New Series of ESSA Guidance

DOEThe U.S. Department of Education recently released a series of resources to support States in their transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Consolidated State Plan guidance is intended to support each State Educational Agency (SEA) in developing a consolidated State plan that meets all statutory and regulatory requirements with regard to improved student academic achievement and increased quality of instruction. The State and Local Report Cards guidance is intended to assist SEAs and Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) in implementing the report card requirements under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and implementing regulations in 34 C.F. (Read more...)

Stakeholder Involvement in ESSA

DOEThe Department of Education encourages local leaders to create a dialogue with stakeholders to ensure their voices are considered in regard to ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) implementation. A letter was released in June 2016 by Secretary King to provide guidance to states and districts to stress the importance of including community members in the implementation of the new law. State officials are currently in the process of developing their ESSA Consolidated State Plan that meets all statutory and regulatory requirements with regard to improved student academic achievement and increased quality of instruction. CEC encourages members to become involved in the planning of ESSA (Read more...)

Guidance on Civil Rights of Students with Disabilities

DOEThe U.S. Department of Education recently released three new sets of guidance to assist the public in understanding how the Department interprets and enforces federal civil rights laws protecting the rights of students with disabilities. These guidance documents clarify the rights of students with disabilities and the responsibilities of educational institutions in ensuring that all students have the opportunity to learn. Guidance documents include: Dear Colleague Letter, Know Your Rights Factsheet, and questions and answers (Q&A) documents making clear to stakeholders the rights of student with disabilities in public charter schools under IDEA (Read more...)

Public Education Supporters to Unite on Behalf of Children

EDU.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. has called on supporters of public education to set aside political and policy differences and work together to ensure all students – and especially the most vulnerable students – get the opportunity they need to be successful. During a speech at the Center for American Progress on December 14th, King laid out a bold vision for how the country can unite and move forward in ensuring equity and excellence in public education – from preschool through college. During his speech, King highlighted passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), as an opportunity to move the nation forward together. He called on those who have been on either side of d (Read more...)

School Counselors as School Ambassador Fellows

DOEU.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King Jr., recently announced the expansion of the School Ambassador Fellows program to include school counselors. School counselors will have the opportunity to apply for the School Ambassador Fellows program starting with the 2017-2018 cohort of ambassadors. The program currently includes the Teaching Ambassador Fellows and Principal Ambassador Fellows. Including the voices of teachers, principals, counselors and other education professionals who do meaningful work with students and other educators each day, will bring important perspectives to discussions of federal policy and programs.

Transitioning Justice-Involved Youth

EDThe U.S. Department of Education recently announced the release of new guides and resources to help justice-involved youth transition back to traditional school settings. The resources include a guide written for incarcerated youth; a newly updated transition toolkit and resource guide for practitioners in juvenile justice facilities; a document detailing education programs in juvenile justice facilities from the most recent Civil Rights Data Collection; and a website that provides technical assistance to support youth with disabilities with transitioning out of juvenile justice facilities.

ED Releases Final Regulations on Equity in IDEA

DOEMonday, the U.S. Department of Education made available to the public final regulations under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act ( IDEA), aimed at promoting equity by targeting widespread disparities in the treatment of students of color with disabilities. The regulations address a number of issues related to significant disproportionality in the identification, placement, and discipline of students with disabilities based on race or ethnicity. The Department  also released a new Dear Colleague Letter addressing racial discrimination.

CEC responded to the Notice for Proposed Rulemaking on May 16, 2016, on the action that the Department should take to address sig (Read more...)

Ending Corporal Punishment

EDSecretary King sent a letter to governors and Chief State School Officers urging them to end the use of corporal punishment in schools, a practice linked to harmful short-term and long-term outcomes for students.  “Our schools are bound by a sacred trust to safeguard the well-being, safety, and extraordinary potential of the children and youth within the communities they serve,” he said.  “While some may argue corporal punishment is a tradition in some school communities, society has evolved, and past practice alone is no justification.  No school can be considered safe or supportive if its students are fearful of being physically punished.  We strongly urge states t (Read more...)

Improving Literacy for Students with Disabilities

EDU.S. Department of Education recently announced more than $4.4 million in grants to improve literacy skills, outcomes and results for children with disabilities, including those with dyslexia. Recipients of the grant include: University of Oregon ($1.5 million), American Institutes for Research ($2.1 million), Portland State University ($295,676), The University of Texas at Austin ($245,905) and American Institutes for Research ($269,856). The grants align with the federal initiative, My Brother’s Keeper (MBK), which addresses persistent opportunity gaps and aims to ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. This specific grant opportunity targets the literacy milestone of (Read more...)

Guidance to Redefine a Well-Rounded Education

DOEThe U.S. Department of Education recently released guidance urging states and school districts to use funding through a new block grant created by the Every Student Succeeds Act for a well-rounded education. The grant focuses on safe and healthy students, and how technology can be integrated into schools to improve teaching and learning in addition to emphasizing access to a well-rounded education that includes a wide variety of disciplines – such as music, the arts, social studies, environmental education, computer science and civics. The guidance suggests ways to use the funds, discusses the role of state education agencies, details fiscal responsibilities, and identifie (Read more...)