State Personnel Development Grant Competition: Extension of the Application Period

OseplogoOn December 15, 2014, The Federal Register published a notice inviting applications for new awards under the SPDG competition. The purpose of this program, which was authorized by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), is to assist State educational agencies (SEAs) in reforming and improving their systems for personnel preparation and professional development in early intervention, educational, and transition services in order to improve results for children with disabilities. 

The notice established a January 29, 2015 deadline for the submission of applications, and a deadline of March 30, 2015, for intergovernmental review. Both deadlines have been extend (Read more...)

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We are continuing our series on bullying of kids with disabilities. What else should school districts do to prevent the serious problem of bullying?
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Bullying of Kids With Disabilities – Postscript II #bully

In My Room from the Bully Series
In My Room from the Bully Series (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As I mentioned in the last post in the series, I have given a number of presentations on Bullying and IDEA over the last few years, ranging from one-half day to one hour.  The participants in each session were very engaged in the presentation.

In the previous post, I mentioned our detailed discussion of the definition of bullying.  In this post, I'm going to summarize our discussions of the public policy question. (Yes, there is a reason why I got that masters degree in public policy after all.)

Some participants questioned whether the school districts should have a role in bullying, ie is there a governmen (Read more...)
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Chairman Alexander Releases ESEA Reauthorization Discussion Draft

Senate seal-thumb-600x600-868-thumb-600x600-870On Tuesday Senate HELP Chairman Alexander released his 387 page ESEA reauthorization discussion draft, entitled “Every Child Ready for College or Career Act of 2015.” Alexander is soliciting feedback on his staff discussion draft by Monday, February 2, at: Alexander will also be sponsoring a hearing, “Fixing No Child Left Behind: Testing and Accountability,” on Wednesday, January 21. 

CEC is concerned about the lack of strong accountability measures for children with disabilities in the Alexander draft. Stay tuned for CEC’s ESEA reauthorization feedback. 

Senator Murray, Ranking Chair of the HELP Committee outlined her “ESEA Principles” on the floor of (Read more...)

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Secretary Arne Duncan’s Vision for the Future of ESEA

Education-1Secretary Arne Duncan laid out an idea for the nation’s well-known education law, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in a speech on January 12th, 2015. On the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the ESEA bill, he called for a new law that will work to ensure strong opportunities for all students, and protect the most vulnerable.  

In his remarks, Duncan advised for dispensing with No Child Left Behind—the latest version of ESEA—and replacing it with a new law. Duncan made sure to put the pressure on for Congress in moving forward stating that although seeking to work collaboratively, “Congress must not compromise the nation's vital interest of lifting up al (Read more...)

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Invitation to Teach Your Craft at Learnivore

Happy New Year, everyone! I thought some of you might be interested in teaching your expertise or sharing them with students who are interested to be good at what you do. Just found this one... is a marketplace to connect students with private instructors in the arts, athletics, and academics by creating a free profile (for both students and instructors). The site just launched, and I'm trying to encourage as many high quality instructors to join as possible. I believe that some of you, with your years of experience, qualify as highly qualified instructors. Once again, it is 100% FREE. I am also using Learnivore and you can get an idea about what (Read more...)
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Breaking: Our LinkedIn Special Education Law Group Now Has Over 18,000 Members: Tech Update

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One of our goals in creating this blog was to provide both discussion of special education law topics from an impartial perspective and to provide resources where interested persons can find more information.

The impartial perspective is very important.  I have never represented or advised parents or school personnel on a special ed matter.  I am a hearing officer, mediator and complaint investigator for a number of states.  I also advise states and train their personnel. I frequently present at conferences on special education law from an impartial perspective. That is why when parents or school personnel contact me, I cannot help them.  They gene (Read more...)
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We are continuing our series on bullying of kids with disabilities. What else should school districts do to prevent the serious problem of bullying?
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Exodus: Gods and Kings – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Exodus: Gods and Kings manages to successfully portray the biblical story of Moses and the Egyptians in just under 2 hours, which is quite an achievement when you compare it to the previous epic directed by Cecile B. DeMille. The effects and imagery throughout the movie are as spectacular as they are stunning, but when...
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Las Vegas: a City that Defies All Odds

Las Vegas is situated in the United States, in the western state of Nevada; rising like an oasis from the Mojave Desert, this city of over a million people enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year. If ever there was a city that shouldn’t be, it’s Las Vegas. Starting life...
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