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All Educators, All Children, No Limits...

from CASE

Sometimes you work and plan and it just doesn't pay off and then sometimes you plan and work and you see great results! The CEC/CASE Special Education Legislative Summit was a huge success. I don't have the exact number of visits made by the 165+ participants from 42 states, but I can tell you a huge number of congressional offices heard your voice on Tuesday, July 14! If you want to see the MANY tweets that occurred in relation to the event you can see them at #SELS15 or on both the CASE website and the Summit Website. Some of the participants were able to sit in and hear some of the Senate debates on the amendments for the reauthorization of ESEA ... and just two days later the Senate passed their version. What amazing timing to be able to give the House the CEC and CASE ESEA information and encourage them to consider it during the conferencing process and to discuss with the Senators as they were debating their version! Now the key is to follow up! But not just for those who attended but for all of us! Even if you were not in D.C. with us, you still need to schedule time to interact with your legislative delegations during this summer and upcoming school year! As the banner we used for the group shot said: All Educators, All Children, No Limits! Mark your calendar now for next year, July 10-14 — don't miss out on the historic opportunity to make a difference!

Speaking of Taking Care of Business... Be sure you register before Aug. 1 to get the early bird discount for the CASE 26th Annual Fall conference: Continuing to Take Care of Business — go to the CASE homepage for both registration and hotel accommodations. Watch for more details as the dates get closer but don't wait too long to get this great price on the Early Bird registration and to get your hotel room at the Atlanta Hyatt Regency! Click here to reserve your hotel room and remember to use the code "case."

Want to further your own leadership skills? Don't forget to support your state or provincial unit during the summer months! Many of our units are having state conferences in the month of July. Your leaders work hard to provide you with the information and content you need to lead well! I will be heading to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to present on Leading by Convening: A Blue Print for Authentic Engagement for our NMCASE unit. Your state/provincial units are important but remember CASE gives you the broader perspective and influence! Encourage your colleagues to join CEC and CASE ... and if you aren't a member, why not? For more information on joining, go to the CEC Membership section.

Last Week's Poll asked, "In regards to district litigation in the area of special education in the last 10 years" and of those answering the poll, over half (52 percent) said they had seen a significant increase in litigation! Twenty nine percent said it had stayed the same while 14 percent said litigation had never been a problem. Some of you might want to move there for sure! The lowest response at just 5 percent was a decrease in litigation. It is clear, litigation is still a problem for our local districts!

Thanks for all you do all the time to make sure ALL students succeed!


Luann Purcell
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