Issue Date: Winter 2000
PFCEC President Ron Miros greets all with a message for the millenium.
I hope that your millennium celebration was satisfying and safe and that your new year will be both productive and fulfilling.
We should enter this new year, new century and new millennium with pride. Through all of our efforts the fieldof special education has advanced greatly since the enactment of P.L. 94-142 in 1975. In just one quarter of a century, special education students have been given the opportunity to reach their potential without being stymied by discriminatory actions or lack of sufficient funding to pay for appropriate programming and related services. Those receiving services today owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to those who pioneered the first "Education of All Handicapped Children's Act" and, those who fought for the progressive revisions of the original law, the most recent being the 1997 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
CAN (CHILDREN'S ACTION NETWORK) REPORT
CEC RECOMMENDS FUNDING FIGURES TO THE WHITE HOUSE
In December 1999, CEC was asked by the White House to recommend funding figures for IDEA programs and the Javits Gifted and Talented Program for FY 2001. Following are excerpts of what was contained in the letter CEC sent to the current Administration for funding recommendations. If you are interested in obtaining of copy of the complete letter, please email me at [email protected]
1999 PFCEC Awards
PFCEC recognized several individuals at the 1999 Conference with annual awards. Who received them?
IDEA SUCCESS STORY
Caleb Kostenbauder is currently in his junior year at Eastern York High School in Wrightsville, PA. Caleb is a student with Learning Support as well as Physical Support needs. He receives replacement academic services for English, Social Studies and Math and general support from the Learning Support Teachers in any area needed. Caleb completed the AG Mechanics class with his regular education peers last year and is currently taking Wood I this school year. In the AG Mechanics class, Caleb learned to arc weld, a process of joining metal by heating it with an electrical arc. To do this an electrode must be held 1/8 inch away from the metal to be joined. Electricity travels through the air gap between the electrode and metal, creating heat which melts the electrode and the metal being welded. The welder must move the joint being welded and simultaneously move closer to the metal as the electrode becomes shorter. The process produces sparks and a bright light.
PARENTS OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN IUP'S TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS
A panel of 35 parents has become an integral component of teacher education programs at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Through the initial efforts of the Parent Information Project, originally funded in 1990, parents of children and youth with disabilities have been able to access information about their children's disabilities, procedural safeguards, special education jargon and, most importantly, support and encouragement to help them work more effectively with their school districts to get the best possible services for their children. Before 1995, at the invitation of a handful of professors, parents occasionally visited college classrooms to discuss their child, family, perceptions of schooling practices and how special education has an impact on their role as parents. Since 1995, however, parents have become an integral part of teacher education programs throughout the college.
THE ORGAN GRINDER'S STORY
In the dark recess of the hallway,
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