2017 Voting Schedule for U.S. House

Us house of representatives logoThe U.S. House of Representatives voting schedule for 2017 is an important reference when scheduling Capitol Hill or home office visits with your state Representative or Senators. The 2017 U.S. House of Representatives calendar calls for more days in session than in any previous years of their majority. The House will adhere to similar voting schedule during the week as this year’s schedule. Floor votes are expected to end no later than 7:00 PM, except for the consideration of a House appropriations bill, which may be voted on after 7:00 PM. Visit CEC’s Legislative Action Center to find out more about your elected officials and the committees they serve on!

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Preschool Developmental Grants

DOE & HHSSecretary King announced more than $247 million in awards to 18 states under the Preschool Development Grants (PDG) program to continue expanding access to high-quality preschool for children from low- and moderate-income families. The awards are the third year of grants to states working with local communities to prepare the nation’s most vulnerable children for success in school and beyond. In their applications, states committed to provide inclusive opportunities for children with disabilities. Jointly administered by the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services, the program has invested a total of $750 million and expanded access to new, high-quality preschool (Read more...)

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ED Calls for Peer Reviewers

EDThe U.S. Department of Education is seeking highly qualified individuals to serve as peer reviewers of State plans, as required under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Under ESSA, States will build on their experience making progress toward high quality education for all students while reclaiming the promise of well-rounded education in individual State contexts. Under sections 1111(a)(4) and 8451(d) of the ESEA, a peer review process must be conducted to facilitate the approval of State plans. The multi-disciplinary peer review teams must include: 

  • Educators (e.g., teachers, principals, or other school (Read more...)
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New Series of ESSA Guidance

DOEThe U.S. Department of Education recently released a series of resources to support States in their transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Consolidated State Plan guidance is intended to support each State Educational Agency (SEA) in developing a consolidated State plan that meets all statutory and regulatory requirements with regard to improved student academic achievement and increased quality of instruction. The State and Local Report Cards guidance is intended to assist SEAs and Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) in implementing the report card requirements under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and implementing regulations in 34 C.F. (Read more...)

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More Coverage on Endrew F Oral Argument #scotus #rowley standard

We had an extensive post analyzing the oral argument before the U. S, Supreme Court last week in the case involving the FAPE standard. You can read our post here.

Here is the analysis of the argument by the prestigious SCOTUS blog.  Here is an analysis of the argument by our friends at the Council for Exceptional Children. Here is a round up by the SCOTUS blog which mentions several stories on the oral argument, including our post!

Also you can listen to the oral argument here at Oyez. Technology is sometimes pretty cool, no?
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Department Chair of Inclusive Education at Kennesaw State University

Reporting to the Dean of the Bagwell College of Education, the chair serves as the academic and administrative leader of the Inclusive Education Department and is the department representative in all official communications. The chair is expected to collaborate with faculty across the college and with other campus units, school districts, and external agencies. Typically, … Continue reading Department Chair of Inclusive Education at Kennesaw State University
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Weekly Question!

We are running a Series on Procedural Safeguards. Which of the procedural safeguards under IDEA are most effective in protecting the educational rights of children with disabilities? #SpEdProcedures
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Sometimes My Job Is Pretty Cool #WhereIsJG


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Breaking: Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument on FAPE Standard #rowley standard #FAPE #scotus

The United States Supreme Court heard oral argument today on the case of Endrew F v Douglas County Sch Dist, #RE-1, Case No. 15-827.  The issue in this case concerns the standard for how much a school district must do to provide a free and appropriate public education to a student with a disability the current "some benefit" standard vs. a "meaningful benefit" standard. Please see our previous posts on this case here, here, here and here.

It is of course difficult to read the justices, in terms of how they may rule, based upon their questions. Sometimes they dhow their hand, but other times they play devil's advocate to try to help them flesh out a response to another justice when crafti (Read more...)
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U.S. Supreme Court: Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District

Staff at Supreme Court 01.11.17On Wednesday, January 11th, the Supreme Court justices heard a case deliberating what the level of educational benefit that school districts must confer on children with disabilities to provide them with the free appropriate public education (FAPE) guaranteed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District was focused on a Colorado boy with autism, whose family asked the justices to clarify what education benefits an Individualized Education Program (IEP) must provide. Endrew F. (Drew) was provided an IEP from preschool through 4th grade, where he was a student in Douglas County School District. For 5th grade Drew was enrolled in a priv (Read more...)

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