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Bureau of Labor Statistics Releases Youth Employment Rate Numbers for May 2014
http://www.dol.gov/odep/categories/youth/youthemployment.htm
Employment data for youth with and without disabilities is obtained from the Current Population Survey (CPS), a monthly survey of households conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Department of Education Announces New Effort to Strengthen Achievement Gap for Students with Disabilities
http://tinyurl.com/7ptdnv2
The Department of Education has announced new steps to help close the achievement gap for students with disabilities by moving away from a one-size-fits-all, compliance-focused approach to a more balanced system that looks at how well students are being educated in addition to continued efforts to protect their rights.

IES Grant Competitions
http://ies.ed.gov/funding/
The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has released FY2012 funding announcements for grant competitions in education and special education research and training. The six competitions are: Education Research Grants (84.305A); Special Education Research Grants (84.324A); Postdoctoral Research Training Program in the Education Sciences (84.305B); Postdoctoral Research Training Program in Special Education (84.324B); Statistical and Research Methodology in Education (84.305D); and Evaluation of State and Local Education Programs and Policies (84.305E). IES will announce additional competitions in late March.

Awards to Help Students Living with Intellectual Disabilities Transition to Post-Secondary Education
http://tinyurl.com/3adjdov
Education Secretary Duncan announced the award of $10.9 million for 28 grants under two new federal programs that create opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities to attend college. The new federal programs include the Transition Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) and a new coordinating center to support these TPSID grantees. Grantees will create or build on programs that focus on academics and instruction, employment and independent living, as well as provide individualized supports and opportunities for students to be involved in college experiences with their peers without disabilities.

Rosa’s Law
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/pcpid/
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that President Barack Obama has signed into law Rosa’s Law, which will change references in federal law from “mental retardation” to “intellectual disability,” and references to a “mentally retarded individual” to an “individual with an intellectual disability.”

Race to the Top Competition Phase Two Grants
http://tinyurl.com/2b56hch
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that 10 applicants have won grants in the second phase of the Race to the Top education reform competition. The 10 winning Phase 2 applications in alphabetical order are from: the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Rhode Island. Duncan says she is “very hopeful there will be a Phase 3 of Race to the Top.”

Voters Want an Overhaul of Nation’s High Schools
http://www.all4ed.org/publication_material/July2010Poll
A new poll released by the Alliance for Excellent Education finds that improving the quality of public high schools through the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (in its current version, No Child Left Behind) is a voting issue for over 80% of voters. Those polled believe the nation’s public high schools urgently need improvement, more so than middle schools or elementary schools. Over half say that their decision to vote for a current elected official in the 2010 congressional elections will be affected if Congress takes no action to reform NCLB.

Delaware, Tennessee win grants in Race to the Top
http://www2.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2010/03/03292010.html
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that Delaware and Tennessee have won grants in the first phase of the Race to the Top competition.

16 Finalists Announced in Phase 1 of Race to the Top Competition
http://www2.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2010/03/03042010.html
The Department of Education announced that 15 states and the District of Columbia are finalists for Phase 1 of the Race to the Top competition, the Department's $4.35 billion effort to dramatically re-shape America's educational system to better engage and prepare students for success in a competitive 21st century economy and workplace. Colorado, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Tennessee were selected.

Department of Education Launches $650 Million Program to Spur Innovation in Schools
http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2009/10/10062009a.html
The U.S. Department of Education has announced the details of its $650 million Investing in Innovation Fund (i3), part of the $5 billion set aside for school reform in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The i3 fund will support local efforts to start or expand innovative research-based programs designed to help close the achievement gap and improve outcomes for students. Individual school districts or groups of districts can apply for the grants, while entrepreneurial nonprofits are encouraged to partner with districts. Those who receive funds will be required to match federal funds with public or private funds, and will also need to demonstrate how their programs will be sustainable after their federal grants are completed.

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