Action Alert

Dear HECSE Members: As you know, Congress is finalizing a third COVID-19 response package.  A part of that package, introduced by Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY), includes authority for the Secretary of Education to recommend waivers to IDEA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act which [...]

Action Alert2020-03-23T13:54:07+00:00

Least Restrictive Environment: A Requirement Under IDEA

Statement of Principles from the Education Task Force of the Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and [...]

Least Restrictive Environment: A Requirement Under IDEA2019-07-26T09:15:44+00:00

Message from the President

 As always, this date marks departures from and additions to the HECSE leadership board. We welcome Pam Williamson as the new secretary. I’m grateful to Pam for joining the Board and taking on this important role. Like many of us in this field, we’ve known each [...]

Message from the President2019-07-10T13:39:48+00:00

Washington, D.C. Update – May 17

Today marks the 65th Anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court landmark decision that established the principle that separate is not equal.  How far have we come?  Much to contemplate here. You will see below that a House education panel spoke loud and [...]

Washington, D.C. Update – May 172019-05-21T14:26:55+00:00

Washington DC Update – May 10

Dear Colleagues:I’m downright excited to have some GREAT news to report from Washington!  Some of our leaders want to increase the federal INVESTMENT in public education!  Hallelujah.  House Moves Expansive Education Funding Bill through 8 Hour Marathon Mark up This week Chair of the House [...]

Washington DC Update – May 102019-05-13T08:57:25+00:00

HECSE Applauds Funding Increases to Prepare New Educators and Expand Research

(May 7, 2019, Washington D.C.) – The Higher Education Consortium for Special Education (HECSE) is pleased that the House Subcommittee on Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations FY 2020 draft bill provides badly needed increases for programs that address the shortage of special education personnel and special education research.    [...]

HECSE Applauds Funding Increases to Prepare New Educators and Expand Research2019-05-08T14:16:16+00:00

Washington, DC Update – April 15

Dear Colleagues: Congress was busy this week trying to wrap a few things up as they enter an extended recess period.  With the timeline for the election pressing, the momentum will continue.  Remember the first Democratic presidential candidate debate is in June -- just two months [...]

Washington, DC Update – April 152019-04-18T10:59:28+00:00

Washington DC Update – April 5, 2019

House Democrats Adopt Proposal to Raise Budget Caps for FY 2020 Opening the Door for Appropriations Bills to Move In order for the Congress to move funding bills forward, the budget caps need to be raised.  Without raising those caps, both defense and non-defense spending [...]

Washington DC Update – April 5, 20192019-04-08T11:37:00+00:00

Washington, D.C. Update – March 19, 2019

Dear Colleagues: Happy Spring.  Yesterday it hit 74 degrees in DC and that is not from all the hot air surrounding the Capitol and the White House!  There is no turning back for my daffodils.  The President’s FY 2020 budget proposal is out and so a [...]

Washington, D.C. Update – March 19, 20192019-03-21T10:08:03+00:00

Washington Update – March 1, 2019

Dear Colleagues: Happy March!  I hope that means spring is around the corner. Even today’s sprinkling of snow can’t stop my daffodils, which are peeking up eagerly.  I’m ready; how about you? Yes, there was more that went on in DC this week beyond the Michael [...]

Washington Update – March 1, 20192019-03-01T13:01:07+00:00
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