Department of Education Issues 38th Annual Report to Congress on IDEA #data #IDEA

The Department of Education has issued its thirty-eighth annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of IDEA.  The report contains a wealth of data, graphs, charts and information concerning many aspects of the special education law. You should check it out.

Here are the primary findings concerning special education under Part B of IDEA for students ages 6 to 21:
-In 2014, a total of 5,944,241students ages 6 through 21 were served under IDEA, Part B. Of these students, 5,825,505 were served in the 49 states for which data were available, the District of Columbia, and BIE schools. This number represented 8.7 percent of the resident population ages 6 through 21.The total number of stude (Read more...)
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Trump to Nominate Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary

Betsy Headshot-2015Last week, President-elect Donald Trump announced his nomination of Betsy DeVos for the position of U.S. Secretary of Education. DeVos, a former Michigan Republican Party chairwoman, serves as the current chairman of The American Federation for Children, an education advocacy group that pushes for school choice policies. The mission statement of the organization reads “The American Federation for Children and the American Federation for Children Growth Fund seek to improve our nation’s K-12 education by advancing systemic and sustainable public policy that empowers parents, particularly those in low-income families, to choose the education they determine is best for their children.”  

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What Happens Now? Countdown to Inauguration Day

2016 electionNow that the election has concluded, what can we expect from the President-elect before the inauguration? Cabinet appointments and White House personnel are currently being considered by President-elect Trump and his transition team. The lame duck session of Congress began after the election. In early January the newly elected members of Congress will be sworn into office, and the 115th session of Congress will begin on January 3rd, and run until January 3rd 2019. President-elect Trump will be officially sworn into office Friday, January 20th, 2017.

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CEC Celebrates U.N. International Day of Persons with Disabilities

IDPD-LogoOn December 3, CEC will be celebrating the U.N. International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). With over one billion people, or 15% of the world’s population living with a disability, this day commemorates continued efforts across the world to ensure an inclusive and accessible society for all. The celebration of this day provides the opportunity to bring to the forefront issues of inclusion and to celebrate contributions to society made by persons with disabilities. U.N. Enable has declared this year’s theme as “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want.” This theme notes the recent adaptation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role of these goals in building a (Read more...)

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CEC Celebrates IDEA’s 41st Anniversary

Teaching kidsOn November 29, 1975 President Gerald Ford signed into law the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (Public Law 94-142), landmark legislation that forever changed how American’s view children and youth with disabilities. Now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), this law raised expectations for millions of children and youth with disabilities who were previously excluded from public school. Today, more than 6 million children and youth with disabilities receive services provided by IDEA.

Over the past 41 years we have had the opportunity to witness countless successes as children and youth with disabilities learn to develop their gifts, expand their horizons (Read more...)

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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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Breaking Secretary Of Education Calls For End To Corporal Punishment #corporal punishment

On November 22, 2016, Secretary of Education John King sent a letter to Chief State Education Officers and Governors calling for an end to corporal punishment.

The letter states,  "Corporal punishment has been banned in 28 states and D.C. and has been abandoned by individual districts in many others. Despite that progress, more than 110,000 students across the country were subjected to corporal punishments in 2013-14, according to the latest version of the Department’s Civil Rights Data Collection.


What’s more alarming is that the CRDC shows that corporal punishment is used overwhelmingly on male students and is much more commonly administered to African-American students of all gend (Read more...)
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Happy Thanksgiving #gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving.

On this holiday, we express our gratitude.

To celebrate, here are some fun facts from our friends at the Census Bureau:

The event became a national holiday 153 years ago (Oct. 3, 1863) when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a national day of thanksgiving. Later, President Franklin Roosevelt clarified that Thanksgiving Day should always be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month to encourage earlier holiday shopping, never on the occasional fifth Thursday.
Where to Feast
118.3 million
The number of occupied housing units across the nation in the second quarter of 2016 — potential stops for Thanksgiving dinner. Source: U.S. Cen (Read more...)
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Thank you, Special and Gifted Educators and Early Interventionists!

TurkeyOn this Thanksgiving Eve, CEC would like to thank all special and gifted educators and early interventionists across the country and around the globe for their hard work and dedication to improving the lives and opportunities for children and youth with disabilities and gifts and talents. It is through your countless hours and commitment that children and youth flourish, expand their horizons and use their education to explore, learn and grow.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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CORRECTION: Extent of Facilitated IEP Use #fIEP #FIEP

In our recent post in the series on Procedural Safeguards, we discussed facilitated IEP team meetings and noted that several states are experimenting with this concept. 

I am informed, however, that 43 states provide some type of IEP facilitation, and  as many as 36 states currently offer IEP facilitation statewide or are piloting programs in school districts. I am told further that several states now conduct more state-sponsored facilitated IEPs than special education mediations.

I fear that the prior post may have grossly understated the use of this practice. Our goal is to provide useful information to special education stakeholders. Hopefully this correction makes the p (Read more...)
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