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A word from CASE Legislative Consultant Myrna Mandlawitz
CASE
This week I am giving my "space" to the CASE Legislative Consultant, Myrna Mandlawitz. This past week has been very busy in D.C. ... both the Senate and the House subcommittees have passed ESEA bills. They are both very different and there are still many steps to be taken but we must stay informed and be diligent! Myrna is one of the many resources CASE leadership uses to help keep our members informed, our advocacy decisions current, and our collective voice loud and clear! Myrna has a background in special education, law, and advocacy. She is currently the president of the Committee for Education Funding a respected coalition founded in 1969 with the goal of achieving adequate federal financial support for our nation's educational system. The coalition is voluntary, nonprofit and nonpartisan. CEF members include educational associations, institutions, agencies and organizations whose interests range from preschool to postgraduate education in both public and private systems. Myrna gives regular updates to our leadership, does an article in our quarterly Newsletters, and participates in many meetings in the D.C. area and on the Hill on behalf of CASE! Myrna also takes an active role in our July meeting — if you haven't been and haven't registered for this AMAZING professional development opportunity, there is still time! Click here for the agenda and other information and click here to register!

Below are the two articles she wrote on one of the current hot issues up on the Hill: ESEA Reauthorization — Senate Moves Forward on ESEA/House Committee Passes ESEA Bill.
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Senate Moves Forward on ESEA
Myrna Mandlawitz via CASE
On June 13 with a straight party line vote of 12-10, the Democratic majority of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee passed the Strengthening America's Schools Act ("SASA," S. 1094), a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA, currently known as No Child Left Behind). Education laws generally are reauthorized every five years. ESEA was scheduled for this intensive reexamination process in 2007. Efforts to reauthorize the law since that date have been stymied by philosophical party differences, in part related to what role the federal government should play in education policy.

It is important first to remind readers of the process of passing an ESEA reauthorization bill through Congress. The House Committee on Education and the Workforce will take up its majority bill, which differs significantly from the Senate HELP Committee version. The committee-passed bills each must be brought to the floor of the respective chambers for debate and passage, followed by convening of a conference committee to reconcile the differences between the Senate and House bills. After the conference committee produces a single compromise bill, each chamber must vote on that final bill and the resulting bill is sent to the president for signature or veto. In other words, passage of SASA by the Senate HELP Committee is just the first step in a long legislative process.

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House Committee Passes ESEA Bill
Myrna Mandlawitz via CASE
On June 19, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce passed its bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA, currently known as No Child Left Behind, NCLB). The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions passed its version the previous week. Since the House majority is Republican and the Senate is Democratic, the two bills look very different.

In his opening statement as the House Committee began consideration of the Student Success Act (H.R. 5), Chairman Kline (R-MN) stated that NCLB had left schools with "a mountain of red tape" and little room for innovation. He outlined four "pillars" on which H.R. 5 is based:(a) reducing the federal footprint in education; (b) restoring local control; (c) shifting the focus from "highly qualified teachers" to "highly effective teachers"; and (d) empowering parents.

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Advocacy = student success!
CASE
If you really want to make a difference, then you need to register now for the 11th Annual CASE Legislative Leadership Seminar, July 14-17. This annual seminar will reinforce the importance of one added to a strong voice. Last year 78 CASE members from 25 different states met with their senators and representatives to discuss the issues concerning students with disabilities. We need your voice. We will be at a different hotel this year — the Hilton Alexandria Old Town — just across the street from the King Street Metro Station. For more information and links to both the hotel and seminar registration, go to the CASE website.
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COLSD congratulates Sarah Taylor
COLSD
The Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities congratulates Sarah Taylor, a Georgia district administrator, and Greg Cossette, an Idaho teacher, who have each been randomly selected from a group of study participants to win a free iPad! The winners each took a survey as part of a Center study on the accessibility and use of online learning for students with disabilities in various districts across the nation. The Center thanks Greg and Sarah, as well as all the other participants, for their assistance in research for students with disabilities.

If you would like to be involved in next year's surveys, contact Paula Burdette at paula.burdette@nasdse.org, 703-519-1504. For more information about our center, go to www.centerononlinelearning.org.

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Not a member of CEC/CASE?
CASE
The CASE annual membership campaign will be June 10-July10! During these dates, and ONLY these dates, you can use this special membership form [link to the application form] to receive $10 off your CEC membership and CASE will send you the newest Lucky 21 (#6). Complete this application and mail CEC PO Box 79026, Baltimore, MD 21279-0026

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90-minute webinars that provide an overview of 2 recently released guides
CASE
On Thursday, June 27 and again on Friday, June 28, 2013, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students and its Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center will host 90-minute webinars that provide an overview of two recently released guides:
  • Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans; and
  • Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education.

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Job Posting


Let CASE post your job positions
CASE
CASE will be glad to post job positions each week — Please send to Luann Purcell, executive director by Tuesday of each week for posting the next week. It should be about a paragraph in length but you can attach a PDF document that interested persons can then click through to for more information or you can provide a URL link for the same purpose. Please indicate at what date the post should be pulled not to exceed 6 weeks.
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Positions
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Assistant Director of Special Education for Logansport Area Joint Special Services Cooperative, Logansport, Indiana
The LAJSSC Assistant Director works closely with the Director in the overall operation of the cooperative. Specific duties will include oversight of the school psychologists, OT & PT staff, and programs for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing & Visually Impaired. A minimum of five years of experience in the field of special education and current Director of Special Education license preferred. The Assistant Director position currently is a 220 day contract. Please go to http://www.lcsc.k12.in.us and click Employment under Quick Links to make application. A letter of interest may also be emailed to Thomas Adams, Director at adamtc@lcsc.k12.in.us.


CEC has initiated a search for an Executive Director to replace Dr. Bruce Ramirez who will retire on June 30, 2013. His long tenure of service to CEC has been greatly admired and appreciated, and we wish him all the best as he moves into the exciting next chapter of his life. CEC's growth as the voice and vision of special education is of major importance to all of us. To ensure our ability to lead the future of our profession, we engaged a recruitment consultant to help us identify the skills, credentials, experience and characteristics needed in our new Executive Director. Click Here for the Announcement (Exhibit A) and the Job Description (Exhibit B).


The Mico University College Child Assessment and Research in Education Centre, established since 1981 to meet the needs of children requiring special education in Jamaica and the English speaking Caribbean seeks School Psychologist, and Special Educators at the graduate or doctoral level. Candidates must be able to diagnose and apply prescriptive remediation for children with learning disabilities and behavioral disorders, should have strong leadership skills with the ability to organize, train and develop and guide a clinical team. Strong research and analytical skills are also required.

For further information you may email us at childassessmentpersonnel@cwjamaica.com.


The Association of University Centers on Disabilities, a national not-for-profit organization, seeks an executive director to lead and guide activities that fulfill its mission to advance policies and practices that improve the health, education, social and economic well-being of people with developmental and other disabilities, their families and their communities by supporting its members in research, education, health and service activities. AUCD is governed by a 19-member Board of Directors that includes professionals, individuals with disabilities and family members. It has an annual budget of approximately $5 million and employs a staff of 21. For additional detailed information, click here and visit www.aucd.org.


Special education postings for La Porte Community School Corporation (Indiana) include Special Education Teacher, Community Based Teacher, Psychologist, Special Education Diagnostician and HS teacher — in some instances, the posting will indicate the date for application is passed but these positions are still open — please contact Janet Kelly, So. La Porte County Special Education Co-op 219-324-3287.


Berkshire Hills Music Academy, a private post-secondary residential school for young adults with a love of music who have learning, cognitive or developmental disabilities, is seeking a new executive director. Located in South Hadley, Mass., the academy uses a strength-based, music-infused curriculum to promote gains in self-efficacy as well as to cultivate performing arts abilities. www.berkshirehills.org.

The executive director will lead the school, oversee staff and programs, and be responsible for fiscal health and fundraising. Requires experience working with individuals with disabilities, management and fundraising experience.

For more details, click here. Send cover, resume and salary history to Susan Egmont, Egmont Associates, segmont@egmontassociates.com.

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CEC Policy Insider


House education committee passes ESEA reauthorization on party line vote
CEC Policy Insider
the House education committee passed the Student Success Act (H.R. 5) legislation which would reauthorize ESEA. CEC opposed this bill because if enacted exclude many students with disabilities from the accountability system. While H.R. 5 eliminates two provisions which CEC supports removing — (adequate yearly progress and maintains disaggregating student achievement data so that we know how students with disabilities are performing) the list of concerns with the bill is long.
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Department announces new waivers to address teacher evaluation, testing
CEC Policy Insider
Education reforms are quickly taking hold in most states. Whether it is the implementation of the common core standards, new teacher evaluation systems, new assessments, growth of charter schools or the many other new initiatives underway — states and school districts are under pressure to make major changes ... and quickly!
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CEC opposes legislation to house proposal to overhaul ESEA; lacks protections for students with disabilities
CEC Policy Insider
The House Education and the Workforce Committee will consider the Student Success Act (H.R. 5), legislation which proposes dramatic changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind, introduced by Chairman John Kline, R-Minn., along with every republican on the Committee.
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Senate Education Committee passes overhaul of ESEA by partisan vote; CEC cited during debate
CEC Policy Insider
The Senate Education Committee voted to make significant changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, better known as No Child Left Behind. But, like so many issues considered now in Congress, this vote fell along party lines with all democrats voting for the bill and all republicans voting against it, making it difficult to see how the two sides will come together as the bill continues through the legislative process.
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Obama administration releases emergency guidelines for school districts
CEC Policy Insider
The Obama administration released comprehensive emergency guidelines on school safety for school districts. These guidelines were assembled from contributions by four federal agencies — The U.S. Departments of Homeland Security, Education, Justice and Health and Human Services. The plan was prompted by the Sandy Hook School Shooting, but features guidelines for preventing, protection and response for technological, human-caused, natural and biological threats to school safety.
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States seek flexibility during Common-test transition
Education Week
With the debut of common assessments less than two years away, states and districts are worried about the accountability systems that hinge on those tests.

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ADHD: How many children are misdiagnosed?
NBC Latino
A year ago, psychiatrist Leon Eisenberg, considered to be the "scientific father of ADHD," was quoted in a last interview before his death as saying that "ADHD is a prime example of a fictitious disease."

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Congress rewrites IDEA funding rule
Disability Scoop
A small change tucked inside a government spending bill may have big implications for special education. Lawmakers included language clarifying the penalties that states may face if they fail to adequately fund education programs for students with disabilities.

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Hot Topics


Genetics of dyslexia and language impairment unraveled, earlier diagnosis to come
Medical Daily
People affected by dyslexia often go undiagnosed until they're well into high school — living years without intervention and with stunted academic performance. The inability to recognize the order of words and letters within words is the hallmark of dyslexia, and prevents people from being able to read and write properly. Researchers have long suspected a genetic basis for dyslexia and that similar genetic issues may be responsible for impairments in language development and understanding. Dyslexia can affect anywhere from 5 to 10 percent of the population, although no solid studies have been done to determine the prevalence.
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A nation of kids with gadgets and ADHD
Mobiledia
Go to any family restaurant and you'll be surrounded by kids, ranging from toddlers to teens. Some are antsy, others are well-behaved, but a good number play on their phones and iPads. Oh, and 1-in-10 have ADHD. It's an epidemic. In the U.S., six million children have been diagnosed with ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It's become the most common childhood behavioral condition. In fact, over the past decade, the number of kids diagnosed with the disorder surged by over 50 percent. And in the last six years, that rate has jumped about 15 percent alone, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Can digital games boost students' test scores?
MindShift
In the past few years, educators have been closely watching the evolution of digital games used for learning. With a huge influx of products — whether they're individual apps for tablets or an entire suite of software — the market is already big and continues to grow, with entire game-based schools cropping up across the country. There's no question students are interested in digital games — 97 percent of kids play them — but what educators and industry watchers want to know is whether playing those games can actually improve student achievement.
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Legislation


No Child Left Behind bill passes Senate committee, but no end in sight for recasting Bush law
The Huffington Post
A lengthy overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act passed through a Senate education committee, with senators voting 10-12 along party lines. The "Strengthening America's Schools Act" is an over 1,000-page bill authored by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who chairs the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee. It rolls back some of the more stringent aspects of the No Child Left Behind Act, but keeps in place the requirement that states set and report performance targets for their students.
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Congress takes on school bullies with help from Hollywood, Kennedy family
U.S. News & World Report
Congress said it was ready to restart the fight against school bullies, re-launching its anti-bullying caucus with support from the Kennedy family, a Hollywood filmmaker and leaders of major teacher advocacy groups. Formed in 2012, the main goal of the caucus is to advocate for bills that target bullying, such as the Safe Schools Improvement Act, which would require all schools to create and enforce anti-bullying policies. The bill, still in committee, was endorsed by President Barack Obama last year. But Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif., who chairs the caucus, says he now believes legislation might not be the best answer.
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States seek flexibility during Common-test transition
Education Week
With the debut of common assessments less than two years away, states and districts are worried about the accountability systems that hinge on those tests. A growing chorus of policy groups is urging more flexibility in how states evaluate teachers, label schools and enforce other high-stakes consequences during what's likely to be a messy transition. Position papers from a range of organizations seek to stake out turf on the delicate question of how to postpone or temporarily ease some rules without abandoning accountability, at a time when the new, tougher assessments are projected to send test scores — at least at first — into a nose dive.
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In the News


Not all reading disabilities are dyslexia
Vanderbilt University
A common reading disorder goes undiagnosed until it becomes problematic, according to the results of five years of study by researchers at Vanderbilt's Peabody College of education and human development in collaboration with the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Results of the study were recently published online by the National Institutes of Health. Dyslexia, a reading disorder in which a child confuses letters and struggles with sounding out words, has been the focus of much reading research.
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Virtual learning for little ones raises developmental questions
Education Week
Given that the youngest schoolchildren are part of the touch-screen generation, the question of whether they're too wet behind the ears for online learning has shifted to a more complex concern: making sure the technology they're using in school is developmentally appropriate. In the Kyrene school district in Tempe, Ariz., which serves 18,000 students in kindergarten through 8th grade, educators first look at what they want students to learn, then decide which, and whether, technology can best help.
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Study: Math requirements not aligned with Common Core in many states
The Washington Post
In a new sign that schools are not ready to fully embrace the Common Core State Standards, a report concludes that the large majority of states that have adopted the Core have not adjusted their math high school graduation requirements to meet the standards. The report, issued by Change the Equation and the National School Boards Association's Center for Public Education and called "Out of Sync: Many Common Core states have yet to define a Common Core-worthy diploma," found that 10 states plus the District of Columbia — out of the 45 that adopted the Core — have yet to align their math sequences of courses and graduation requirements to standards.
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More special-ed kids head to traditional schools
San Jose Mercury News
Los Angeles Unified will shift hundreds of disabled students from special-education centers to traditional schools this fall as it accelerates efforts to integrate youngsters with physical and developmental handicaps. The initiative calls for merging four special-education centers with nearby traditional schools and reconfiguring others, with more changes planned in the years ahead. In addition, all preschoolers who might previously have been enrolled in special-ed centers will start their schooling at traditional campuses instead.
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UPCOMING EVENTS





Event       Location     Dates Notes

11th Annual CASE ELLS       Washington, D.C.     July 14-17 More information to come.

Fall Board of Directors Meeting       Indianapolis, Ind.     Sept 25-26 More information to come.

24th Annual CASE Conference       Indianapolis, Ind.     Sept 26-28 More information to come.



 

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