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No we haven't moved the office but since both Robin and I are attending CEC and we are the office, I thought I would get your attention! I hope you will be joining us in Boston. We have lots of great CASE activities planned during the week. All CASE members are invited to attend the free, wonderful, full breakfast on Wednesday, April 19 sponsored by Stetson & Associates and Houghton Mifflin and Harcourt just before our annual member meeting. The meeting is always packed with information, opportunities to interact with your colleagues and discuss the major issues of the day! We will also be announcing the new CASE secretary for the 2017-2019 term as well as all the CASE award winners, sponsored by Master Teacher. Our afternoon break will be sponsored by Conover Company. The CASE Spotlight session with Julie Weatherly, Esq, sponsored by Lindamood-Bell is always a big hit. CASE Night, and other amazing opportunities ... CASE Night tickets went on sale Feb. 1 and have been selling at a clipped pace — don't miss out on this amazing night of great food, fun, and excitement at the New England Aquarium. The tickets are just $65 because of the amazing contribution our sponsors are making! Special thanks go to Star Autism, Education Modified, C-8 Sciences, and Winsor Learning!

And speaking Action at the CEC Convention... While attendees will be encouraged to go by the "temporary" LAC on the Exposition floor to send several letters to their congressional delegations, you can too! As an education advocate — as we all should be — you should make it a point to head over to the CEC Legislative Action Center every week and go to the TAKE ACTION button! At the end of December 2016, Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the federal government until April 28. The CR froze most government funding, including education, at 2016 levels with a 0.19 percent across the board cut to all programs.

In the next several weeks Congress will need to reach an agreement on spending levels for the remaining months of Fiscal Year 2017. Congress will only be in session for a little over a week between now and midnight on April 28, as they will soon be on spring recess. The Senate and House appropriations committee are planning to have a bill ready by the week of April 24. Just recently, the Trump Administration provided Congress a list of possible cuts to make in the Fiscal Year 2017 bills, including almost $3 billion of cuts to Department of Education programs including: Pell Grants, Supporting Effective Instruction (Title II) State Grants, Comprehensive Literary Development Grants, and Title IV Block Grants. These cuts would help to fund proposed increases for FY 2017 in the President's budget for defense programs, border security including the proposed wall on the U.S. - Mexico border and ISIS. It appears the appropriators have little or no appetite for consideration of drastic cuts to non-defense discretionary programs half way through the fiscal year. Let's hope that is true! So, what's next? The most likely scenario is Congress will pass another continuing resolution through Sept. 30 with limited additional defense spending and limited cuts to non-defense spending, maintaining most at the 2016 funding level.

Go to CEC's Legislative Action Center before April 28th to tell your member of Congress to invest in special and gifted education, early intervention and research programs.

Time is ticking away — Have you put in a proposal for the 2017 CASE Annual Conference yet? Kindel Mason (ID), CASE Professional Development chair and his committee have been working hard to get the call for proposals out! The call will last from now until April 24. The 27th Annual CASE more

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