The rights of the unvaccinated child by Professor D. R. Reiss

Over on Shot of Prevention, Dorit Rubinstein Reiss—she’s a Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law—has a series of articles examining “The Rights of the Unvaccinated Child.” As of my posting here, the first two of the five-part series are available. These make highly recommended reading. The Rights of […]

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Good, But Bad at the Same Time! or (Bad, But Good at the Same Time!)

Dear Readers,

One of my students left today. It’s a good thing that he’s going to a better place where he can get the help that he needs. But (and this is a big but), now that he’s left, that means a new student. A new student at this school is not a good thing anyway. What’s even worse is a new student this late in the year. If a student is coming this late it means that, more than likely, the school /school district has been trying to get this kid out for awhile; for good reason.

However, there’s good news. The good news is that it’s not my problem because I am moving to Elementary school on Monday since one of the teachers is leaving on Friday.

I’ (Read more…)

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Department of Education 2014 Summer Internships, Apply by March 15th

Education-1Interning with the Department of Education (ED) is a great way to explore your interests in education policy research and analysis, intergovernmental relations and public affairs, and even work with social media while learning about the role Federal Government plays in education.

ED is accepting applications for Summer 2014 through March 15. If you are interested in interning for the upcoming summer, there are three materials you must send before being considered for an interview: 

    1. A cover letter summarizing why you wish to work at ED and stating your previous experiences in the line of education, if any. Include here what particular offices interest you, keeping in mind that due to t (Read more…)
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    Summer Programs for K-12 Teachers at the Library of Congress, Apply by March 24th

    US-LibraryOfCongressThe Library of Congress is accepting applications for its week-long summer programs for K-12 educators through March 24. Selected participants join colleagues from across the country for five days of high quality professional development in Washington, D.C. Educators across subject areas and grade levels work side by side with Library education specialists and collections experts to develop lessons for use in their classrooms. At the program’s end, participants will return to their school settings armed with multiple strategies for developing, refining, and implementing lessons with primary source analysis at the center. 

    Applications are due Monday, March 24th

    This (Read more…)

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    New Weekly Question!

    Procedural safeguards are at the heart of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act. As we conduct a new informational series on procedural safeguards, what would you change about IDEA’s scheme for protecting parent/student rights?

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    Procedural Safeguards – The Series

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    English: United States Supreme Court building in Washington D.C., USA. Front facade. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    This is the first installment in a multi-part series on procedural safeguards under the federal special education law, the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act.  I work a lot in this area, so it is near and dear to my heart.  Despite the importance of procedural safeguards. however, many issues in this area are misunderstood.  I hope that all of the different types of special education stakeholders who read this blog find the information in this series helpful.

    Procedural safeguards are extremely important under our system of special education.  In (Read more…)
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    Over 130 Lawmakers Urge President Obama to Increase IDEA Funding in 2015 Budget; Join CEC’s Advocacy for a Greater Investment in IDEA

    Special-education-degreeEvery budget, whether it’s for the federal government, a local school district, or your family, reflects priorities. 

    But, recent budget proposals put forth by President Obama – and his predecessors – have yielded few, if any, increases for IDEA’s programs, which serve over six million children and youth with disabilities.  While the economic stimulus package of 2009 doubled funding for IDEA programs, subsequent funding levels remain far below CEC’s recommendations.  

    Today, 139 members of the U.S. House of Representatives – led by Representatives Huffman (D-CA), Polis (D-CO), McKinley (R-WV), Harper (R-MS) – called on President Obama to reverse course and make IDEA funding (Read more…)

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    Over 130 Lawmakers Urge President Obama to Increase IDEA Funding in 2015 Budget; Join CEC’s Advocacy for a Greater Investment in IDEA

    Special-education-degreeEvery budget, whether it’s for the federal government, a local school district, or your family, reflects priorities. 

    But, recent budget proposals put forth by President Obama – and his predecessors – have yielded few, if any, increases for IDEA’s programs, which serve over six million children and youth with disabilities.  While the economic stimulus package of 2009 doubled funding for IDEA programs, subsequent funding levels remain far below CEC’s recommendations.  

    Today, 139 members of the U.S. House of Representatives – led by Representatives Huffman (D-CA), Polis (D-CO), McKinley (R-WV), Harper (R-MS) – called on President Obama to reverse course and make IDEA funding (Read more…)

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