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- Funding Forecast: Federal and other grant opportunities, as well as funding resources.
The latest news and information from around the country.
Feedback to OSEP on Proposed Approach for Including Results Data in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C Determinations Process
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) sought feedback on a proposed approach for including results data in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C determinations process. At the request of OSEP, the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) developed a proposal for using results-driven data for an accountability framework to review states’ performance results for children who receive early intervention services. The feedback received has been posted on OSERS’ blog.
U.S. Education Department Reaches Agreement with Youngstown State University to Ensure Equal Access to its Websites for Individuals with Disabilities
The U.S. Department of Education announced in December that its Office for Civil Rights has entered into an agreement with Youngstown State University in Ohio to ensure that the school’s websites comply with federal civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Youngstown State’s websites were not readily accessible to persons with disabilities, and the university was not fully in compliance with the regulatory requirements regarding the publication of a notice of nondiscrimination in relevant documents. The agreement ends an OCR investigation and commits the 13,000-student public institution in northeast Ohio to providing equal access to educational opportunities for students with disabilities and to ensuring that the school’s websites are accessible to persons with disabilities, including students, prospective students, employees and visitors.
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The Resource Zone
Other National Resources
Guidance Package on Providing Quality Education Services to America’s Confined Youth Announced
Secretary Duncan and Attorney General Holder have released a “Dear Colleague Letter” on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for Students with Disabilities in Correctional Facilities from ED’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services clarifying State and public agency obligations under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to ensure the provision of a free and appropriate public education to eligible students with disabilities in correctional facilities. The site provides to a Guidance package and information on providing education to youth in juvenile justice facilities.
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Other National Events
Check & Connect Preparation and Implementation Training
June 11, 2015 - June 12, 2015
St. Paul, MN
A Check & Connect Preparation and Implementation Training will be held in St. Paul MN, June 11-12, 2015. This 2-day training provides education administrators and lead staff with a thorough overview of Check & Connect and its background and how to prepare their site for implementing Check & Connect.
Check & Connect first National Conference: 25 Years of Student Engagement 1990-2015
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October 7, 2015 - October 8, 2015
St. Paul, MN
Check & Connect’s first national conference will be held in Minneapolis, MN, October 7-8, 2015. It will bring together leading experts and practitioners from around the country to address the topic of student engagement among at-risk youth. Participants will include representatives from sites implementing Check & Connect’s evidence-based student engagement intervention model and professionals interested in learning more about student engagement in general and Check & Connect specifically. Participants will learn from experts in the field, share lessons learned, and gain tools for implementing Check & Connect with fidelity and sustaining their sites’ implementation to support at-risk students in reaching their goals and graduating high school. CEUs will be offered.
Federal Grant Opportunities
Forecast of Funding Opportunities under the Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs for Fiscal Year 2014-15
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 2014-15 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 2014-15 Discretionary Grant Application Packages
This site, from the Department of Education, provides information on grant competitions that are currently open.
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