State Education Initiatives

Us mapMany voters across the nation approved or rejected ballot initiatives that directly involved education issues. Here is a scorecard of some of the key votes on issues involving education:

In the Classroom: California passed Proposition 58, which will allow non-English languages to be used in public educational instruction. Oregon approved the Outdoor School Lottery Fund Initiative, which supports outdoor school programs – focusing on: the environment, natural resources and economic development. Louisiana defeated an amendment that would have allowed college boards to establish tuition and fee amounts with legislative approval.

Funding: Maine approved an increase tax on household income excee (Read more...)

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Weekly Question!

We are running a Series on Procedural Safeguards. Which of the procedural safeguards under IDEA are most effective in protecting the educational rights of children with disabilities? #SpEdProcedures
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Breaking: GAO Report: The Services Needed By Persons With Autism As They Transition to Adulthood #transition #autism

The Government Accountability Office issued a report on November 17, 2016 concerning the services needed by youth with autism while transitioning to adulthood. Although this report extends way beyond special education, a portion of the report deals with IDEA transition services.

In part the report states:
"To support the educational needs of children with disabilities, Congress originally passed IDEA in 1975. IDEA requires states and local educational agencies to identify and evaluate children with disabilities and provide special education and related services to those who are eligible. Such services and supports are formulated in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and may include spee (Read more...)
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Students with EBD Hit Hardest by Texas Cap in Special Ed Enrollment

According to reports Brian M. Rosenthal published in the Houston (TX, US) Chronicle, since the early 2000s when the Texas Education Agency (TEA) essentially limited enrollment in special education to 8.5% of the school population, the category of students with disabilities that saw the largest decline in enrollment was emotional disturbance. Mr. Rosenthal published a […]
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CADRE Webinar on Dispute Resolution Procedures

Cadrelogo_smThe National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) will host a webinar to discuss trends in the use of IDEA formal dispute resolution procedures (written signed complaints, mediation, due process complaints/hearings, and resolution meetings) over the past eleven years. Additional topics to be covered include:

  • Total national rates of activity (dispute resolution events per 10K childcount in the 50 states) and mean state reported activity (average of state rates reported);
  • Drilling down into data (e.g., “due process complaints resolved without a hearing” – how were these cases actually resolved?);
  • Using existing dispute resolution data to inform, understand, and collaborat (Read more...)
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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...)

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Assistive Technology Tools for Transition to Work Posts Coming


Hello Everyone,
It has been a while since I have written on this blog. My work has moved into the realm of high school transition services as we work to develop a more seamless transition for students from the classroom to a world of competitive intergrated employment here in Oregon.
What is interesting to me is that way back when I first started this blog, No Limits to Learning,  I actually had 2 blogs. One was this one, No Limits to Learning, for education, and the other one was No Limits to Life - a blog dedicated to vocational and life accommodations with AT. It just got to be too much to monitor and write both blogs so I closed down the life blog and focused on learning. Now many yea (Read more...)
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Tell Congress to Invest in Education Programs for Children with Exceptionalities NOW!

Action Alert!Congress is back in session after the election and the FY2017 appropriations bill is on their agenda among other important issues. The Congress approved a continuing resolution (CR) through December 9 before leaving Washington for the election. It is not clear the route to a final appropriations bill. Several options are being considered including: all "remaining" bills (mini-buses); mini-buses for some bills but a CR for the whole year for other bills; or another short-term CR until spring for all remaining bills, but it seems unlikely that President Obama would sign such a bill.
 
Whatever the path is to a final spending bill, WE NEED EVERY CEC VOICE to join this advocacy (Read more...)
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We are running a Series on Procedural Safeguards. Which of the procedural safeguards under IDEA are most effective in protecting the educational rights of children with disabilities? #SpEdProcedures
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