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Congress Passed FY 15 CRomnibus: Increased Funds for IDEA and Javits!

CEC’s advocacy voice was heard! While most education programs were level funded at FY 14 amounts, both special and gifted education enjoyed increases. Congress passed a trillion dollar spending bill to fund the federal government through September 2015, adverting a … Continue reading

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Improving Data, Improving Outcomes Conference

This fall, over 450 early learning professionals from around the country gathered in New Orleans, Louisiana to attend the Improving Data, Improving Outcomes conference.  This conference, hosted by The Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy) along with the … Continue reading

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70% of Americans Favor Federal Funds for Preschool Expansion

A new Gallup poll shows that 7 in 10 Americans say they favor using federal money to make sure high-quality preschool programs are available for every child in the country. President Barack Obama has asked Congress to fund universal access … Continue reading

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DEC Kicks Off Early Learning Campaign at Conference this Week

DEC in collaboration with CEC announces its campaign for support of the Strong Start for America’s Children Act and increased funding for Early Childhood IDEA programs today.  Increasing access to and opportunities for high-quality early learning is one of the … Continue reading

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$250 Million for New Federal Early Childhood, Preschool Program Must Support Children with Disabilities, CEC Says

Last month, when Congress approved funding for the U.S. Department of Education, it established a new $250 million program to focus on expanding high-quality early learning opportunities, but lawmakers were light on the details of the program. This week, CEC … Continue reading

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Senate, House Education Committees Address Early Education

Earlier this month, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) and House Education and Workforce Committee both held hearings focusing on high-quality early education, a priority of the Obama Administration which the President highlighted in his last … Continue reading

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Over 130 Lawmakers Urge President Obama to Increase IDEA Funding in 2015 Budget; Join CEC’s Advocacy for a Greater Investment in IDEA

Every budget, whether it’s for the federal government, a local school district, or your family, reflects priorities.  But, recent budget proposals put forth by President Obama – and his predecessors – have yielded few, if any, increases for IDEA’s programs, … Continue reading

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How Much IDEA Funding is Going to Your State?

The U.S. Department of Education has released detailed funding tables highlighting each state’s allocation for IDEA and other federally funded education programs for fiscal years 2012-2014. In total: – IDEA Part B: Grants to School-Aged Children will receive $11.5 billion … Continue reading

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CEC Opposes Legislative Proposals to Siphon Public Education Funding to Private Schools; Funding “Follows Child” but Special Education Protections Do Not

CEC is calling on Congress to reject two legislative proposals that, if enacted into law, would divert public education funding to private schools, which are not required to implement the same Federal legal protections for children and youth with disabilities … Continue reading

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President’s State of the Union Speech, Republican Response Highlight Education

Statement by CEC President Robin D. Brewer on President Obama’s State of the Union Speech and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ Republican Response As the country tuned into the President’s State of the Union speech and the response by House Republican Chair Cathy … Continue reading

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