAP presented four findings about college access from these new data: 1. Major gaps in college-going by socio-economic status exist; 2. Higher-achieving, low-SES students enroll in college at lower rates than their low-achieving, high-SES peers; 3. Students in lower SES quintiles are less likely to enroll in four-year colleges and bachelor’s degree programs; and 4. Higher-SES black...
Thank You SELS Advocates!
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:14:01 -0400 Have you registered yet? "What's Happening in Washington" is CEC’s next FREE member webinar. During this webinar, CEC’s Policy and Advocacy Director Deborah Ziegler will share analysis of education and early intervention policies currently under discussion in Washington, D.C., review the recent changes to education policy supported by the Administration and Congress, and examine their impact on children and youth with exceptionalities. That’s not all! Dr. Ziegler will also share information on strategies and techniques for you to become involved with CEC’s advocacy campaigns. This is a great opportunity to learn about advocacy opportunities benefiting children and youth with exceptionalities...
The U.S. Supreme Court Ruling in ‘Janus’
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:57:37 -0400 The U.S. Supreme Court overruled a 41-year-old precedent and held that teachers’ unions as well as other labor organizations may not collect fees from workers who decide against joining the union. The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to prohibit “agency” or “fair share” fees from workers who choose not to join as union members but are still protected by union agreements. Mark Janus, an Illinois Social Worker, argued that his First Amendment rights were violated because he had to pay an agency fee to the union even though he is not a member. Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. was the author...
Collett Addresses Department Policy Lens at Special Education Legislative Summit
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:52:46 -0400 Johnny Collett, Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), U.S. Department of Education, recently addressed the lens through which his department will examine current and future policies related to children and youth with disabilities. At a Town Hall during the recent Special Education Legislative Summit, Collett said that "tinkering around the edges" will not suffice to provide a system that adequately serves individuals with disabilities. Collett noted that "systems change is not easy" and that it "doesn't happen quickly." He said, in fact, that a key to systems change is meaningful and effective collaboration among stakeholders. He...
The House Committee on Appropriations Marks Up Education Funding Bill
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:42:29 -0400 On July 11th, 2018, the House Committee on Appropriations marked up its fiscal year (FY) 2019 funding bill for the Department of Labor, HHS, and Education and related agencies. The Committee adopted a number of amendments, many dealing with reporting requirements for the safety and reunification of immigrant children in border detention. The manager’s amendment added $73 million more for four education programs, as well as language dealing with Perkin’s student loans. The $73 million in new funding is for the following programs: $47 million for school safety national activities $13 million for Child Care Means Parents in School $10...
CEC Opposes Postponement of Disproportionality Regulations
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:37:49 -0400 CEC posted its comments in the Federal Register in May strongly opposing any attempt by the U.S. Department of Education to postpone the compliance of the “significant disproportionality” regulations by two years, from July 1, 2018 to July 1, 2020, including the provision for including children ages three through five in the analysis of significant disproportionality with respect to the identification of children as children with disabilities and as children with a particular impairment from July 1, 2020 to July 1, 2022. On July 3, 2018, the U.S. Department of Education published a final rule in the Federal Register concerning...
Find Out What's Happening in Washington
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:30:04 -0400 Have you registered yet? "What's Happening in Washington" is CEC’s next FREE member webinar. During the webinar, CEC’s Policy and Advocacy Director Deborah Ziegler will share analysis of education and early intervention policies currently under discussion in Washington, D.C., review the recent changes to education policy supported by the Administration and Congress, and examine their impact on children and youth with exceptionalities. That’s not all! Dr. Ziegler will also share information on strategies and techniques for you to become involved with CEC’s advocacy campaigns. It is a great opportunity to learn about advocacy opportunities benefiting children and youth with exceptionalities...
National Council on Disability: IDEA Series
Wed, 27 Jun 2018 13:35:39 -0400 The National Council on Disability (NCD) developed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Report Series on the implementation of IDEA. NCD is an independent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress, and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities. NCD is comprised of a team of Presidential and Congressional appointees, an Executive Director appointed by the Chair, and a full-time professional staff. The IDEA five-part series include the following reports: Broken Promises: The Underfunding of IDEA English Learners and Students from Low-Income Families Federal Monitoring and Enforcement of IDEA Compliance Every Student...
CEC Opposes Administration’s Proposal to Merge the U.S. Department of Education and Labor
Wed, 27 Jun 2018 13:22:08 -0400 The Administration recently released a proposal to merge the U.S. Department of Education and Labor into a new Cabinet - level agency, the Department of Education and the Workforce. (DEW). The merger is part of a comprehensive reform plan as outlined in Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century, Reform Plan and Reorganization Recommendations. According to the plan, “the new agency would be charged with meeting the needs of American students and workers, from education and skill development to workplace protection to retirement security.” It appears from the organization chart in the reform plan that special education will continue to...
Tell Congress to Oppose the PROSPER Act (H.R.4508)
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 23:56:33 -0400 Representative Foxx (R.– N.C.), the House education committee chairwoman is pushing for a full House vote on the PROSPER Act (H.R.4508) in the next several weeks. It is unclear whether the House has enough votes to pass the bill. The PROSPER Act seeks to reauthorize the Higher Education Act. The bill was passed out of the Committee on Education and the Workforce last year as a totally partisan bill. CEC opposed the PROSPER Act in December 2017 as the act will undermine the preparation of highly effective special educators, access to higher education opportunities for youth with disabilities, and eliminates...