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It's Hurricane Season...

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School starts at about the time hurricane season starts. Have you ever thought about that? Perhaps because I live in the south and we are a bit more effected by hurricanes, it is more on my mind. You may not know that a hurricane in either the Atlantic or the gulf coast often "throws" tornadoes in the inland areas, i.e. Georgia. So what does this weather lesson have to do with school starting or CASE?

The old law of physics: every action creates a reaction is the connection! Congress has just returned from the August recess but instead of dealing with the budget or ESEA, they have to deal with Syria. With school now in, parents can focus on other issues — in some communities that means an election, in some places it will be finding jobs, and in some it will be on just making ends meet! But, no matter what, we have to remember every decision we make will most likely have intended and unintended consequences. No matter how much we "study" the situation, it is unlikely we will anticipate the reactions our actions will cause.

However, the more different voices that are heard on an issue the more prepared we will be. That is why CASE needs to hear "voices" from all of our units AND all of our members who are not in states and provinces where we have a subdivision. CASE is so committed to hear these voices that if a subdivision completes their annual report, CASE will pay for the airline ticket and one night of the hotel so every subdivision can be represented at the annual CASE board of directors meeting always held just prior to the annual meeting. But what about members? This year at the annual conference, every breakout session will have a CASE Cracker Barrel session, designed to solicit CASE member input on such critical issues as:
  • Beyond High School — School-to-work / Career Ready / Transition Issues
  • Parents and Directors: A Working Partnership in Progress!
  • Whose Agenda? Whose Benefit? Special education vouchers/scholarships
  • Educator Effectiveness
  • When oh When!? IDEA reauthorization issues
  • Ready or Not — Common Core and special education!
  • State assessments (SMARTER Balance, PARC, Dynamic Learning Maps)
  • Money, Money, Money: Maintenance of Effort / Sequestration / Budget issues
So, make sure your state/provincial unit will be represented at the BOD meeting and if you haven't already made plans to attend the 24th annual conference Sept. 26-28 in Indianapolis, Ind., it isn't too late. Then you can speak up on this issues in the cracker barrel sessions! Your action will produce additional reactions.


Luann Purcell
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