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CEC's Comments on EDFacts Data Collection Proposed Rule
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:02:40 -0500 CEC submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Education on the proposed rulemaking: EDFacts Data Collection. CEC commented on expanding the staff category to include "school psychologist," retaining the staff category on "special education related service," and pre-school education environments.
U.S. Federal Government Shutdown – Day 26
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:00:47 -0500 As of January 16, 2019, the U.S. Federal Government shutdown is in its 26th day and is the longest federal government shutdown in the U.S. history. The shutdown affects nine executive departments and around 800,000 employees who are furloughed and were not issued a paycheck this past Friday. Nothing seems to have changed in the stalemate between the Administration, which is demanding $5.7 billion to build a southern border wall before it will approve any of the seven remaining FY2019 appropriations bills, and the U.S. Congress whose majority seems not to favor the building of a wall, but are anxious...
2019 U.S. Congressional Calendar
Mon, 14 Jan 2019 14:55:00 -0500 The U.S. Senate’s and the U.S. House of Representatives’ 2019 Congressional calendars are available. As you gear up your advocacy for 2019, keep these calendars handy! Refer to them when setting up meetings with your members of Congress when they are in Washington D.C. and in your home state. Both chambers are scheduled to be in session four more days in 2019 than in 2018.
TEACH Grant Conversion
Mon, 14 Jan 2019 13:55:00 -0500 After providing 4-years of service in high-need areas TEACH Grants are meant to be forgiven. However, an investigation into the servicer company FedLoan Servicing revealed an erroneous conversion of 63% of the 78,623 TEACH grants between 2008-2014. The U.S. Department of Education announced that it will allow TEACH grant recipients, specifically those who faced noncompliance because of the certification process, and who met, or are meeting their TEACH grant service requirements, to have the conversion reconsidered. The Department will share its process for reconsideration by January 31, 2019. In addition, the annual certification deadline has been set for October 31,...
CEC Denounces Federal Commission on School Safety Recommendation to Rescind School Disciplinary Guidance
Wed, 19 Dec 2018 16:23:35 -0500 The Federal Commission on School Safety released its final report on December 18, 2018 ignoring the input of thousands of students, educators, families and advocates across the nation to maintain the Obama administration school discipline guidance that was intended to help prevent the disproportionate suspension and expulsion of students of color and students with disabilities. Instead the commission recommended the recision of the guidance – under the pretense of making schools safer. CEC is disappointed that the Trump administration once again is turning its back on students who are unfairly disciplined more frequently than their peers. CEC opposes the recision...
We’ll Be Back!
Wed, 19 Dec 2018 08:30:00 -0500 CEC’s Policy Insider will be on holiday from the end of December until mid January. We will be back in your inbox January 16, 2019.
Happy Holidays!
Wed, 19 Dec 2018 08:00:00 -0500 Thank you for being a CEC advocate in 2018. Our hat is off to you! It was an event-filled year, full of passion for the field and speaking out for children and youth with exceptionalities and the professionals who work on their behalf. The year 2019 will bring many opportunities and we encourage all advocates to be ready to take action! The policy and advocacy team wishes you a happy and healthy holiday season and new year! We look forward to advocating together in 2019!
CEC Opposes DHS Proposed Rule – “Public Charge”
Tue, 18 Dec 2018 23:26:12 -0500 The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) submitted comments in response to the October 10, 2018 notice by the Department Homeland Security (“the Agency”) of its proposed rule setting forth new “public charge” grounds for inadmissibility. CEC strongly opposes the proposed rule, as it will diminish children’s access to adequate nutrition, health care, and stable housing. CEC urged the Agency to withdraw the proposed rule in its entirety.
ETS 2019 Fellowship Programs
Tue, 18 Dec 2018 23:18:32 -0500 The Educational Testing Service (ETS) Research & Development (R&D) division has announced that they are accepting applications for the 2019 Internship and Fellowship Programs in R&D. These programs seek applicants who are either enrolled in doctoral programs or early career scientists who are interested in research opportunities in the field of educational research, assessment or related fields under the guidance of ETS researchers and psychometricians in Princeton, New Jersey. There are 10+ areas of concentration to select and four internship programs: Summer Internship Program in Research for Graduate Students, Harold Gulliksen Psychometric Research Fellowship Program, Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, and Visiting...
Student Debt and the U.S. Labor Market
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 19:39:29 -0500 More than 44 million Americans owe a total of $1.5 trillion in student debt, making it the second-largest liability on the national balance sheet. A generation ago, student debt was a relative rarity, but for today's students and recent graduates, it's a central fact of economic life that we don't know much about. Mapping Student Debt charts the borrowing trends and the impact it has on the macro level (nation), micro level (cities including neighborhoods), and gives a new perspective on economic inequality based on student debt. The report maps the links between the U.S. student debt crisis and chronic...