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US Dept. of Ed. Unveils New Framework for Family-School Partnership

Source:  Institute for Educational Leadership, April 8, 2014

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the release of the Department's new framework for family and community engagement during the opening plenary of IEL's  National Family and Community Engagement Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Developed with the assistance of IEL board member and Harvard Professor Dr. Karen Mapp, the Dual Capacity Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships is designed to spark a focus on developing adult capacity, whether through pre- and in-service professional development for educators;

Funding for Family to Family Health Information Centers Extended!

Family to Family Health Information Center Funding Extended!  SPAN to continue serving as NJ's F2F!


On Monday evening, the Senate approved H.R. 4302, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (a.k.a. the "doc fix" or "SGR" bill), which had already passed the House. The bill includes a provision to extend F2F funding for another year from now, providing $2.5 million for the remainder of FY 2014 plus $2.5 million for the first six months of FY 2015. Pursuant to a unanimous consent agreement, the bill required 60 votes for passage. The final vote was 64 in favor and 35 opposed.

April is National Minority Health Month!

Celebrate National Minority Health Month!  Wednesday, April 9, 2:00 to 3:00 pm ET. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Office of Minority Health will hold a webinar in honor of Minority Health Month. Speakers will discuss CMS' ongoing efforts to reduce and eliminate health disparities, and its work encouraging newly insured consumers to use preventive services and primary care. To register visit: Registration is required. You will receive webinar link and call in details after you register.

SPAN Perspectives

Families Experiencing Problems with Transition to DDD's New Services System

on Fri, 04/18/2014 - 15:44

Families have been experiencing confusion on how to address the changes in the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), especially the 2013 graduates “interim group.”  Please note that the timeline for upcoming 2014 graduates can be found at To maintain DDD services, the adult child with a developmental disability now has to be eligible for Medicaid.

FairTest Calls for a Moratorium on Testing Costs and Stress

on Fri, 09/06/2013 - 13:41

With millions in federal Race to the Top money and ESEA “waivers” as incentives, all but a few states agreed to adopt Common Core standards. Two multi-state consortia — the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) — won federal grants to develop Common Core tests, which are due to be rolled out in 2014-15.  This fact sheet from FairTest highlights major Common Core myths and calls for a Moratorium From More Tests, Costs, Stress.

Use the $$$ to Spread the Word about ACA for Families!

on Wed, 07/03/2013 - 15:00

Beginning October 1, New Jerseyans of all incomes will have access to an online health insurance Marketplace where they can shop for new, affordable private health insurance or access public programs like Medicaid and NJ Family Care. Most New Jerseyans will also be eligible for federal subsidies that help offset the cost of health insurance. These programs take great strides toward making insurance affordable for all of New Jersey's uninsured and underinsured residents. But there's a problem. Few people know about the ACA's new coverage options or how to access them.