Last 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.”
Now 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.
On 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...)
On 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...)
On this holiday, we express our gratitude.
To celebrate, here are some fun facts from our friends at the Census Bureau:
On 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!