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June 2014 E-News


Announcements

The latest news and information from around the country.


Legislative Announcements

 

U.S. Department of Education’s Guidance Letter on Charter Schools’ Legal Obligations to Individuals With Disabilities

http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2014/05/15/feds-warn-charters-special/19368/
The U.S. Department of Education issued a guidance letter in May 2014 outlining charter schools’ legal obligations to individuals with disabilities, regardless of whether the schools receive federal funding. Included in the letter are reminders that students with disabilities cannot be discriminated against in admissions and disciplinary actions; and that parents with disabilities must be accommodated, e.g., with sign-language interpreters or Braille materials, when communicating with the school.

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The Resource Zone


Other National Resources

 

A Comprehensive Approach to Transition  (April 2014)
Report

http://www.aucd.org/template/news.cfm?news_id=9955&id=17
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) has issued “A Comprehensive Approach to Transition,” a companion document to “A Collaborative Interagency, Interdisciplinary Approach to Transition for Adolescence to Adulthood.” The paper focuses on four ideas: Self-determination, or a student having a say in the important decisions of his/her own life, is at the heart of transition planning; everyone should understand the culture of the youth and his/her family when making and carrying out a transition plan; Everyone involved with the youth needs to work together; and Transition Planning should include all the perspectives and organizations that will affect the transitioning student.

 

Bridging the Gap: A Comparative Assessment of Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Practices with Transition-Age Youth  (April 2014) PDF document
Working Paper

http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/publications/PDFs/disability/DRC_Bridginggap_wp.pdf
Mathematica Policy Research’s Working Paper, “Bridging the Gap: A Comparative Assessment of Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Practices with Transition-Age Youth ,” analyzes the agency-level characteristics that promote positive employment outcomes for transition-age beneficiaries and finds that, compared to youth without disabilities, youth with disabilities face additional educational and vocational barriers when transitioning from school to work. State vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies are joint federal-state programs that are intended to help youth (ages 16 to 24) with disabilities overcome these barriers, and assist individuals eligible for rehabilitation services in attaining employment. Available in pdf (591 KB, 28 pp).

 

Explaining Differentials in Employment and Wages between Young Adults with and Without Disabilities  (April 2014) PDF document
Working Paper

http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/publications/PDFs/disability/explaining_differentials_wp.pdf
“Explaining Differentials in Employment and Wages between Young Adults with and Without Disabilities” estimates employment and offered wages of young adults with and without disabilities and finds new evidence that employment and wage offer gaps between adults with and without disabilities emerge early and are especially large for those with severe or mental limitations. The analysis used data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997. Available in pdf (487 KB, 40 pp).

 

Public High School Four-Year On-Time Graduation Rates and Event Dropout Rates: School Years 2010-11 and 2011-12  (April 2014)
Report

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2014391
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) at the Institute for Education Sciences, part of the U.S. Department of Education, has released “Public High School Four-Year On-Time Graduation Rates and Event Dropout Rates: School Years 2010-11 and 2011-12.” More students with disabilities graduated during the 2011-12 school year, according to recent data from the U.S. Department of Education. Still, data show about a 20% gap between those graduation rates and the rates of students without disabilities. The report showed 61% of students with disabilities graduated, compared with 80% of general-education peers.

 

The Condition of Education 2014  (May 2014)
Report

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2014083
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) at the Institute for Education Sciences, part of the U.S. Department of Education, has released “The Condition of Education 2014,” using the latest available data to summarize important developments and trends in education. The indicators on the status and condition of education represent a consensus of professional judgment on the most significant national measures of the condition and progress of education for which accurate data are available.

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What's Happening



Other National Events

 

Does Service System Collaboration Improve Student Outcomes in Transition?
Web-based Event
June 18, 2014
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Eastern)
http://tinyurl.com/p4gopum
The Center on Transition to Employment will present an informational webinar, “Does Service System Collaboration Improve Student Outcomes in Transition?,” exploring the effect of service system collaboration on student outcomes in a statewide transition demonstration project. Researchers will discuss the different approaches to defining and measuring service system collaboration, and the findings of a study assessing its impact on student vocational rehabilitation outcomes. Recommendations for inter-agency transition teams and directions for further study will be provided.

Check & Connect Comprehensive Implementation Training

July 9, 2014 - July 11, 2014
Training
Johnston, SC
http://checkandconnect.umn.edu/training_consultation/compimplementation_SC.html
Check & Connect (C&C), an evidence-based student engagement and dropout prevention intervention implemented in schools and community youth agencies nationally in the U.S. and abroad, helps schools, districts, and community agencies reduce truancy, dropout rates, and/or behavior referrals among K-12 students. C&C is easily integrated into existing universal interventions, such as PBIS and Early Warning Systems. This 2-day training for education administrators, lead staff, site coordinators, and mentors will provide skills and knowledge in how to start implementing C&C. Participants will gain an overview of C&C and its background; information on how to prepare their site to implement C&C; and the information, competencies, and skills needed to be an effective C&C mentor. Registration deadline: June 20, 2014.

Check & Connect Comprehensive Implementation Training

August 14, 2014 - August 15, 2014
Training
St. Paul, MN
http://checkandconnect.umn.edu/training_consultation/compimplementation_MN.html
Check & Connect (C&C), an evidence-based student engagement and dropout prevention intervention implemented in schools and community youth agencies nationally in the U.S. and abroad, helps schools, districts, and community agencies reduce truancy, dropout rates, and/or behavior referrals among K-12 students. C&C is easily integrated into existing universal interventions, such as PBIS and Early Warning Systems. This 2-day training for education administrators, lead staff, site coordinators, and mentors will provide skills and knowledge in how to start implementing C&C. Participants will gain an overview of C&C and its background; information on how to prepare their site to implement C&C; and the information, competencies, and skills needed to be an effective C&C mentor. Registration deadline: July 25, 2014. ^ Top of Page ^


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Funding Forecast


Federal Grant Opportunities

 

Forecast of Funding Opportunities under the Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs for Fiscal Year 2013-2014

http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/find/edlite-forecast.html
This document lists virtually all programs and competitions under which the U.S. Department of Education has invited or expects to invite applications for new awards for fiscal year 2013-2014 and provides actual or estimated deadlines for the transmittal of applications under these programs. The lists are in the form of charts organized according to the Department’s principal program offices and include programs and competitions previously announced as well as those to be announced at a later date.

 

FY 2013-2014 Discretionary Grant Application Packages

http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/grantapps/index.html
This site, from the Department of Education, provides information on grant competitions that are currently open.

 

U.S. Department of Labor Announces $15M in Grants through Disability Employment Initiative

http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/odep/ODEP20140834.htm
In the fifth round of funding through the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI), the U.S. Department of Labor has announced $15M in grants to state workforce agencies to develop flexible and innovative strategies to increase the participation of people with disabilities in existing career pathways programs in the public workforce system. This round will build upon previous successes to ensure that people with disabilities can access the system of American Job Centers (AJCs) nationwide. At least one grant will be awarded to each of the three focus areas: adults with disabilities (18+), youth with disabilities (14-24), and people with significant disabilities (14+). The deadline to apply is July 8, 2014.


Additional Funding and Award Opportunities

 

Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation Invites Applications for Music Donation Program

http://www.mhopus.org/Apply
Through its Keeping Music Alive program, the foundation will donate musical instruments to music programs that serve low-income communities and have little or no budget for musical instruments. Priority is given to programs serving the most students within a school population. Public, private, and charter schools are invited to apply; however, schools must be eligible for funds under Title 1 and/or serve a population where at least 50% of the students qualify for the National Lunch Program. Schools also must have an established instrumental music program (concert band, marching band, jazz band, and/or orchestra) that takes place during the regular school day and is at least three years old. Schools that offer Orff/classroom music only are not eligible to apply. Deadline for Pre-Qualification: August 1, 2014.

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