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Administration Proposes to Rescind $15.4 billion!
Tue, 22 May 2018 22:29:17 -0400 The Administration recently proposed to rescind $15.4 billion that Congress has already approved. The committee for Education Funding (CEF) on behalf of 110 national education organizations and institutions including CEC, urged Congress to reject the Administration’s recession proposal. The recession package will cut $7 billion that would otherwise be available for education programs and other services funded through the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill for fiscal year 2019. The Administration has announced its intentions to introduce another recession package for funds just appropriated by Congress for fiscal year 2018. This recession would undermine recent bipartisan decisions that allow needed increases in education,...
Revamping the U.S. Department of Education
Tue, 22 May 2018 22:14:17 -0400 Since taking office, the President has been pushing to “streamline” government. Under that push, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is reorganizing the office of elementary and secondary education (OESE). Offices within OESE that are affected include academic improvement, early learning, Impact Aid, Indian education, migrant education, safe and healthy students, school support and rural programs, and the office of state support. OESE will be organized around three key functions–management and administrative issues, grant implementation, and evaluation and sharing of effective practices. The reconfiguration would consolidate staff with similar skills and functions instead of being organized by programs. Staff cuts...
Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety: ED Invites Applications
Tue, 22 May 2018 21:55:33 -0400 The U.S. Department of Education issued a notice inviting applications for a new award for fiscal year (FY) 2018 for the Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety, funded through Title IV, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). The purpose of the Center is to provide technical assistance to support states and districts in the implementation of social and emotional learning evidence–based programs and practices. The Center will enhance the capacity of state educational agencies to support their LEAs to support their schools. Application deadline is July 2, 2018.
Senate Appropriations Ready to Markup
Tue, 22 May 2018 21:41:38 -0400 Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard C. Shelby, R-Ala., and ranking member Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., have announced their preliminary schedule for marking up fiscal year 2019 spending bills. The Senate begins marking up this week and ends its process the week of June 25-29 with the markup of the Labor-HHS- Education Appropriations bill along with the Defense Appropriations bill. The House Appropriations Committee has not released a full schedule of markups but has already started with various subcommittee and full committee markups. Go to CEC’s Legislative Action Center and tell your members of Congress to invest in special and gifted education...
Education Policy: Bipartisan Complacency
Wed, 16 May 2018 14:25:29 -0400 Two former Secretaries of the U.S. Department of Education recently raised concerns about the current vision for public education in our nation. They feel there is a lack of national leadership to ensure the promise of a high quality public education for every student as compared to the decades of vision and progress to support a national, state and local agenda in education. “Federal education policy is rudderless and adrift,” stated former Secretaries of Education Arne Duncan and Margaret Spellings in a Washington Post article. Secretary Duncan served under President Obama and Sectary Spellings served under President George W. Bush....
CEC Opposes Delay of Disproportionality Regulations
Wed, 16 May 2018 01:19:56 -0400 CEC posted its comments in the Federal Register on Monday 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. CEC supports the current regulations published on December 19, 2016 and their implementation timelines. CEC provided extensive comment...
Comprehensive Summaries of NCSER Funded Research
Wed, 16 May 2018 01:17:48 -0400 The National Center for Education Research (NCSER) has been funding research in on a variety of topics relevant to special education and early intervention since its first grant competition in 2006. NCSER staff has summarized the work on a number of these topics to provide comprehensive overviews of the ongoing and completed projects to date. This is an ongoing endeavor, with more summaries to follow. Summaries available include; autism spectrum disorders, professional development, youth with disabilities and the juvenile justice system, mathematics and science in special education and reading.
Be Best: First Lady Launches New Initiative for Children
Wed, 16 May 2018 00:33:01 -0400 On May 7, First Lady Melania Trump announced “Be Best,” an awareness campaign focusing on some of the major issues facing children today. The goal is to encourage children to be best in their individual paths in life and teach them about the importance of social, emotional, and physical health. Be Best will include three main pillars: Well-Being, Social Media Use, and Opioid Abuse. “As part of Be Best, I plan to highlight ideas and programs such as Buddy Bench and the Viking Huddle class, with the hope that other schools or community groups will be inspired to [replicate] their...
Your Work Is Important!
Tue, 15 May 2018 23:59:22 -0400 Why do you teach? Why are you a special education or early intervention professional? There are so many successes to recognize because of the instruction and care that you provide each day to children and youth in the classroom and through early intervention programs―that’s why you do what you do. What you do makes a difference, so join the Council for Exceptional Children for the 2018 Special Education Legislative Summit and advocate to protect and support your profession! Be an advocate and deliver a unified message to Congress that the work you do every day is essential to ensuring the...
IDEA Preschool and Infant and Toddler Grants Underfunded – “5 Cents Makes Sense!”
Wed, 09 May 2018 08:47:59 -0400 The number of young children served under IDEA continues to increase as the IDEA federal dollars allocated per child each year decreases according to data presented by the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During the past 40 years, the number of preschoolers with disabilities served under Section 619 of IDEA has increased from 200,000 to over 750,000 while dollars per child under the IDEA federal allocations have decreased. In 1992, IDEA Section 619 was funded at $803 per child and in 2017 the federal allocations were $502 per child. Over the...