Category Archives: U.S. Congress

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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Secretary Arne Duncan and U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder announced the release of a Correctional Education Guidance Package

Secretary Arne Duncan and U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder announced on Monday the release of a Correctional Education Guidance Package to help states and local agencies aimed at helping states and local agencies strengthen the quality of education services … Continue reading

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Kline Selected to Serve as Committee Chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee

Rep. John Kline (R-MN) was selected by his colleagues to serve as chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee in the 114th Congress and issued this statement with the start of this new role: I am humbled by … 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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Continuing Appropriations Resolution Passed for FY 2015

On Thursday, September 18, 2014, the Senate passed H.J.Res.124 – Continuing AppropriationsResolution, 2015 that authorizes appropriations for FY 2015 through December 11, 2014 at the FY 2014 enacted levels and clears it for the President’s signature.    The lame duck Congress … Continue reading

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Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundations Announces Public Policy Fellowship

The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation is seeking exemplary professionals, and/or persons experiencing disability and/or family members of persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities who are currently working or volunteering in the field of inclusive services and supports for people … Continue reading

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Tell Your Senators to Advance International Disability Treaty; Your Advocacy Needed TODAY!

Here's how to advocate for individuals with disabilities across the globe in only 2 minutes:  The Senate Foreign Relations Committee marked up the United Nations Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, an international treaty that protects the human … Continue reading

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It’s August….Do You Know Where Your Members of Congress Are?!

They’re at home, having recently returned for a five week recess from Washington, DC! And for CEC advocates, it’s time to go to work!  Your mission is simple: schedule meetings with your elected officials at their district office anytime from now … Continue reading

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CRPD Passes through Foreign Relations Committee and Moves to Senate Floor

On Tuesday, July 22, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed on a 12-6 vote,  The Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Two years ago the treaty passed in a similar voting style 13-6. Along with the full … Continue reading

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