What are your top policy issues for 2019?

As special educators, we have a passion for the children we serve. What better way to serve them than to tell our legislators about the issues that affect them most! CEC’s Special Education Legislative Summit (SELS) committee is asking you to identify your top five priority policy issues by completing their survey . The results of the survey will help the committee select topics to be addressed at this year’s Summit and develop policy recommendations and issue briefs to be shared with legislators.

In case you haven’t had a chance to attend one of the previous Special Education Legislative Summits, visit the SELS website for more information. Make 2019 the year you storm the Hill and advocate #4SpecialEducation!!

Reinventing Special Education Webinar with CASE President Phyllis Wolfram on Friday, February 8th

Want to learn more about the state of special education in our country? Join current CASE President Phyllis Wolfram this Friday, February 8th, from 10-11am PST, hear about the state of special education in the US and what national organizations such as CEC and CASE are doing to improve it.

For more information and to register for the webinar, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reinventing-special-education-in-2019-registration-55256015229?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing.

Senator Cantwell Leads the Way in Ensuring Disability Access to Federally-Funded Buildings

Senator Maria Cantwell, along with 13 Democratic senators, introduced a resolution on Monday, December 10, 2018, highlighting the need for improved access to federally-funded and continued to support for laws preventing disability discrimination. 

For more information and to see the text of the resolution, find the Press Release here.

Wondering how you can show your support?  Contact Senator Cantwell and thank her for supporting disability access.  You can also contact other Senators, even those from other states, to express your support as well. Find contact information for all U.S. senators here.

New Federal Education Budget Bill Signed Into Law

President Trump signed a new spending bill into law on October 1st increasing the Department of Education’s budget to $71.5 billion for fiscal year 2019.  The bill includes an increase of $100 million for special education.  For more information about the law, visit EdWeek’s K-12 Politics blog at http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2018/10/donald-trump-education-spending-increase-second-straight-year.html.

Perry Zirkel Discusses “Section 504-only” Data

In his July 2018  Legal Alert (https://perryzirkel.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/zirkel-legal-alert-october-2018.pdf), Dr. Perry Zirkel shares the latest state-by-state data on “Section 504-only” students from the U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Data Collection.  You can find more information on his website, https://perryzirkel.com/.