Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Signing of the "Oregon Promise" to Offer Free Community College to Students
"As the largest and most affordable segment of America's higher education system, community colleges are critical to reaching Presidents Obama's goal of having the highest share of college graduates in the world and to ensuring America's long-term economic prosperity. The President has called for making two years of community college free so that students can earn the skills needed for today's jobs and the first half of a bachelor's degree at no cost. Today that vision took a giant step towards becoming a reality. Oregon's work builds on the momentum we are seeing across the country, including the recent introduction of the America's College Promise Act in Congress. I applaud Governor Kate Brown for signing this landmark legislation and, especially, want to thank Senator Mark Hass for his tireless leadership in bringing thousands of Oregon's students one step closer to realizing the American Dream."
The Swipe Generation: Best Practices with Mobile Technology for Young Children
Date: Thursday, July 23, 2015
Time: 2-3 pm CST
Children are growing up with digital tools and often are experts at navigating these tools well before entering kindergarten. This webinar, targeted at early childhood educators and parents of young children, examines the current research on the use of technology for children birth-8 years, and the implications of using these tech tools for early learning.
Led by Beth Poss, Educational Consultant and special education administrator for Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, this webinar will:
Proposed Policy Statement on Inclusive Early Childhood Programs
The U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have released a draft policy statement on including young children with disabilities in high-quality inclusive early childhood programs. The policy seeks to define inclusion and make recommendations for expanding inclusive early learning opportunities for children. Comments can be submitted online through May 22, 2015.
Presentation: Accountability and Outcomes for Children with Speech, Language and Hearing Challenges
Friday, May, 22nd 10am – 12pm
the presentation is available at http://edstream.ed.gov.
Federal Guidance on Special Education Dispute Resolution Options
A recent Dear Colleague letter from the U.S. Department of Education warns school districts against filing due process complaints concerning issues that are part of state complaints filed by parents. The letter emphasizes the importance of following Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) dispute resolution procedures and avoiding adversarial processes when possible. Read more
On April 28, the U.S. Department of Education published final regulations that clarify a school district’s responsibility to maintain a constant level of financial support for the education of children with disabilities.
The U.S. Department of Education recently released a new guidance package on Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all federally-funded education programs. The guidance emphasizes the importance of designating a Title IX coordinator.
The Obama administration has released proposed rules for the federal job training law, which includes programs for youth and adults with disabilities. The public is invited to comment on these rules. Submissions must be received by June 15, 2015.
Members of Pacer’s Mental Health Youth Advisory Board Will Share Their Stories in May
PACER’s Youth Advisory Board is helping to reduce the stigma associated with mental health diagnoses, educating the public on the issues youth face, influencing children’s mental health policy changes, advocating for better services, and providing peer support. The students will present a panel discussion and share their personal stories at the “Moving from Anxiety to Optimal Wellness” event on Saturday, May 9.
From: 9 a.m. to noon
Mount Olivet Lutheran Church,
The 2015 edition of “How Safe is the Schoolhouse? An Analysis of State Seclusion and Restraint Laws and Policies” is now available. Written by Jessica Butler and published by the Autism National Committee, the report summarizes progress made in states’ efforts to eliminate the use of seclusion and restraint and challenges that remain.
Registration Now Open for “Violence in the Lives of People with Disabilities: Emerging Issues and Solutions for 2015 and Beyond”
Attend the free webinar, April 30, 1:30 — 3:30 EST, sponsored by The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability (NCCJD) which will include PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center presenting on the topic of “responding to bullying of students with disabilities.”
This webinar will address other emerging issues in the field with a panel of experts and advocates covering topics like:
Webinar participants will be the first to obtain NCCJ’s white paper on the topic of violence, abuse, and bullying which delves even deeper into the issues addressed on the webinar. Join us for this thought-provoking and empowering webinar, and find out how you can reduce violence in the lives of people with disabilities. Learn more and register >>>