The Advocacy Institute

The Advocacy Institute

The Advocacy Institute is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to the development of products, projects and services that work to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Projects include the Advocate Academy,a Webinar service designed to meet the training needs of special education advocates nationwide by providing on-going training and professional development, Advocacy in Action, providing key findings from important research in special education, Our Kids Count, a project focused on preserving key requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) in the upcoming reauthorization of the Act, and IDEA Money Watch, tracking the use of more than $11 billion to support special education services for the nation's students with disabilities (IDEA Part B), as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) passed in February 2009.

[03/11/20]   The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) National Summit on Improving Effective Personnel for Children with Disabilities has been postponed. Stay tuned for new date.

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Study questions educational benefits of labeling kids with mild forms of ADHD

Not every impediment needs to be labeled a disability. Labeling kids with mild disabilities can backfire, study finds. https://hechingerreport.org/study-questions-educational-benefits-of-labeling-kids-with-mild-forms-of-adhd/?utm_source=The+Hechinger+Report&utm_campaign=dd07146983-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_weekly_2020_03_10&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d3ee4c3e04-dd07146983-322608165

hechingerreport.org A new study found that children who have mild ADHD often end up worse off in school if diagnosed with the condition than undiagnosed children.

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OSEP Fast Facts - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

The Office of Special Education Program (OSEP) has launched "Fast Facts" which summarize key facts related to specific aspects of the data collection authorized by Section 618 of the IDEA. The first one looks at children identified w/ Autism in each state. https://sites.ed.gov/idea/osep-fast-facts/

sites.ed.gov The Office of Special Education Program’s Fast Facts summarizes key facts related to specific aspects of the data collection authorized by Section 618 of the IDEA. Data presented includes that collected through child count, educational environments, discipline and exiting data collections.

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Webinar: "Strategies for Setting High-Quality Academic Individualized Education Program Goals" February 20, 2020 from 3:00-4:00 pm ET presented by staff from NCII and the new PROGRESS Center. Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6674818836973511171

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A little talk at last night's debate re funding IDEA. Here's the gap

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Denied Again - Disability Rights Texas

Disability Rights Texas responds to reports of continued lack of compliance by TEA regarding special education. https://www.disabilityrightstx.org/en/video/denied-again/

disabilityrightstx.org Our response to breaking news about TEA and special education. Make sure you know your child’s special education rights by checking out our resources. Read all the details of the investigative reports by Houston Chronicle and Houston Public Media.... Continue reading Denied Again

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Advocacy Groups File U.S. Supreme Court Brief Warning That School Vouchers Harm Students with Disabilities - NDRN

We've joined with a coalition of advocacy and legal services organizations to file an amicus brief in the case of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue asking the Supreme Court to uphold the decision made by the Montana Supreme Court invalidating Montana’s private school tax-credit scholarship program as it is harmful to students with disabilities. https://www.ndrn.org/resource/advocacy-groups-file-u-s-supreme-court-brief-warning-that-school-vouchers-harm-students-with-disabilities/

ndrn.org WASHINGTON, DC – An amicus brief in the case of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue was filed asking the Court to uphold the decision made by the Montana Supreme Court invalidating Montana’s private school tax-credit scholarship program as it is harmful to students with disabilities.

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» Blog Archive » 2017 NAEP: Students with Disabilities Going Nowhere

Results of the 2019 NAEP Reading and Math assessments will be released Oct. 30th. We'll post the results for students w/ disabilities and hope for some improvements! See previous results at https://www.advocacyinstitute.org/blog/?p=781

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IDEA State Complaint Resource Center

We've got a new podcast with Maria Blaeuer of Advocates for Justice and Education (AJE), the Parent Training and Information Center for the District of Columbia, discussing AJE's successful IDEA state complaint against several DC public schools for violations of IDEA. Read the complaint and the state's investigation report and listen to the podcast at http://www.advocacyinstitute.org/iscrc/index.shtml

advocacyinstitute.org The IDEA State Complaint Resource Center provides information and resources to assist parents, advocates and attorneys in using the IDEA Written State Complaint process for advocacy. Get comprehensive information on the IDEA State Complaint process along with podcasts, webinars, and video presentati...

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How a flawed idea is teaching millions of kids to be poor readers

Just released: At a Loss for Words: How a flawed idea is teaching millions of kids to be poor readers by Emily Hanford https://www.apmreports.org/story/2019/08/22/whats-wrong-how-schools-teach-reading

apmreports.org For decades, schools have taught children the strategies of struggling readers, using a theory about reading that cognitive scientists have repeatedly debunked. And many teachers and parents don't know there's anything wrong with it.

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National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement

Upcoming Webinar: Educating & empowering families to navigate the special ed & community support systems. Aug 21, 3 PM ET. Info and registration at https://nafsce.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1263018

nafsce.org This session presented by Collaborative Action for Family Engagement (CAFE) and NAFSCE will provide information for schools and community organizations seeking to assist families who have children with disabilities navigate the support systems that are available to them.

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Coalition Advances Regulatory Ban on Prone Restraints in Va. Schools

Very pleased to share this good news out of Virginia! The Virginia Board of Education has passed regulations governing the use of seclusion and restraint in Virginia’s public schools which include a prohibition on prone (face-down) restraint. This didn't happen without several years of hard work by passionate advocates. Big thanks to them all! https://www.justice4all.org/2019/07/26/coalition-secures-regulatory-ban-on-prone-restraints-in-va-schools/

justice4all.org   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Rachael Deane Legal Director, JustChildren Program, Legal Aid Justice Center 804-873-0783 | [email protected] LAJC Applauds Virginia Board of Education Ban on Prone Restraints in Schools Richmond, Virginia (July...

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OSEP announces new grant opportunity for states to identify local, state and Federal IDEA Part B requirements that result in administrative burden and identify Federal IDEA Part B requirements for which states could seek a waiver.http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbXNpZD0mYXVpZD0mbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwNzEzLjgwMTA4NTEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwNzEzLjgwMTA4NTEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNzEyMzE3OCZlbWFpbGlkPWNhbmRhY2VAYWR2b2NhY3lpbnN0aXR1dGUub3JnJnVzZXJpZD1jYW5kYWNlQGFkdm9jYWN5aW5zdGl0dXRlLm9yZyZ0YXJnZXRpZD0mZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&&&138&&&https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-07-15/pdf/2019-14890.pdf

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33 Organizations Send Letter to Florida Governor DeSantis – Ferpa|Sherpa

FL's proposed school safety database could be used to stigmatize children who have been victims of bullying or who have disabilities. Read our coalition letter to @RonDeSantisFL urging him to postpone its implementation: https://ferpasherpa.org/letterdesantis

ferpasherpa.org 33 Organizations Send Letter to Florida Governor DeSantis July 9, 2019 | Sara Collins and Amelia Vance Today, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and 32 other education, disability rights, privacy, and civil rights organizations sent this letter urging Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to halt the impleme...

[07/07/19]   Curious about where your state stands regarding the state-level cap on the percentage of students with disabilities who can be assessed via the state alternate assessments?

We've got a state-by-state chart with all the info at http://www.advocacyinstitute.org/ESSA/ESSA-OnePercentCapByState.shtml

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The US Dept. of ED has posted letters sent to 14 States that exceeded the 1% threshold on alternate assessments in the 2017-18 school year without a waiver. The states are CA, CO, CT, FL, HI, IL, KS, MD, MN, NJ, NY, OR, PA, and VA. The letters are posted on the page at https://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/guid/stateletters/index.html , under the heading “Alternate Assessments of Alternate Academic Achievement Standards Participation Rate Letters.” The letters spell out what each state must do going forward.

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» Blog Archive » Little Improvement in States’ Implementation of IDEA Part B in 2017

OSEP is out with the latest state determinations that rate how each state is implementing IDEA Part B. They prove, once again, that Results Driven Accountability isn't producing results. We've compiled the ratings and some key take-aways in our new blog at http://www.advocacyinstitute.org/blog/?p=847

advocacyinstitute.org The U.S. Dept. of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has released the state determination letters for FFY 2017. These annual determinations are required by IDEA as part of OSEP’s monitoring and enforcement responsibilities. The process for making the annual determinations ch...

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On-Demand Webinar: Making Special Education “Special:” Ensuring Maximal Instead of Minimal Benefits - Teacher Professional Learning | Literacy, Math | MTSS

Another ICYMI: Webinar presentation, "Making Special Education “Special:” Ensuring Maximal Instead of Minimal Benefits" by Dr. Mark Shinn. https://www.corelearn.com/special-ed-webinar-092717/

corelearn.com The 2017 Supreme Court Ruling on Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1 re-affirmed that special education can, and should, deliver more to students with disabilities. The way to achieve improved outcomes is with fewer but better IEP goals and progress monitoring. Unfortunately, IEP goals....

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{Webinar} Equity in Special Ed Webinar 11.14.18 - Teacher Professional Learning | Literacy, Math | MTSS

ICYMI: Great webinar presentation "Ensuring Education Equity & Excellence for Students with Disabilities" https://www.corelearn.com/webinar-ensuring-education-equity-excellence-for-students-with-disabilities/

corelearn.com Since the 2017 Supreme Court ruling on Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1, many school districts have put a renewed focus on ensuring students with disabilities not only receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) but true educational equity.

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Ensuring an Equitable Opportunity: Providing a High-Quality Education for Students with Disabilities | CCSSO

Deliver this to your state superintendent of education: new from CCSSO "Ensuring an Equitable Opportunity: Providing a High-Quality Education for Students with Disabilities" available at https://ccsso.org/resource-library/ensuring-equitable-opportunity-providing-high-quality-education-students

ccsso.org The primary mechanism for ensuring students with disabilities receive the right educational content and rigor at the right moment in their education is the individualized education plan (IEP).

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2019 Building A Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Raising High School Graduation Rates

The 2019 Building a Grad Nation report is out!!! See Appendix F for gap in grad rates for SWDs and Non-SWDs by state. https://www.americaspromise.org/2019-building-grad-nation-report?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=report&utm_campaign=2017%20BGN%20Event%20Invite

americaspromise.org Authored by Civic and the Everyone Graduates Center at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, and released annually in partnership with the Alliance for Excellent Education and America’s Promise Alliance, the Building a Grad Nation report examines both progress and challenges toward rea...

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Two new edWebinars to help you support struggling readers

Free webinars focus on struggling readers. Lower Student Stress, Higher Student Outcomes for Struggling Readers"
on Tuesday, May 28 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time and "Why Readers Fail and How to Break the Cycle" on
Wednesday, June 26 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time
Register at http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1102707682512&ca=0105c9c2-d286-467f-a486-69dec373000b

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The National RAISE Technical Assistance Center
invites you to join this webinar "Unraveling the Mysteries of Pre-employment Transition Services under WIOA" Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 2:00pm - 3:00pm ET
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8702902114034268419

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AAIDD free webinar "Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Supporting Quality Practices to Improve Employment Outcomes" Wed, May 22, 2019 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3715519566823824396

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Members - Postsecondary Value Commission

Members of Gates Foundation's new commission to examine, explore, and define the value of postsecondary education in the U.S. is short on any expertise on students with disabilities https://www.postsecondaryvalue.org/members/

postsecondaryvalue.org Meet the high-profile experts and national leaders of the Postsecondary Value Commission who are examining the value of education after high school.

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The Center on Education Policy has released a listing of the Number of Low-Performing Schools by State in Three Categories (CSI, TSI, and ATSI) as required by Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for School Year 2018-19. Get the list at https://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=Rentner%2DTanner%2DBraun%2DNumber%2Dof%2DLow%2DPerforming%2DSchools%2D20190513%2Epdf

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This should be good! On May 8, 2019 from 3:00-4:00 pm ET, Drs. Mitch Yell, David Bateman, Tessie Bailey and Teri Marx will present "Recommendations and Resources for Preparing Educators in the Endrew Era." In this webinar, Drs. Yell and Bateman will draw from their recent article “Free Appropriate Public Education and Endrew F. v. Douglas County School System (2017): Implications for Personnel Preparation” in Teacher Education and Special Education. They will provide an overview of Endrew’s impact on individualized instruction for students with disabilities and share six recommendations for preparing educators to meet the clarified requirements under Endrew. https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3107302721412940035

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Update on Judicial Decision Regarding Significant Disproportionality | Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

It would appear that OSEP is throwing in the towel on its efforts to delay the regulations on disproportionality ...what do you think? https://sites.ed.gov/idea/update-on-judicial-decision-regarding-significant-disproportionality/https://sites.ed.gov/idea/update-on-judicial-decision-regarding-significant-disproportionality/

sites.ed.gov Update on Judicial Decision Regarding Significant Disproportionality WASHINGTON, DC (April 4, 2019) From the Department of Education: “We want to make you aware of the March 7, 2019 judicial decision in COPAA v. DeVos that vacated the 2018 regulation delaying implementation of the December 19, 201...

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On March 28, 2019 the U.S. Dept. of Ed sent a memo to states providing information on the consequences they might face if they are exceeding the 1 percent cap on alternate assessments as prescribed by ESSA law and Federal regulations. Your state may very well be one of those out of compliance. Read the memo www.advocacyinstitute.org/ESSA/USEDmemoReCap3-28-19.pdf

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Very interesting that the U.S. Dept. of Education (ED) has recently sent out a "reminder" to states about amendments to ESSA consolidated state plans and accessibility of plans since ED has been posting inaccessible state plans for more than 2 years!

We complained to ED about this back in August 2017 and their only response was to slap an "accessibility disclaimer" on the pages where the inaccessible state plan PDFs were posted!

Now ED says it "will work with you to ensure that your currently approved State plan that is posted on www.ed.gov is accessible."

https://www.eseanetwork.org/news-and-resources/blogs/used/reminder-regarding-amendments-to-consolidated-state-plans-and-accessibility-of-plans

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Education Week

EdWeek is having a FB chat at 3 PM ET today about "Why do so many students struggle with reading?" In a recent radio documentary for American Public Media, Emily Hanford says that the science on how to teach reading is clear, and yet it’s not being used in elementary classrooms today. In this Facebook Live conversation, we’ll discuss what the reading research says, why there’s still debate about how to teach early reading, and what teachers may or may not be learning in their training. Hurry over.https://www.facebook.com/edweek/

Inspiring you through K-12 news, analysis, and opinion. Empowering you to make a difference in your community.

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Larger Questions Arise from School Accountability Results

Brian Gong asks "What’s Next in State Accountability?" https://www.nciea.org/blog/whats-next-state-accountability

nciea.org First results of federally-mandated school accountability systems show considerable differences from state to state

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