Tell Congress to Invest in Education Programs for Children with Exceptionalities NOW!

Action Alert!Congress is back in session after the election and the FY2017 appropriations bill is on their agenda among other important issues. The Congress approved a continuing resolution (CR) through December 9 before leaving Washington for the election. It is not clear the route to a final appropriations bill. Several options are being considered including: all "remaining" bills (mini-buses); mini-buses for some bills but a CR for the whole year for other bills; or another short-term CR until spring for all remaining bills, but it seems unlikely that President Obama would sign such a bill.
 
Whatever the path is to a final spending bill, WE NEED EVERY CEC VOICE to join this advocacy (Read more...)

Congress Passes a Budget Continuing Resolution

The CapitolCongress averted a government shutdown on September 28 by passing a short-term funding continuing resolution until December 9. For federal education programs that received an appropriation in fiscal year (FY) 2016, funding will be extended at the same level, less a 0.496 percent across-the-board reduction, through December 9. Both House and Senate chambers have left Washington D.C. until after the election. They are scheduled to return on November 14. It is anticipated upon their return that Congress will develop a FY 2017 Budget including funding for education programs.

Presidential Candidate’s Positions on Special and Gifted Education

WH IedEducation and disability issues have received nominal coverage during this year’s Presidential Election, and with final voting taking place in just two months, there is still much to learn about the four leading 2016 presidential candidates. That’s why the Council for Exceptional Children encourages voters to access the individual campaign websites for Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Jill Stein and Gary Johnson for information about what the candidates and their respective party platforms have to say about issues such as special and gifted education, school spending, early-childhood education and testing, among others. Voters may also access an overview of each nominee’s positions here. And (Read more...)

CEC Introduces Issue Briefs to Support Special Education Advocacy

CecThis summer, over 200 special educators gathered in Washington, D.C. at the Special Education Legislative Summit, organized by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) to advocate for special and gifted education issues with their members of Congress on Capitol Hill. During the 5-day event, attendees were briefed on nine critical issues addressing special and gifted education.

In an effort to promote additional advocacy, CEC has released all nine issue briefs, and encourages advocates to use them when preparing to speak with their members of Congress. The issue briefs consist of the topics below.

  1. Education Appropriations
  2. School and Community Based Mental Health
  3. Early Childhood
  4. Indiv (Read more...)

House Committee Takes Steps to Improve Higher Education

RepsThe following bills were introduced by the House last week. 

  • Simplifying the Application for Student Aid Act(H.R. 5528) is aimed to reform federal student aid.  The measures proposed help students to make more informed financial decisions. Read more here.
  • Accessing Higher Education Opportunities Act (H.R. 5529) will assist Hispanic-Serving Institutions pursuing a career as a physician, dentist, or other health care professional. Read more here.
  • HBCU Capital Financing Improvement Act(H.R. 5530) will improve access, oversight, and strengthen financial counseling to Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Read more here.

Your Advocacy Means Everything!

BeanadvicateYou advocate for children and youth with exceptionalities every day, and that makes you an expert at telling the powers-that-be what children need to succeed.

Bring your expert advocacy skills to the offices of your elected officials in Congress this summer as a member of your state's national advocacy team during the 2016 Special Education Legislative Summit, July 10-13.

It's your once-a-year opportunity to stand alongside special education teachers, administrators, teacher educators, early interventionists, researchers, teacher candidates, and other related service providers—as we take CEC’s messages to Capitol Hill.

Click here to register.

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Your Advocacy Means Everything!

BeanadvicateYou advocate for children and youth with exceptionalities every day, and that makes you an expert at telling the powers-that-be what children need to succeed.

Bring your expert advocacy skills to the offices of your elected officials in Congress this summer as a member of your state's national advocacy team during the 2016 Special Education Legislative Summit, July 10-13.

It's your once-a-year opportunity to stand alongside special education teachers, administrators, teacher educators, early interventionists, researchers, teacher candidates, and other related service providers—as we take CEC’s messages to Capitol Hill.

Click here to register.

Book your room now! Hilton Old Town Alex (Read more...)