Special Education Represented at White House Meeting by CEC Board Member

Wh_logo_sealJane Quenneville, CEC Board Member, was invited to a meeting at the White House on Tuesday for a parent-teacher listening session. Quenneville, among other attendees including parents and teachers, met with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, and top advisor Stephen Miller in the Roosevelt room at the White House. Quenneville serves as the Principal of The Kilmer Center, a Fairfax County Public School for students ages 5-21, with severe disabilities and/or autism. Quenneville shared the critical importance of special education at the meeting and had an exchange with the President about the r (Read more...)

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Special Education Represented at White House Meeting by CEC Board Member

Wh_logo_sealJane Quenneville, CEC Board Member, was invited to a meeting at the White House on Tuesday for a parent-teacher listening session. Quenneville, among other attendees including parents and teachers, met with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, and top advisor Stephen Miller in the Roosevelt room at the White House. Quenneville serves as the Principal of The Kilmer Center, a Fairfax County Public School for students ages 5-21, with severe disabilities and/or autism. Quenneville shared the critical importance of special education at the meeting and had an exchange with the President about the r (Read more...)

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Senate HELP and House Education and Workforce Subcommittees Finalized

ED&WF & HELPSubcommittees for the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) and House Education and Workforce have announced their subcommittee members for 115th Congress. The subcommittees listed below include: the Subcommittee on Children and Families, the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development. Newly appointed subcommittee members are starred in the listings below (click pictures to enlarge). 

CEC looks forward to working with all members of these subcommittees as we advance CEC’s public policy agenda for children with exceptionalities, and the professionals who work on their behalf. Is you (Read more...)

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Is Special Education In Trouble? #IDEA #special education #POTUS


OK it is time for a serious question, is special education in trouble? This blog is not partisan; we do not endorse candidates or tell you how to vote. Indeed, I take great comfort in the fact that historically, special education has received widespread and solid support from both political parties. My intention here is not to get political, yet there may well be cause for concern by recent political developments.

I began to worry when Donald Trump, a candidate for the highest office in the land, mocked a reporter with a disability on national television. You can see it in the video below
  

When I saw this on television, I felt sick.  If you read this blog regularly, you know th (Read more...)
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Importance of Effective Principal Preparation

Ceedar logoThe CEEDAR Center has two valuable resources to prepare principals to meet the needs of students with disabilities. The first resource, in collaboration with the Council of Chief State School Officers, PSEL 2015 and Promotion Principal Leadership for the Success of Students with Disabilities is designed to help State Education Agency personnel facilitate building inclusive school districts with the PSEL (Professional Standards for Educational Leaders) 2015 framework. The second resource is an archived webinar titled Preparing Principals to Meeting the Needs of Each Student. The webinar focused on preparing principals to meet the needs of all students, including students with disabilities.

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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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Congressional Hearing on School Choice

ED & WF logoThe Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education of the Education and the Workforce Committee recently held a hearing titled “Helping Students Succeed Through the Power of School Choice.” The hearing was held to discuss the power of school choice and opportunities to extend more educational opportunities. Four witnesses were present and spoke at the hearing, describing their personal experiences concerning how school choice has made a positive difference for their families. The webcast of the hearing has been archived and is available to view online.

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Teacher Prep and ESSA Regs: House Resolution to Rescind

House of Reps logoOn February 1, two resolutions were introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by republicans to rescind Obama administration federal regulations for teacher preparation programs (House Joint Resolution 58) and ESSA accountability (House Joint Resolution 57). On Tuesday, the House passed the two resolutions along party lines and they now will move to the Senate. The White has House reported President Trump would sign them. CEC has weighed in on our concerns regarding the teacher preparation regulations particularly the provision that uses the weight of test scores in the evaluation of higher education programs. CEC supports the ESSA accountability regulations as they hold states accoun (Read more...)

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Education and Workforce and HELP Committee Members Finalized

ED&WF & HELPThe Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) and House Education and Workforce committee members for 115th Congress have been announced. Newly appointed committee members are starred in the listings below (click pictures to enlarge).

CEC looks forward to working with all members of these committees as we advance CEC’s public policy agenda for children with exceptionalities, and the professionals who work on their behalf. Is your member of Congress listed as a member of one of these key education committees? We encourage CEC advocates to reach out as a trusted special education resource to these committee members! You can find information for your members of Congress on CEC’s Legisl (Read more...)

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Betsy DeVos Confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Education

US SenateToday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as the 11th education secretary after a controversial confirmation process. The 50-50 tie vote in the Senate led Vice President Mike Pence to cast the 51st “yea” vote.

The votes were cast along party lines with the exception of two “no” votes from republican Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine. The vote to confirm came after a 24-hour democratic “talkathon” on the floor of the Senate in opposition of DeVos.

Betsy DeVos will be sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence at 5:30 PM today and will address staff at the U.S. Department of Education on Wednesday at 2:00 PM, according to the White House.

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