During this debate, CEC believes amendments will be offered that will (1) exclude many students with disabilities from the accountability system, and (2) weaken qualifications for special education teachers. If enacted, these amendments will turn back the clock on progress that has been made on behalf of children with disabilities (read more). Urge your Senators to reject these proposals today by using CEC’s Legislative Action Center!
CEC has commended Senator Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Education Committee for putting forth his vision for the future of ESEA and has outlined areas of support and concern included in his legislation the Strengthening America’s Schools Act of 2013 such as supporting increased inclusion of students with disabilities, accurate information about student achievement, improved assessments, increased attention to equitable distribution of teachers; focus on gifted education, particularly for students from low income backgrounds; and emphasis on early learning. Areas of concern include over emphasis on teacher evaluation systems at the possible expense of investment in professional development; and allowing individuals to be considered highly qualified before they have completed an alternate route to certification program.
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