Last night, the President set forth his plans for the coming year and topping the list was ensuring Congress passes a budget that eliminates the need for sequestration and keeps the government open. CEC has worked over the last year and half to educate Congress about what sequestration and more budget cuts will mean for special and gifted education. We were pleased to see such a primary focus placed on this issue and the need to ensure we don’t gut important investments.
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In terms of education, it is clear that the Administration is moving full speed ahead with plans to push for expansion of early childhood education. This is further evidenced by the fact that today, the President will visit an early childhood program in Georgia. Additionally, the WH also released The President’s Plan for a Strong Middle Class and a Strong America, last night which discusses early learning in more detail and builds upon the proposals the President addressed in his speech.
The President also addressed the need to support and enhance the work our schools are doing around mental health. He encouraged congress to support the initiatives he listed in his plan Now is the Time which would provide more resources for school based mental health services and supports.
CEC is pleased that the President reiterated his support for investment in education, mental health services and especially expanding early childhood education. CEC will work with the Administration and Congress to ensure that that any legislation fully includes and acknowledges children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents in any and all initiatives.