Early Learning Secretary Priority for Discretionary Grants

Education-1The Secretary of Education has released final priorities which may be used across the Department of Education’s discretionary grant programs to incentivize actions and give preference to applicants without making additional rule making.

A notice of proposed priorities and definitions (NPP) was published in the Federal Register on June 24, 2014 (79 FR 35736). The document contained background information and reasons for proposing the particular priorities and definitions. In response to our invitation in the NPP, more than 1,600 parties submitted comments on the proposed priorities and definitions.

The early learning priority supports projects that are designed to improve early learning and d (Read more...)

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Charter School Program Guidance On Preschool

FemaleTeacherSittinginCircleReadingIn November, the Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement released Frequently Asked Questions on the Use of CSP Funds to Support Preschool Education, non-regulatory guidance on the circumstances under which Charter School Program (CSP) funds may be used to support preschool education. The Department has determined that under new authority in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, CSP grantees may use funds to support preschool education in Stateswhere preschool is part of elementary education under State law, as well as in States where it is not part of this definition provided that the preschool program is offered as part of a school that meets the definition of a (Read more...)

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Training and Information for Parents of Children with Disabilities–Parent Training and Information Centers


Training and Information for Parents of Children with Disabilities--Parent Training and Information Centers Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2015. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.328M

   Applications Available: December 11, 2014.

   Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: February 9, 2015.

   Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: April 10, 2015. 

Purpose of Program: The purpose of this program is to ensure that parents of children with disabilities receive training and information to help improve results for their children. The purpose of this priority is to fund 41 Parent Training and Info (Read more...)

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State Personnel Development Grants Program

6a00d83452098b69e201b7c70fd8bd970bThe following Notice of Applications for New Awards; State Personnel Development Grants (SPDG) Program was published in the Federal Register on Monday, December 15, 2014.  

Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2015. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.323A. 

The purpose of this program, 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.


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Unfocused, Checked Out Me!

Dear Readers,

I am so not present today. I’m pretty sure I’m not going to be present tomorrow or the next day either. I am burnt out and ready for the vacation. Only three more days after today. Can’t wait!

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You’re Invited to T&L2015!

As a member of the advisory board of this exciting event, I am helping promote this conference and I hope you can share this to our colleagues as well. 

Please join us in celebrating our teaching profession on March 13-14 at the 2015 Teaching & Learning Conference here in Washington DC. For more details please check out the website: http://teachingandlearning2015.org . 

See you there!

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Weekly Question!

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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Overdue Book Reviews!

Dear Readers,

I haven’t posted a book review in a long time. I’m going to remedy that during the break. I may even post a few. I think I’ll review Patricia Polacco’s “January Sparrow.” It was such a fantastic book. I loved it like I love all of Patricia Polacco’s book. I honestly haven’t read a book of hers that I don’t like. Others that I think I’ll review are: Applemando’s Dream, Pink & Say, Mr. Lincoln’s Way, Bully, Junkyard Wonders, & My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother (in memory of Patricia’s older brother, Richie, who recently passed). I’ll kick them out over the break. Until then!

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Sicky McSickerton Me!

I am so sick. It hit so suddenly that I was totally unprepared for it. I didn’t think I’d get sick this year because I’m happy and I’m not super-stressed. I was ridiculously sick on Wednesday morning, but since I only teach in the mornings on Wednesday, I knew I’d be finished before 10:00 a.m. Once I finished my 2nd period, I went home. I got in the bed and have not been out of the house since. I’m debating whether or not to go to work tomorrow. It all depends on how I feel in the morning. Hopefully I’ll feel well enough. If not I will simply stay in the bed and recuperate. It’s Friday, so I’ll have the rest of the weekend to recuperate a (Read more...)

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Bullying of Kids With Disabilities – Part X

English: A Bully Free Zone sign - School in Be...
English: A Bully Free Zone sign - School in Berea, Ohio (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Bullying remains the hottest of hot button issues in special education law. 
In the first installment of this series, I explained the early cases laying the conceptual groundwork for the proposition that failure to react to bullying can constitute a denial of FAPE under IDEA.  In later installments, I have discussed the seminal decision of TK & SK ex rel LK v. New York City Dept of Educ 779 F.Supp.2d 289, 56 IDELR 228 (E.D.N.Y. 4/25/2011).  This case is important not just because it analyzes special education law principles involving bullying, but (Read more...)
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