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New Mission

My idea is to explore how other countries around the world are dealing with education and special education issues. I’d like to see different successful schools, wherever they may be, up close. I’d like to sit down with directors and administrators. I’d like to speak with government officials who keep a pulse on the education affairs of their communities. I want to learn more about education around the globe through speaking with locals, seeing the schools, and shaking hands with the people responsible for implementing the systems. If you know of any outstanding (public or private) special needs schools in other parts of the world, I’d love to hear about them. If you know any education experts from around the world, I’d love to be introduced to them. Please do not hesitate to share your thoughts or ideas. Read more about my mission.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

COPAA Policy Alert Regarding Sequestration

COPAA has issued the following policy alert regarding the impending sequestration: 

All indications are that Sequestration will begin tomorrow 

With no deal on the table in Congress, the automatic, across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration are now scheduled to take effect tomorrow, March 1, 2013.

According to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, $600 million will be cut from federal special education funding, requiring states and districts to figure out a way to fund approximately 7,200 teachers, aides, and other staff, putting services  and supports to students with disabilities significantly at risk.  
Though most schools would not be immediately impacted since funding for this academic year has largely been dispersed already, cuts could begin soon.
US Department of Education overall State by State Analysis can be found at:

IDEA MoneyWatch Part B reductions by state:

COPAA members are urged to s
end your elected officials in Congress a message asking for a balanced approach to spending reductions and to avoid any reductions to federal funding for IDEA.          
Use Contacting the Congress to find your members of Congress.
Please - take 5 minutes today; forward this message to your networks, and contact Congress.
Thank you for your advocacy!