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President's New High School Initiative, Other Proposed Programs Tackle Issues Important to Hispanics
http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2005/02/02232005a.html
President Bush's new High School Initiative has the potential to do more to curtail the high dropout rate among Hispanics and other minorities than any other federal initiative in history, senior Department of Education officials said during a recent press briefing for Hispanic journalists. Available in Spanish.

Quality Education Can Bring Opportunity for All, Secretary Spellings Says
http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2005/02/02282005.html
In a recent address, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings declared that a quality education is worth fighting for; observed that the No Child Left Behind Act and UNESCO's Education For All initiative share complementary goals, including special attention for students once ignored and left behind; and claimed that quality, access, and scientifically-based research are keys to educational success for all students.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA): Analysis of Change Made by P.L. 108-446 (January 2005)
http://www.cec.sped.org/pp/docs/CRSAnalysisofNewIDEAPL108-446.pdf
The Congressional Research Service, the part of the Library of Congress that serves as the research arm of Congress, has published an analysis of the new IDEA law. Written by Richard N. Apling, Specialist in Social Legislation, Domestic Social Policy Division; and Nancy Lee Jones, Legislative Attorney, American Law Division. One page summary provided. Available in PDF (47 pages, 203 KB).

Margaret Spellings Sworn in as U.S. Secretary of Education (January, 2005)
http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2005/01/01312005.html
Remarks made by U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings at her January 31, 2005 swearing-in ceremony are now available online. The Presidentís remarks, Spellingsí biography, video and audio of her confirmation hearing, and photos of the event are also available.

Office of Personnel Management Proposes Regulations Streamlining Hiring Procedures for People with Disabilities (January 2005)
http://www.opm.gov/viewDocument.aspx?q=737
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management recently released an announcement proposing new regulations for hiring people with disabilities. The proposed regulations will give agencies greater authority to quickly certify and appoint individuals with disabilities based solely on documentation submitted by the applicant. These proposed regulations will make it easier for agencies to consider and hire people with disabilities by streamlining the process for certifying that an applicant with disabilities meets eligibility requirements and is "likely to succeed" in the job.

OSERS Seeks Input and Suggestions for Developing Regulations Based on IDEA 2004
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep/idea/public-meetings.html
The U.S. Department of Educationís Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services announces a series of public meetings to seek input for developing regulations based on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004. The next meetings will be held Monday, February 7, 2005, from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM and 6:30-8:30 PM at the Sheraton Boston, Prudential Center, 39 Dalton St., Boston, MA 02199. Other public meetings will be conducted at the following locations: San Diego, CA, on February 11, 2005; Atlanta, GA, on February 15, 2005; Laramie, WY, on February 18, 2005; and Washington, D.C., on February 24, 2005.

President's FY 2006 Budget Focuses Resources on Students Who Need Them the Most (February, 2005)
http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2005/02/02072005.html
President Bush unveiled plans to build upon the success of the No Child Left Behind education reforms by submitting a budget request for 2006 that provides $56 billion in discretionary funding for the U.S. Department of Education.

Request for Comments on Proposed Changes in Federal Regulations on Employment of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities
http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/ei-special_hiring.asp
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is proposing changes to regulations regarding appointments of persons with mental retardation and severe physical and psychiatric disabilities. These changes will provide agencies the authority to determine, on a case-by-case basis, whether these individuals can receive an appointment based solely on medical documentation submitted by the applicant. You may submit comments, identified by RIN number (3206-AK58), by visiting http://www.regulations.gov; e-mailing employ@opm.gov (include "RIN 3206-AK58" in the subject line of your message); faxing 202-606-2329; or sending mail to Mark Doboga, Deputy Associate Director for Talent and Capacity Policy, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Room 6551, 1900 E Street, NW. Washington, DC 20415-9700. Submission deadline: March 14, 2005.

Toward a New Golden Age in American Education: How the Internet, the Law, and Today's Students are Revolutionizing Expectations (January 2005)
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/os/technology/plan/2004/
The U.S. Department of Education recently released the 2004 National Education Technology Plan. It is based on input from students, educators, administrators, technology experts and education organizations, and builds on the previous reports issued in 1996 and 2000. This report describes seven action steps designed to improve the use of technology in the nation's schools.

Bush Outlines High School Reform Plan
http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/education/
On January 14, 2005, President Bush highlighted the need to do more to prepare high school students for the future. His proposals would ensure that every high school student graduates with the skills needed to succeed in college and in a globally competitive workforce. His Fiscal Year 2006 budget will provide $1.5 billion for a new High School Initiative to help states hold high schools accountable for teaching all students and provide effective and timely intervention for students who are not learning at grade level. The Initiative includes requirements for state assessments to ensure that diplomas are truly meaningful.

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