Friends of IES Request Investments in Research

Institute of Education SciencesCEC joined the Friends of IES in sending a letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies, requesting $670 million be provided for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 appropriations bill. Adequate funding enables IES to best support research, data collection and statistical analysis and dissemination, along with growing evidence to inform effective and efficient educational practice and policy across the nation for children and youth with disabilities and gifts and talents.

You can write to your member of Congress too! Go to CEC’s Legislative Action Center before April 28th to tell (Read more...)

Executive Order Could Lead to Smaller Education Department

Wh_logo_sealPresident Trump recently released an executive order for a “Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch,” that seeks recommendations to look for unnecessary programs to cut from the federal government across all agencies. This is in addition to the previously announced proposed budget for the U.S. Department of Education, which could lead to significant cuts to staff and programs within the department. The head of each agency must submit their recommendations within 180 days to Mick Mulvaney, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Recommendations must include a proposed plan to reorganize the agency, if appropriate, to improve efficiency, effectiveness and account (Read more...)

Budget Deadline Looming! Write Congress!

CapitolAt the end of December 2016, Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the federal government until April 28, 2017. The CR froze most government funding, including education, at 2016 levels with a 0.19% across the board cut to all programs.

In the next several weeks Congress will need to reach an agreement on spending levels for the remaining months of Fiscal Year 2017. Congress will only be in session for a little over a week between now and midnight on April 28, as they will soon be on spring recess. The Senate and House appropriations committee are planning to have a bill ready by the week of April 24.

Just recently, the Trump Administration provided Congress a list (Read more...)

Who Won Endrew F? #FAPE #IEP #SCOTUS

I got an email from a reporter last week asking a fascinating question: did parents or school districts win in the Endrew F decision by the US Supreme Court? You can read the entire high court decision here.  Also our previous posts concerning the case are available here and here.

The reporter noted that it seems that parent groups are hailing the decision as a victory for them while at the same time school district groups are saying that they are already providing educational benefit at the level required by this decision. You can see the apparent discrepancy in this story by PBS on whether the decision is a game-changer for special ed.

So who won...well the answer is not very clear. I'm (Read more...)

CEC Advocate Voices Heard- American Health Care Act (AHCA) Withdrawn!

Thanks for Medicaid AdvocacyDue to strong advocacy from CEC advocates and other stakeholders across the nation, the U.S. House of Representatives heard the importance of protecting Medicaid for children and youth with disabilities as they considered their vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA). As you know from previous updates in the Policy Insider, CEC was concerned that the Medicaid refinancing provision in the AHCA would jeopardize health care for the nation’s most vulnerable children: children with disabilities and children in poverty. Congressional members in the House heard the message from states, school districts and early intervention programs that Medicaid, as currently in law, is cost effective and an (Read more...)

2017 Governor’s Top Education Priorities

Education Commission of the StatesThe Education Commission of the States recently released the Governor’s Top Education Priorities: 2017 State of the State addresses. The resource highlights the top seven education priorities by 42 governors, including examples of how states plan to approach these priority areas. The top seven priorities include: school finance, workforce development and career and technical education, teacher issues, early learning (pre-kindergarten-third grade), postsecondary affordability, technology and school choice. Read the full publication to find out more on the 2017 education trends!

Call for Peer Reviewers – Javits Program FY 2017 Grant Competition

Logo DOEThe U.S. Department of Education (DOE) seeks peer reviewers for the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program. Reviewers should have demonstrated experience in: gifted and talented education, educator professional development, research project design and educating students who are English Language Learners (ELLs), students with disabilities, at-risk students and students who are economically disadvantaged. Although plans are underway for the competition, program appropriations for FY 2017 are not yet final. To apply send a resume to by April 15, 2017.

Principals to Recognize Student’s Achievements

DOEThe President's Education Awards Program (PEAP) bestows recognition from the President of the United States and the U.S. Secretary of Education on students whose outstanding efforts have enabled them to meet challenging standards of excellence. School principals determine the number of qualifying students based on criteria developed at each school. The awards, given at the principal’s discretion, are available for students who are graduating from elementary, middle and high school. Read more about the eligibility and selection criteria of the PEAP award to apply and recognize the accomplishments of children with exceptionalities!