Author Archives: Kristin McDonald

Sequestration is Fast Approaching: CEC Shares Concerns with White House

Sequestration, the DC name for $85 billion dollars of across the board budget cuts, is less than 10 days away. If Congress and the Administration fail to act, the US Dept. of Education will lose $2.5 billion dollars on March … Continue reading

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

Today we celebrate 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 … Continue reading

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National Council on Disability Releases Policy Study on Parents with Disabilities

The National Council of Disability, a U.S. independent federal agency designed to address the rights of persons with disabilities, released a report entitled Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and their Children. The report combines real … Continue reading

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Obama, Romney Talk Education During NBC’s Education Nation; Differing, Similar Positions on Display

NBC’s interviews of President Obama and Governor Romney during Education Nation read like a menu of education’s most talked about issues:  common core state standards, teacher evaluations based on student performance, investing in early childhood, funding for K-12 and higher … Continue reading

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Senate Passes Bill Funding Government for 6 months; Adjourns until After Election

We have a budget! (Well, sort of …) Early Sunday morning, the Senate passed (62-30) a six-month Continuing Resolution for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013. The House passed it the week before, and President Obama has indicated he will sign it. … Continue reading

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OSEP Releases Question 4 in Results Drive Accountability Process: Respond with Your Comments Today!

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs has released question 4 in their series of comment solicitations as part of the results driven accountability reform currently underway for IDEA. The Results Driven Accountability process seeks to emphasize … Continue reading

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Conference of States Parties to UN CRPD: CEC Approved as Accredited NGO

Last week, CEC’s Associate Executive Director for Policy and Advocacy, Deborah Ziegler, Ed.D, attended the fifth session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) September 12-14 at the U.N. Headquarters … Continue reading

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White House Report: Children with Disabilities will Suffer Under Automatic Spending Cuts; Over $4 Billion Cut from Education Programs

Sequestration  — the 8.2% automatic, across-the-board-cut to most federally funded programs – is the newest buzz word in policy circles.  Last Friday, the White House budget office released a report detailing the impact sequestration would have on federal programs.  To … Continue reading

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Happy Constitution Day!

Today, September 17, is the anniversary of the day in 1787 when the Constitution was signed. In honor of this, Constitution Day is also known as Citizenship Day in recognition of all those who have become citizens of the United … Continue reading

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Apply Now! The Society for Research in Child Development Offers Policy Fellowships in Congressional and Executive Branches

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) is now accepting applications for policy fellowships for 2013-2014. Fellows will have the chance to work in either the Congressional or Executive Branches and have the opportunity to come to Washington, D.C. … Continue reading

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