We hope you will be joining us and thousands of special educators in Boston, Massachusetts for CEC’s Annual Convention and Expo! CEC’s Convention will provide us all with an opportunity to reflect on special education and how we can continue to advance the profession and support better outcomes for children and youth with disabilities and gifts and talents. This year’s convention will offer over 500 sessions, workshops, town halls and more, featuring the most pressing issues in the field, as well as speakers and celebrations you won’t want to miss!
CEC’s Policy and Advocacy team and U.S. Department of Education Officials will bring you the hot policy topics, from budget to high leverage pra (Read more...)
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In conjunction with World Autism Day earlier this month many recognizable locations went blue including Niagara Falls, the Empire State Building, the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt and the White House. The White House participated in “Light It Up Blue” by displaying blue lights on the exterior walls of the White House. President Trump stated “My administration is committed to promoting greater knowledge of ASDs and encouraging innovation that will lead to new treatments and cures for autism." Trump’s comments in reference to curing autism noticeably upset self-advocates and the disability community in general, including the Council for Exceptional Children, due to his focus on a cure a (Read more...)
Government funding expires on April 28, 2017. At the end of December 2016, Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the federal government until April 28, 2017. The CR froze most government funding, including education, at 2016 levels with a 0.19% across the board cut to all programs. Congress is currently on spring recess for two weeks and will return the week of April 24 when both the House and Senate must pass a spending bill for the remaining months of fiscal year 2017, or risk a government shutdo (Read more...)
The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a unanimous opinion in the case, Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, ruling in favor of the parents of a Colorado student with autism who indicated that the district did not meet the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) thereby, denying him a free appropriate public education (FAPE). Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. who wrote the opinion said, “when all is said and done, a student offered an educational program providing ‘merely more than de minimis progress from year to year can hardly be said to have been offered an education at all.” For more detailed coverage of the case see CEC’s Policy Insider.
The oral (Read more...)