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Issue Date: Spring 2000

PFCEC EXECUTIVE BOARD DEVELOPS REVISED STRATEGIC PLAN

  As PFCEC looks forward to another century of supporting educators of children and youth with exceptionalities, the Executive Board examined where we have been and where we are going.  The strategic planning committee met in January 2000 to review the current strategic plan.  The status of each item was reviewed and discussions were held concerning the direction PFCEC should take.  

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CAN (CHILDREN'S ACTION NETWORK) REPORT

FAMILY OPPORTUNITY ACT OF 2000

On March 22, 2000, Senators Kennedy, Jeffords and Graffley held a press conference to present the Family Opportunity Act of 2000 (S. 2274), which was introduced the same day. The goal of this legislation is to help families with significant health care costs by removing the health care barriers that so often prevent families from staying together and staying employed.

GIFTED BILL IS INCORPORATED IN SENATE ESEA LANGUAGE

Senator Jim Jeffords (R-VT), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP), introduced S. 2, the "Educational Opportunities Act," which reauthorizes the ESEA, February 24, 2000. The Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act is found within Title III, Enrichment Initiatives, Part C of the Senate bill. It has been amended to include the basic language of S. 505.

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EXCEPTIONAL NEEDS SPECIALIST CERTIFICATION AVAILABLE TO SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS

Schools throughout the United States could soon be recognizing approximately 1000 special education teachers who are currently candidates for the new Exceptional Needs Specialist certificate offered by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). NBPTS was established in 1987 to develop high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. The NBPTS has created standards in more than 30 fields.

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THE EFFICACY OF SPECIAL EDUCATION

By Kenneth A. Kavale and Steven R. Forness

In THE EFFICACY OF SPECIAL EDUCATION, Kavale and Forness examined the research base in special education and related services to determine which techniques increase the functioning of the students. They examined the following special techniques used in special education:

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