RISE Act Reintroduced in the House
You’ve already heard that the Respond, Innovate, Succeed, and Empower (RISE) Act was reintroduced in the Senate last month. This month, a companion bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The House bill is currently cosponsored by Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR-1), Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN-8), Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA-5), Rep. Kim Schrier (D-WA-8), and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-1). Learn more about the legislation here and tell your members of Congress to support it today!
NCLD and 12 National Partners Release Inclusive Technology Resources
We are excited to release a report — “Inclusive Technology in a 21st Century Learning System” — outlining new ways to think about education technology and equity. NCLD worked with 12 partner organizations to translate the report into a local primer and a state and federal primer to make clear how local, state, and national policy makers can play a role. These resources are designed to ensure that ed tech initiatives and products meet the needs of students with disabilities and other traditionally disadvantaged students from the beginning.
U.S. House of Representatives Passes Education Funding Measure
The House passed its Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) appropriations bill, which proposes increasing education funding for FY2020. The increased investment would go to support vital improvements to teaching and learning along the education continuum, including early childhood education, elementary and secondary education, career technical and adult education, higher education, and other educational services outside of classrooms, such as libraries and museums.
The bill heads to the Senate where it is speculated to be dead on arrival. Therefore, congressional leaders from both chambers will need to hash out the differences in their funding priorities through a conference committee in the next few months.
NCLD Joins With Other Disability Rights Organizations to Offer Recommendations on IDEA Study
Later this year, the U.S. Department of Education will be conducting an IDEA State and Local Implementation Study, which will include surveys that are sent to states, districts, and schools. As part of the federal process, the survey was available for public comment. NCLD (as a member of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Education Task Force) submitted comments in response. The group’s comments covered a wide variety of topics including: uncovering more details related to the evaluation process for students with learning disabilities; learning more about the types of professional development provided to educators; the transition process; and making sure the survey is publicly available once completed. Read the full comments here.
GAO Report Highlights Inaccuracies in Reporting on Restraint and Seclusion
A new U.S. Government Accountability Office report found that 70 percent of the more than 17,000 school districts in the U.S. reported zero incidents of restraint and zero incidents of seclusion. However, the GAO found that many school districts were either not collecting data on restraint and seclusion or are defining the discipline measures in narrow ways. Either way, the likely result is a massive underreporting of these harmful disciplinary practices. As part of NCLD’s advocacy efforts, we will continue to push members of Congress to make sure all students are able to learn in a safe and supportive environment and to pass important measures like the Keeping All Students Safe Act.
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