Category Archives: U.S. Congress

Policy Insider on Vacation During August Recess

With the U.S. Congress entering it's August recess, the Policy Insider will be taking a brief summer vacation. The next issue of the Policy Insider will be September 16, 2015. 

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Senate Passes Hatch, Murray Bipartisan Resolution Commemorating Americans with Disabilities Act Anniversary

Last week, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan resolution from U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Patty Murray (D-WA) to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed into law on July 26, 1990.  Senate … Continue reading

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House, Senate Educations Leaders Discuss Efforts to Replace NCLB

House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN), Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Senate Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), and House Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA) met recently to discuss proceeding with a … Continue reading

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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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