Category Archives: U.S. Congress

Republican Appropriations Bills: Shortchanging America’s Future, Serving Special Interests

House Appropriations Committee Democrats today released Republican Appropriations Bills: Shortchanging America's Future, Serving Special Interests that “highlights some of the most damaging funding cuts in the 2016 Appropriations bills, and policy riders that prioritize special interests and politics over hardworking … Continue reading

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ESEA Reauthorization: House and Senate Pass Bills

On July 8, the U.S. House of Representatives completed its work on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). H.R.5 the Student Success Act squeaked by with a vote of 218-213.  On July 16, the U.S. Senate … Continue reading

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CEC Honors and Celebrates 25th Anniversary of ADA

On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). One of the most important civil rights laws in our history and the first major piece of domestic legislation in the world to … Continue reading

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2015 Special Education Legislative Summit: Special Educators Standing Up For Kids on Capitol Hill

From July 12-15, some 165 special educators attended the 2015 CEC/CASE Special Education Legislative Summit in Alexandria, Va., to study the critical issues facing the field and build advocacy knowledge and skills, all in preparation for their most important mission:  … Continue reading

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ESEA is on the Move!

Yesterday began the long awaited action as ESEA heads to the Senate floor to be reauthorized. The debate started on the Every Child Act of 2015 (S.1177) with opening remarks from the bill’s co-authors, Senators Lamar Alexandria (R-TN), and Patty … Continue reading

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CEC Joins 811 Organizations Urging Increased Funding for Education

The Council for Exceptional Children has been a member of The Committee on Education Funding for decades. The Committee along with the Coalition for Health Funding and the Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce jointly sent a letter from 812 … Continue reading

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U.S. Senate Education Committee Unanimously Approves ESEA Rewrite

On Thursday, April 16, 2015 the U.S. Senate HELP Committee voted out of Committee the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015. The committee debated the bill for 3 days. Eighty-seven amendments were filed, over 50 were considered, and others were … Continue reading

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Sign the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations 302(b) Letter by April 24

A letter-being circulated throughout the health, education, child development, social services, and workforce communities-urging appropriators to restore the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 302(b) allocation for the Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee to at least the FY 2010 … Continue reading

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CEC Tells Senate to Support Students With Exceptionalities in ESEA

Chairman Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Murray (D-WA) have shared a new bipartisan draft bill to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. While the bill does include some important provisions that support students  with disabilities, the bill does not … Continue reading

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Senate and House Resolutions Make Deep Spending Cuts to Education

Right before adjuring for its spring recess, both the Senate and the House passed their budget blueprints. Unfortunately, both include massive cuts to education. Budget blueprints set overall spending caps, they do not specify program amounts. Congress will begin this … Continue reading

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