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New Assistant Secretaries Joining U.S. Education Department
http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2009/10/10082009.html
October 8, 2009, the U.S. Department of Education announced the following individuals chosen by the Senate on Monday, Oct. 5, as assistant secretaries for the Department of Education: Brenda Dann-Messier, assistant secretary for vocational and adult education; and Alexa E. Posny, assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services.

White House Pledges $5 Billion to Encourage Innovations in Education
http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/news/story.jhtml?id=260300010
The Obama administration has committed $5 billion in federal funds for those state governments which support the administration’s ideas for reform within our nation’s schools. The money granted will be from the Race to the Top Fund included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed earlier this year. Grants from the from the fund will be used to encourage education reforms, with a focus on the development of tougher academic standards, more effective ways to recruit and keep teachers, tracking student performance, and developing plans of action for failing schools.

U.S. Labor Department announces “Expectation + Opportunity = Full Participation” as National Disability Employment Awareness Month Theme
http://www.dol.gov/odep/media/press/theme.htm
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced “Expectation + Opportunity = Full Participation” as the official theme for October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The theme urges employers, as they seek to fill positions, to embrace the richness of America's diversity by considering the talents of all workers, including workers with disabilities, and emphasizes the vision of the Labor Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP): a world in which people with disabilities have unlimited employment opportunities. Early selection of an annual theme for upcoming National Disability Employment Awareness Month helps the private sector; federal, state and local governments; and advocacy organizations plan events and programs that showcase the abilities and skills of job seekers and working Americans who have disabilities.

New Web site Launched After President Obama Signs the Serve America Act
http://serve.gov/
The Serve.gov Web site was launched with the signing of the Edward M. Kennedy National Service Act. The Web site aims to serve as a place for Americans to find ways to serve in their own communities.

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
http://www.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/statetables/recovery.html.
On February 17, 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) was signed by President Obama. Information on preliminary allocations for Department of Education programs is available.

U.S. President Barack Obama Reveals Comprehensive Plan for People with Disabilities
http://www.whitehouse.gov/agenda/disabilities/
On January 20th, 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama announced the new Administration's 4-part disability agenda: provide educational opportunities to Americans with disabilities; end discrimination and promote equal opportunity; increase the employment rate of workers with disabilities; and support independent, community-based living. The plan also has a statement on the Administration's vision for Autism support.

Job Accommodation Network
http://www.jan.wvu.edu/bulletins/adaaa1.htm
The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 became effective January 1, 2009. Although the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has not completed regulations for the new legislation, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy’s Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has developed a publication and a resource page regarding the Act. The new publication is JAN’s Accommodation and Compliance Series: The ADA Amendments Act of 2008. It will be periodically updated as additional information is made public.

U.S. Secretary Of Education Announces Guidance In Establishing Uniform High School Graduation Rate
http://www.ed.gov/policy/elsec/guid/hsgrguidance.pdf
U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings has announced the release of non-regulatory guidance to implement a uniform and accurate measure of the high school graduation rate that is comparable across States. The high school graduation rate non-regulatory guidance is available in pdf (38 pages, 577 KB).

Assistance to States for the Education of Children With Disabilities (Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education)
http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-28175.htm
Final regulations governing the Assistance to States for Education of Children with Disabilities Program and the Preschool Grants for Children with Disabilities Program in the areas of parental consent for continued special education and related services; non-attorney representation in due process hearings; State monitoring, technical assistance, and enforcement; and allocation of funds. The regulations also incorporate a statutory requirement relating to positive efforts to employ and advance in employment individuals with disabilities that was inadvertently omitted from the 2006 regulations.

FERPA Final Rule, U.S. Department of Education
http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/pdf/E8-28864.pdf
Final Family Educational Rights and Privacy (FERPA) regulations addressing the issues in last March’s proposed rule have been released. Available in pdf (51 pages, 296 KB).

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