Is RTI a billion-$$ boondoggle?

The Concept Of RTI: Billion-Dollar Boondoggle by Beverley Holden Johns, James M. Kauffman, and Edwin W. Martin. The writers argue that RTI and iterations known as tiered frameworks for education (e.g., one known as a multi-tiered system of supports, MTSS) are being widely implemented without necessary research confirming their superiority to the framework created in 1975 and … Continue reading Is RTI a billion-$$ boondoggle?

White House Recognizes International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Wh_logo_sealPresident Obama issued a proclamation declaring December 3, 2016 as International Day of Persons with Disabilities. He emphasized the importance of this day by explaining that this day is to “celebrate how far we have come in protecting the rights of those who live with disabilities, and recommit to shaping a future in which all members of this community can enjoy their full rights and freedoms." He also said that “as long as anyone succumbs to casual discrimination or fear of the unfamiliar, we have more work to do to honor the many people with disabilities who have shared their stories of exclusion and justice – and the millions more they spoke up for."

Students with EBD Hit Hardest by Texas Cap in Special Ed Enrollment

According to reports Brian M. Rosenthal published in the Houston (TX, US) Chronicle, since the early 2000s when the Texas Education Agency (TEA) essentially limited enrollment in special education to 8.5% of the school population, the category of students with disabilities that saw the largest decline in enrollment was emotional disturbance. Mr. Rosenthal published a […]

Guidance to Redefine a Well-Rounded Education

DOEThe U.S. Department of Education recently released guidance urging states and school districts to use funding through a new block grant created by the Every Student Succeeds Act for a well-rounded education. The grant focuses on safe and healthy students, and how technology can be integrated into schools to improve teaching and learning in addition to emphasizing access to a well-rounded education that includes a wide variety of disciplines – such as music, the arts, social studies, environmental education, computer science and civics. The guidance suggests ways to use the funds, discusses the role of state education agencies, details fiscal responsibilities, and identifie (Read more...)

Early Childhood Homelessness

DOE & HHS & HUDThe U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Education (ED) announced the release of an interagency policy statement on early childhood homelessness. The statement recommends ways early childhood and housing providers at the local and state levels can collaborate to better meet the needs of pregnant women and families with young children who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

The statement is being released due to the importance of addressing early childhood homelessness, as this infographic shows. In the United States, infancy is the age at which individuals are most likely to enter shelter or transitional housing, followe (Read more...)

Early Childhood Homelessness

DOE & HHS & HUDThe U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Education (ED) announced the release of an interagency policy statement on early childhood homelessness. The statement recommends ways early childhood and housing providers at the local and state levels can collaborate to better meet the needs of pregnant women and families with young children who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

The statement is being released due to the importance of addressing early childhood homelessness, as this infographic shows. In the United States, infancy is the age at which individuals are most likely to enter shelter or transitional housing, followe (Read more...)

Early Childhood Homelessness

DOE & HHS & HUDThe U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Education (ED) announced the release of an interagency policy statement on early childhood homelessness. The statement recommends ways early childhood and housing providers at the local and state levels can collaborate to better meet the needs of pregnant women and families with young children who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

The statement is being released due to the importance of addressing early childhood homelessness, as this infographic shows. In the United States, infancy is the age at which individuals are most likely to enter shelter or transitional housing, followe (Read more...)

Early Learning in ESSA: ED Releases Guidance

DOEThe U.S. Department of Education released non-regulatory guidance focused on how the nation’s new education law supports young children including those with disabilities. President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law in December to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and replace key requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. For the first time, the ESSA includes provisions to promote coordination in early learning among local communities; align preschool with early elementary school; and build the capacity of teachers, leaders and others serving young children including those with disabilities to provide the highest-quality early (Read more...)

Revenues and Expenditures Rise Slightly in Public Education

NCES-logoThis First Look contains national and state totals of revenues and expenditures for public elementary and secondary education for school year 2013-14. This First Look includes revenues by source and expenditures by function and object, including current expenditures per pupil and instructional expenditures per pupil. This report presents data submitted annually to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) by state education agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report shows that the amount of money spent per pupil in public elementary and secondary schools within the United States rose by 1.2 percent from Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 to FY 2014. The 1.2 percent incre (Read more...)

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Wh_logo_sealPresident Barack Obama has proclaimed October 2016 as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This year’s theme focuses on inclusion; specifically how inclusion can diversify the workplace and provide opportunities of growth and improvement for those individuals with disabilities. This proclamation serves to bring awareness to the disparities seen by Americans with disabilities. In the proclamation it is reported that the unemployment rate is more than twice as high for individuals with disabilities, compared to those without a disability. The proclamation goes on to recognize the advancements made with the American with Disabilities Act, while acknowledging that there is still room (Read more...)