The annual Kids’ Share 2016: Federal Expenditures on Children through 2015 and Future Projections report shows the current and future projections of the limited amount of federal money existing for children. These projections include federal spending and tax investments for both children and families. The report states that funding specific to children will be cut in coming years, including education. Education is projected to suffer a 24% decrease in funding throughout the next ten years. Take a stand now and send a letter to your legislators through CEC’s Legislative Action Center to let them know education funding cannot be cut!
Join CEC in celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the passage of Public Law 99-457, which established Part C and mandated Part B, Section 619 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) throughout October. CEC and its Division of Early Childhood (DEC) were key players in 1986 leading up to the passage of this landmark legislation. The statute contains all of the procedural and substantial safeguards necessary to ensure equal access to public special education and early intervention for all children birth through five years of age with disabilities and their families.
In this edition of the Policy Insider we feature the 30th anniversary activities of leaders and associations in t (Read more...)
The Institute of Education Sciences recently announced the first grantees of the new IES Pathways to the Education Sciences Research Training Program award.
The program, which launched in 2015, was created to foster and develop participation of underrepresented groups in the science community. Pathways seeks to support education researchers in minority serving institutions (MSI) and strengthen the participation of minorities in the sciences by proposing new approaches to education research studies. The hope is that minority students who participate in education research studies, professional development, and mentoring through the Pathway program will pursue doctoral study in the future.
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A study that projects future trends related to teacher shortages, supply, and demand has been released by the Learning Policy Institute. Four main factors are highlighted that attribute to teacher shortages, which include: a decline in preparation enrollment programs, high teacher attrition, an increasing student class size and enrollment, and local school districts encouraging outdated teacher-student ratios in the classroom. The study also reports some alarming statistics, such as: the year 2016 will have had the lowest number of available teachers in the past ten years. The study also reviews subject area shortages, reporting that 48 states and Washington D.C. reported shortages in speci (Read more...)
A final priority has been added to the existing list of supplemental priorities for U.S. Department of Education discretionary grant programs, which was originally published December 10, 2014. The new priority addresses efforts to support a student’s comprehensive education, focusing on elementary and secondary school education. This new priority will go into effect on October 14, 2016, and aims to encourage a growth of diversity within the school setting, including tackling poverty and segregation concerns.
The National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado Boulder has published a policy brief titled, Independent Teacher Education Programs: Apocryphal Claims, Illusory Evidence. The publication reviews the structure of the five most prominent independent teacher education programs within the United States. These five include: The Relay Graduate School of Education, Math Teacher Residency, High Tech High’s Internship, iTeach and TEACH-NOW. Some of the key concepts found in the brief; touching on how to best serve the student audience, evidence vs. ideology within the expansion of these programs, and what legislators can do to help resolve teacher shortages and simultaneously prod (Read more...)
The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services released a national report and an individual performance report that indicate Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge states are improving the quality of early learning programs while enrolling more children, especially from low- and moderate-income families, in the highest-quality programs. The report captures the progress and challenges overcome by the 20 states who have received Early Learning Grants since the program’s launch in 2011.