Legislative Announcements Listed in Past Issues
CADRE Funded for Another 5 Years
CADRE, the Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education, has successfully won a new cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, which begins October 1, 2003 and will continue through September 30, 2008. Visit their Web site for more information about CADRE.
National Council on Disability Says Employment for People with Disabilities Remains Far Too Low
The National Council on Disability (NCD) released an excerpt from its annual report, National Disability Policy: A Progress Report (July 2003), which highlights a number of issues related to the challenges for advancing employment opportunities across the nation for people with disabilities. Congress is currently considering reauthorizing legislation for the Workforce Investment Act, including the Federal Rehabilitation Act. Any successful approach to employment for people with disabilities must ensure that our nation's mainstream labor force development and job placement system has the capacity and the motivation to serve people with disabilities on the same basis as everyone else, and must ensure the availability of specialized resources and technical expertise to assist and to supplement the work of the mainstream system. NCD recommends the reauthorization and includes provisions.
The US General Accounting Office Says Federal Actions Can Assist States in Improving Postsecondary Outcomes for Youth
This report from the US General Accounting Office (GAO) examines (1) the proportion of IDEA students completing high school with a diploma or alternative credentials, and their postsecondary status; (2) the transition problems being reported and state and local actions to address them; and (3) the types of transition services provided by the vocational rehabilitation, the Workforce Investment Act youth, and the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency programs, and the factors affecting participation of IDEA youth. The full report (66 pages) can be found on the GAO Web site in PDF format at http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-03-773. NCSET has prepared a brief excerpt of the GAO report that you may wish to share with your colleagues.
Budget Fact Sheets by State
President Bush's 2004 budget boosts education funding to $53.1 billion, the largest dollar increase of any domestic agency and an $11 billion increase since the President took office. This Web site offers highlights of what the President's education budget request means for each state.
Paige Announces $17 Million in Grants to Help States Develop Assessments under NCLB
U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige announced $17 million in new grants to fund projects that will help improve the quality of assessment instruments and systems used by states to measure the achievement of all students, especially students with disabilities and those with limited English proficiency, under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The grants are funded from the U.S. Department of Education's Fiscal Year 2002 budget.
Statement of Assistant Secretary Robert Pasternack on Vocational Rehabilitation State Grants
The Administration is requesting $2.7 billion for Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) State Grants to assist State VR agencies to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in meaningful, competitive, integrated employment. The request includes an increase in funding that satisfies the statutory requirement to increase funding by at least the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index.
President's Budget Request for Education Department
President Bush's budget request for fiscal year 2004 provides $53.1 billion for the U.S. Department of Education, an increase of $2.8 billion or 5.6% above his 2003 spending plan and the largest dollar increase of any domestic agency. View the archived web cast, budget summary, and more.
U.S. Department of Education Issues Final Regulations for No Child Left Behind ActPrevious 10 Results: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13
On November 26, 2002, U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige released final regulations for the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The draft regulations were published in the Federal Register on August 6, 2002, followed by a 30-day public comment period. The new law authorizes the Title I Program, a $10.4 billion federal education program that aims to close the achievement gap between disadvantaged children and their peers by supporting schools, in providing extra help to more than 14 million disadvantaged children.
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