It is hard to believe 2012 is almost over! Looking back at the year, there were many different ingredients that made a difference in the grand recipe of policy success for students with learning disabilities. We work hard in Washington, DC to protect the rights of students with learning disabilities and to keep you posted on what is happening on the hill. Here’s a quick review of 2012 highlights!
February NCLD led a group visit to Capitol Hill during an ESEA hearing to tell Congress not to harm our kids. Staff, parents, and other organizations wore red shirts and blue buttons that stated our opposition to the House Republican ESEA bills because there would be no accountability for students with disabilities and they would be taken off track from earning a regular high school diploma.
The Department of Education granted 35 states waivers because Congress did not reauthorize ESEA (currently known as No Child Left Behind). These were granted in return for states’ agreement to implement state-designed reforms.
March NCLD launched a campaign to support the ABLE Act which allows children and adults with disabilities to accrue tax-free savings without risking the loss of other vital government benefits.
April The Congressional dyslexia caucus was formed by Representatives Pete Stark (D-CA) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) to work across party lines to educate members and the public about dyslexia.
NCLD led efforts to ensure that the federal investment in new “common core” assessments are based on the latest research and best practice.
September On September 28, 2012, NCLD co-sponsored the National Forum on Disability Issues. It is the only forum that invites Presidential candidates to discuss disability issues with the disability community.
The terms “sequestration” and “fiscal cliff” lead daily news stories and will continue to be prevalent until the budget crisis is resolved. Congress must make important decisions on cuts to federal spending. Let Congress know: Don’t Cut our Kids’ Education!
February 6, 2013 -- Digital Learning Day • NCLD to partner with the Alliance for Excellent Education on a webinar about digital learning. Stay tuned to learn how you can join in for this day!
February 2013 -- Webinar on 113th Congress Priorities • Join NCLD’s event to find out what may impact you and your child with a learning disability.
March 2013 -- Roundtable on Common Core Standards and Students with Disabilities • NCLD to discuss with experts and thought leaders what the common core standards mean for students with learning disabilities.
Early Summer 2013 -- Parent Conference, Washington, DC. • More details coming soon!
We look forward to working with you in the coming year!