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Dear HECSE Members:We have some great news to report! You will recall that when you were in Washington for the HECSE Summit in January, Larry Wexler from OSEP reported that there would be no leadership competition this year.  In order to ensure that this would not [...]

HECSE Alert2020-08-03T09:01:46+00:00

Washington D.C. Update – July 31, 2020

Dear Colleagues: 1. Senate Republicans Reveal Proposal for Next COVID Relief Package – a Nonstarter for Democrats We end the week with the chasm between Democrats and Republicans looming as the clock ticks toward recess and campaigning, not to mention expiring unemployment benefits, expired eviction prohibitions and [...]

Washington D.C. Update – July 31, 20202020-09-03T20:16:19+00:00

Washington D.C. Update – July 17, 2020

Dear Colleagues:  With education in the middle of the debate over the next COVID relief bill, the next two weeks are guaranteed to be action packed!  1. House Committee Moves Education Funding Bill towards a Floor Vote This week the House continued to move forward on [...]

Washington D.C. Update – July 17, 20202020-07-17T11:42:23+00:00

Washington D.C. Update – June 12, 2020

Washington Update June 12, 2020As the nation continues to roil with protests against racial injustice, threats from the COVID-19 epidemic and a faltering economy, Congress tries to move along, trailing behind the public and seeming less and less relevant – polarized by politics and positioning [...]

Washington D.C. Update – June 12, 20202020-06-23T08:21:19+00:00

Washington D.C. Update – June 5, 2020

Dear Colleagues:This has been a traumatic week in our nation coming face to face with the rampant and violent racism we all must confront and change.   I am working on a blog to share about my thoughts and my actions, and that will come soon.  [...]

Washington D.C. Update – June 5, 20202020-06-08T13:02:30+00:00

Washington D.C. Update – May 22, 2020

Dear Colleagues: Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  I hope you have some sort of special activity in store for your weekend.  I’ll be having a socially distanced get together with friends on my back deck and enjoying every moment of it. Congress is on their Memorial Day [...]

Washington D.C. Update – May 22, 20202020-05-28T15:58:07+00:00

Washington D.C. Update – May 15, 2020

Dear Colleagues: Welcome to the Ides of May.  We remain in a swirl of uncertainty writ large, but in particular for education.  California State University – the largest system in the country -- this week announced the fall semester will be fully online; at the other [...]

Washington D.C. Update – May 15, 20202020-05-28T15:51:34+00:00

Washington D.C. Update – May 1, 2020

Dear Colleagues: I’ll be virtually celebrating the wedding that didn’t happen tomorrow with my son, his fiancé, family and friends.  It won’t be the same, and though we are all little overexposed to zoom, I am grateful that we have it as an option. Welcome to [...]

Washington D.C. Update – May 1, 20202020-05-06T10:28:41+00:00

Update on IDEA Waiver

Dear HECSE Members: As you will recall, the CARES Act requires Sec. DeVos to send a report to Congress with recommendations for waivers to IDEA and other federal education laws during the pandemic.  She delivered that report on Monday April 27.  You can read it here:  https://www2.ed.gov/documents/coronavirus/cares-waiver-report.pdf I [...]

Update on IDEA Waiver2020-04-29T10:31:01+00:00

Washington D.C. Update – April 24, 2020

Dear Colleagues:Thanks so much to all of you who reached out to me about my son and his fiancé’s COVID-19 infection. I’m pleased to report that they have gotten clearance to re-emerge and appear to be on the other side of their illnesses.  For now, [...]

Washington D.C. Update – April 24, 20202020-04-27T12:58:23+00:00
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