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 1. On February 19, CEC attended a speech that President Obama delivered at the White House in which he urged Congress to take all needed steps to ensure that sequestration cuts, which he described would have the impact of a “meat cleaver” do not occur. View his remarks here.

Following this speech, CEC attended a meeting with representatives from other national education associations and top level White House education policy staff. At this meeting, CEC presented specif (Read more...)

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

UN photo Dec 3Today 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 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.

So it is appropriate that the U.S. Senate will be voting on the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).  In celebration of IDPD, we are asking all of our members to call their (Read more...)

National Council on Disability Releases Policy Study on Parents with Disabilities

NcdThe 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 stories of parents with disabilities and policy analysis to create a study that serves as a comprehensive overview of factors that both support and obstruct the right of Americans with disabilities to have families.

The report responds to a number of statistics, noting that two thirds of states allow a person’s disability to be the sole evidence in determining a parent unfit for custody, and that all states allow the disab (Read more...)

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

Education-nation_1NBC’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 education, and expanding school choice (i.e. charter schools, vouchers). 

While the candidates agreed on some issues – such as supporting charter schools and the important role of a teacher on student success – there was great divergence in some areas of interest to special educators:

  • Vouchers for IDEA/Title I Funding: Gov. Romney further articulated his position that parents of students with disabilities (Read more...)

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

Real capitolWe 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. This was the final measure the Senate and House will consider until after the election – both chambers are adjourned until mid-November.

Details: The FY2013 CR will fund the federal government through March 30, 2013 at a total annual level of $1.047 trillion, the amount Congress agreed to last summer in the Budget Control Act of 2011, legislation which also raised the debt ceiling. The bill maintains spending at fiscal year 2012 levels, plus a 0.612 percent inc (Read more...)

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

2rda blog questionThe 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 educational results and functional outcomes for students with disabilities and creating a system that maximizes resources available. OSEP posts each question on the Department of Education blog to solicit comments from stakeholders and special educators.

CEC posted about the second question here and the third question here in previous Policy Insider posts. In addition CEC has shared input with OSEP on the reform pro (Read more...)

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

IMG00257-20120914-0926Last 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 in New York City, New York. The conference focused on women and children with disabilities with representatives from various attending nations presenting on subjects such as children with disabilities, assistive technology, implementation of the CRPD, and participation of persons with disabilities in the process of developing post-2015 humanitarian goals.

Addressing the conference for children with disabilities were Ms. Hendriet (Read more...)

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

White house sealSequestration  -- 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 cut to the chase, education programs would be cut by $4.1 Billion. Estimates have stated that nearly $1 Billion would be cut from special education programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school aged students, in addition to special education research and IDEA’s support programs (i.e. parent training and information centers, grants to support preparation and professional development). 

The (Read more...)

Happy Constitution Day!

ConstitutionToday, 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 States since the Constitution was signed. With Election Day coming up quickly, this day serves not only as a celebration, but as an important reminder of the responsibilities of citizenship.

As Election Day approaches, it is our civic responsibility to be educated and informed on the issues before heading to the polls.  Remember: as citizens and special educators it is our job to educate AND participate! To that end, CEC is providing you with a guide to electi (Read more...)

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

SRCDThe 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. to use their research skills in child development to inform public policy. Each Fellow will work as a resident scholar within a federal agency or Congressional office placement. The fellowship will also include monthly seminars with topics in child development and public policy or career development. SRCD has three goals for their fellowship program which applicants should consider while applying:

  1. To contribute to the effective use (Read more...)