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Article Claims Special Education Getting Increasing Share of School Budgets

An Associated Press article recently reported on a study which points out that Special Education programs are getting an increasing share of school budgets. While this may be true, this editor takes exception to certain inferences made in the article. Click here to read the text of the article and this editor's remarks.


Share Your Special Education Success Stories

As a special educator, every day you see students with disabilities succeed. Sometimes their steps are baby-steps, sometimes only half a baby-step. But with persistence and courage, they keep pushing. And one day, the determination pays off!

Do you know of a student who has achieved success? While we may see them and celebrate them with our students, unfortunately not enough other people know about them. It is time to start sharing the wonderful news about our students with everyone!

CEC has issued a call for success stories to share with the world to emphasize the positive impact special education has for our students. For more information, or for guidelines on what to include, check the June 1997 issue of CEC Today, or contact Doug Fuchs at 615-343-4782 or <[email protected]>.


Special Education Expenditures Are Reasonable and Justified - CEC Strongly Objects to 60 Minutes Report

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is disappointed by Leslie Stahl's story, "Special Education", which aired June 9 on CBS's 60 Minutes. Ms. Stahl's report on the costs of special education was misleading and distorted...Click here for complete text of report.

...And Even More from the New York Times

Robert Sternberg of the New York Times attacks Learning Disabilities, and Bob Reid from the University of Nebraska shoots back. Click here to read more.


Guide to Disability Rights Laws

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has published a brief (14 page) Guide to Disability Rights Laws. It provides general overviews and names and addresses of contacts for information on: The Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Housing Act, Air Carrier Access Act, Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, IDEA, Rehabilitation Act, and Architectural Barriers Act. This is one of many free DOJ products that can be ordered by calling 800-514-0301. The Guide is reproducible and can also be read or downloaded from <http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/publicat.htm>.


U.S. Dept. of Education Report on IDEA Issued

The Department of Education's 18th Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the IDEA is now available from the Department. It can be ordered by calling 800-USA-LEARN. The entire report is available on the Department's Website at <http://www.ed.gov/pubs/OSEP96AnlRpt/>.


U.S. DOE Develops Parent Brochures

More than two dozen brochures for parents developed by the Department of Education aim to help answer questions on topics as diverse as safe schools, performance assessment, homework, standardized testing, giftedness, disabilities, preschool, and more.

These brochures are available on the "Parent Brochures" homepage at the ACCESS ERIC web site at <http://www.aspensys.com/eric/parent.html>. Paper copies may be ordered by calling 800-LET-ERIC; by writing to ACCESS ERIC, 1600 Research Blvd.-MS 5F, Rockville, MD, 20850-3172; or by sending e-mail to <[email protected]>.


Education Research Agenda for the 21st Century

In mid-December the Department of Education issued an agenda for supporting the development of knowledge about improving teaching and learning in the nation's schools. Building Knowledge for a Nation of Learners marks the Department's "first attempt to develop a single comprehensive vision of the nation's future needs for knowledge about education, and to set clear priorities for educational research geared to meeting those needs."

The needs of exceptional children are mentioned (explicitly or implicitly) several times in the research agenda.

Building Knowledge for a Nation of Learners can be accessed electronically at <http://www.ed.gov/offices/OERI/RschPriority/plan/>.


Fedix Opportunity Alerts

Fedix Opportunity Alert is a free service that notifies subscribers (via e-mail) of federal funding and research opportunities based on each subscriber's interests. For additional information or to register with Fedix Opportunity Alert, see <http://web.fie.com>.


Low-Cost Refurbished Computers Available for Individuals with Disabilities

DRAGnet RE*PC now has used personal computers (and parts) available on a recycling cost-recovery basis to children and adults with disabilities and those considered "at-risk" of dependency on social welfare for their long-term survival.

These refurbished computers are ideal for education, job-skills and vocational training, and independent living needs. Personal computers of all types are available and are placed on as first-come, first-served basis (specific configurations are subject to availability).

People needing computers qualify if they are 1) disabled, 2) supporting or care-giving someone with a disability, or 3) currently receiving some form of public assistance and will use the computer for education, job-training, or employment purposes. If you or someone you know fits into one or more of these categories, call Chris at 612-378-9796 for additional information. You may also write to DRAGnet, 840 12th Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55413-1537, or FAX 612-378-9794.


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