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Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

I have a friend who said she can tell teachers from the general population because they always dress "appropriately" on holidays! Do you have on green today? Some things never change!

Have you made your plans to attend CEC and all of the CASE events! Make sure your plans include you arriving so you can attend the CASE member/board meeting on Wednesday, April 9. We will begin with a great, full breakfast buffet, sponsored by eSped at 7:30-8:30 and then the meeting starting at 8:30 and going until about 4:00. Awards will be sponsored by Stetson & Associates. We always have an awesome break in the afternoon and this year it is sponsored by Scholastic, Inc. During the annual member meeting we will be having an update on policy issues by the CEC Policy and Advocacy unit, hearing about the upcoming membership changes from the CEC Membership unit, hearing the results of the CASE election, and providing input to the CASE leadership on the upcoming projects and possible projects. Once again, this year our Showcase session will be on Thursday morning and will be Julie Weather, Esq with her great legal update! The Showcase will be sponsored by Scholastic, Inc. If you have attended this session in the past, you know we always run out of room. I don't think we will this year — CEC has scheduled us in a great lecture hall that seats 600 people so invite everyone to come hear this great speaker. Her handout alone will be worth the effort! CASE Night, co-sponsored by C8Science and Star Autism Support, is going to be a great event as always this year! Just think, heading out to the ballpark with 174 of your colleagues on Thursday, April 10 for food and a great ballgame! We will have appetizers, dinner, cash bar and lots of fun at a pregame tent party at the Citizens' Bank Park and then we will be sitting together for the Phillies vs. Brewers game! Click here for the flyer and click here to purchase your tickets! CASE Night sells out almost every year ... don't delay on getting your ticket! Did you know that CASE has been presenting a great session for the last 5 years on What Every Aspiring SPED ADMIN Needs to Know at the CEC Convention? Goal 3 of the CASE strategic plan states, "CASE will be active in the development and mentorship of special education administrators. The CASE leadership realized that what better opportunity to "expose" teachers to the joys and "how to" of the special education administration career ladder than at the CEC convention. So, if you have teachers attending CEC who would benefit from this great session, please encourage them to attend and if you are available at that time (Friday, April 11 10:30-11:30 room 204C in the convention center) come join us. It is always a well attended, exciting session filled with encouragement as we see ourselves as we were a "few" years ago! Lots of exciting things going on at CEC — See you in Philadelphia!

Call to Action: Help CEC Advocate for Increased Special/Gifted Education Funding. [Special from CEC Policy and Advocacy Unit] If we have learned anything from observing Congress over the last few years, we know to anticipate major debates about how much federal funding should be invested in education programs. Just last year, communities across the nation were hit hard by sequestration — the 5 percent cut to all federal programs which slashed over $600 million from special education programs alone. Then this year, after major uproar ensued, thanks to advocates like you, we saw Congress reverse many of these cuts.

But now, we are again preparing to debate why it's important to invest in special/gifted education programs, and we need your help! In early March, President Obama set forth his budget for the Fiscal Year 2015, proposing to largely level fund special education programs. more

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