Looking Back on an August with NCSECS

NCSECS on the Road
Our recently expanded NCSECS team came together in early August for their staff retreat in Grafton, VT. We spent our time reflecting on lessons learned from our past year, as well as setting goals and priorities for the upcoming year. We look forward to collaborating with our partners as we address challenging and important issues related to supporting students with diverse learning needs in the charter sector.

NCSECS Resources and Publications
NCSECS wrote a letter urging the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary to clarify Supreme Court nominee Judge Kavanaugh’s history with and views on the importance of civil rights protecting individuals with disabilities under the law.

NCSECS wrote a letter to the US Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement regarding its CMO grant priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria.

NCSECS released a statement urging California's Governor Brown to sign legislation that would prohibit for-profit corporations from managing and operating charter schools. 

Executive Director Lauren Morando Rhim and Program Specialist Stephanie Lancet wrote an article for the Advocate about how New Orleans can extend and expand innovation in educating students with disabilities post district reunification.

Senior Fellow Paul O'Neill and Stephanie Lancet wrote an article for Education Dive about discipline policies - like those of Success Academy in question - that illegally punish and exclude students with disabilities.

Special Education News

The National Center for Learning Disabilities released a statement with key questions for the Senate to ask Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings.

Idaho will implement a new, web-based system to create Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for students with disabilities to increase efficiency in the IEP process and decrease redundancy in paperwork and meetings, allowing teachers more time to focus on educating.

Attorney generals from 11 states urged Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos not to rescind the Obama administration's school discipline guidance focused on protecting students' civil rights and addressing discriminatory practices.

Thank you for reading, and please join us in ongoing virtual conversations by following @NCSCES on Twitter and Instagram!

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