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Posted: April 22, 2020 09:53 am

Federal Flash: Special Education Advocates Clash on IDEA Flexibility

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April 22, 2020 09:53 am
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As governors extend stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of COVID-19, thirty-four states and counting have mandated or recommended that schools remain closed for the rest of the school year, affecting 38.6 million children.

In today’s Federal Flash, we’ll discuss three coronavirus-related issues: funding for governors to support education, new legislation to close the homework gap, and the clash between special education administrators and advocates regarding waivers from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) during the pandemic. We’ll also cover the federal court decision vacating the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back Obama-era nutrition standards for school meals and the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED’s) proposal to give educators vouchers or stipends to choose their own professional development courses.

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coronavirus, Federal Flash, Special Education
Posted: April 07, 2020 10:05 pm

Federal Flash: Education Advocates’ Reactions, Concerns, and Questions about the CARES Act

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April 07, 2020 10:05 pm
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On this edition of the Federal Flash, we’re taking a deeper look at the funding and flexibility included in the stimulus bill passed by Congress and the steps the U.S. Department of Education (ED) is taking to implement it. But first, a quick reminder to check out all4ed.org/coronavirus, our online hub for resources related to the pandemic.

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coronavirus, Federal Flash
Posted: March 30, 2020 07:20 pm

Federal Flash: What Federal Policymakers Have Done to Help Schools Respond to Coronavirus

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March 30, 2020 07:20 pm
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Loyal viewers might notice that this Federal Flash, just like so many other aspects of daily life, looks a little different. With All4Ed staffers staying home like most Americans, we are committed to continue sharing the most critical education updates with you from our home offices, kitchen tables, and comfiest armchairs. We’ve also created a webpage for all of our coronavirus-related resources and information at all4ed.org/coronavirus.

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Posted: March 17, 2020 09:30 am

A Whole-School Approach to English Language Learner Achievement

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March 17, 2020 09:30 am
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English language learners (ELLs) have been in the margins for many years. Typically, they have been the responsibility of an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher or a few dual-language teachers. Yet, as schools now experience increased numbers of ELLs, and face accountability from the district and federal government for their performance, educators are looking for evidence-based solutions to support the academic achievement of ELL students. One solution that has been quite successful is the whole-school approach to ELL academic success.

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#OurChallengeOurHope, Brown vs. Board, English Language Learners, Equity, Teachers and School Leaders
Posted: February 20, 2020 02:39 pm

Equity and Innovation Meet in Edgecombe County to Reimagine Students’ Futures

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February 20, 2020 02:39 pm
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Where does my love for Edgecombe County (NC) Public Schools (ECPS) begin? Like our leaders who approach their jobs with head and heart, it is rooted in the dedication and commitment to “Futures Reimagined” for our scholars. Under the leadership of Superintendent Dr. Valerie H. Bridges, ECPS is committed to preparing scholars with the necessary tools to design their own futures, navigate change, and make the world a better place. Meanwhile, through its EQUITY VISION, the district is committed to making ECPS a place where opportunities are no longer predicted by social, cultural, or economic factors. One of many ways we achieve this goal is through a magical partnership of technology and innovation. 

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#OurChallengeOurHope, Equity, Students of Color
Posted: February 14, 2020 03:18 pm

Federal Flash: Trump’s 2021 Budget Deprives Historically Underserved Students of Crucial Resources

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February 14, 2020 03:18 pm
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Today’s Federal Flash explains the Trump/DeVos proposal to expand access to private schools while cutting public school funding by nearly $5 billion. We also highlight Congressional action in response to the Trump SNAP proposal that would could cut school lunches for nearly 1 million students, as well as new flexibility provided by Secretary DeVos to four states.

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Federal Flash
Posted: February 11, 2020 11:28 am

Navigating Literacy Development During Adolescence

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February 11, 2020 11:28 am
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What factors contribute to the development of literacy skills in adolescence?

On this episode of the Alliance for Excellent Education’s Critical Window podcast, Dr. Medha Tare breaks down what research on the science of adolescent learning says about the development of literacy skills during adolescence, and how educators can support this development.

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Adolescent Literacy, Literacy, Science of Adolescent Learning, Science of Adolescent Learning Show, Science of Learning
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