Category Archives: U.S. Congress

$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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Physical Restraint and Seclusion Should be Limited to Emergencies, Special Educators Say

CEC member to brief Congress on interventions that minimize use of restraint & seclusion  Today, Senator Harkin (D-Ia.) introduced the Keeping All Students Safe Act, legislation that bans seclusion and limits restraint procedures to emergency situations only.    This legislation was … 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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Rep. Bobby Scott Makes Play for Top Democrat on House Education Committee

This week, Congressman Bobby Scott (D-Va.) – a longtime supporter of programs for children with disabilities – announced his interest in becoming the top Democrat on the Education and the Workforce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives for the … Continue reading

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Rep. Bobby Scott Makes Play for Top Democrat on House Education Committee

This week, Congressman Bobby Scott (D-Va.) – a longtime supporter of programs for children with disabilities – announced his interest in becoming the top Democrat on the Education and the Workforce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives for the … 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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CEC and the National Association for Gifted Children Commend Congressional Support for the Javits Act

      Last week, CEC and the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) presented a press release that commended the actions by key leaders in Congress to restore funding to support The Jacob Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education … Continue reading

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