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2019 Parent Leadership Conference #TheTimeIsNow

 

New Jersey Institute of Technology | Campus Center  

154 Summit Street | Newark, NJ 07102

Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM (EDT)

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News from Washington about Affordable Care Act

Source: National Family Voices

The big news this week is the election. Bottom line:  In the next Congress, which begins on January 3, Democrats will hold a majority in the House, and Republicans will hold a majority in the Senate. This means that Congress will not be able to repeal the Affordable Care Act or fundamentally change the Medicaid program, if all House Democrats oppose such measures. In three states, voters approved Medicaid expansion, and in four other states, the governors-elect support Medicaid expansion while their opponents did not. More details below.

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SPAN Awarded Two Parent Center Technical Assistance Center Cooperative Agreements

The SPAN Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) is pleased to announce their successful renewal of two cooperative agreements from the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP): (1) The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) and (2) Navigating Excellence — Parent Center Assistance and Collaboration Team (NE-PACT).

Both grants support the Parent Center Network — Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) and Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs) — throughout the country.

Federal Judge Maintains Protections for DACA!

The Murphy administration hailed a federal judge's decision today to deny a motion by Texas and seven other states to end protections for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

New Jersey had intervened as a defendant in the case.

"Today is a win for thousands of New Jerseyans who proudly call our state home — and hundreds of thousands of DREAMers nationwide who have known no other nation than ours," Gov. Phil Murphy and state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said in a joint statement.

The Latest News on Changes to NJ Statewide Assessments

Source:  NJ Department of Education
     On July 10, Commissioner Lamont O. Repollet and the NJDOE Assessment team released the assessment tour report and proposed regulations which will be presented to the State Board of Education tomorrow.
The proposed changes for State Board review include:
  • Streamlining graduation requirements by reducing the number of required tests in high school from six to two.
  • Ensuring that educators and parents receive test data in a timely manner.
  • Providing flexibility for first-year English learners on the English language proficiency test.
Additional changes not

Multi-Cultural/Lingual TV Shows on Developmental MIlestones in Young Children!

Interested in learning about developmental milestones in young children? 

Check out these TV shows representing eight (8) different cultures and languages at https://shriver.umassmed.edu/community-resources/cultural-resources/1-2-3-grow

 

 

 

SPAN Awarded Funding to Continue as NJ's Family to Family Health Information Center!

We are pleased to announce that SPAN received word today that we have been refunded to continue to serve as NJ's Family to Family Health Information Center! Excited to be able to inform and empower families of children and youth with special healthcare needs as leaders in their families, communities, our state, and nation! Check out our F2F resources at www.spanadvocacy.org/…/family-family-health-information-cen… and our Health Advocacy Toolkit at www.spanadvocacy.org/content/health-advocacy-toolkit.

ESSA, Chronic Absenteeism and Students with Disabilities

DC and 36 states, including New Jersey, will use chronic absenteeism as one of or the only metric for the Every Student Succeeds Act's new indicator of school quality or student success. Below are reports with new information on Chronic Absenteeism and students with disabilities written by our partners at the Advocacy Institute and the Center for Law and Education for the National Center on Educational Outcomes. It provides important information on both the promise and potential challenges this new accountability provision holds for students with disabilities.

  • Chronic Absenteeism and

ESSA, Chronic Absenteeism and Students with Disabilities

DC and 36 states, including New Jersey, will use chronic absenteeism as one of or the only metric for the Every Student Succeeds Act's new indicator of school quality or student success. Below are reports with new information on Chronic Absenteeism and students with disabilities written by our partners at the Advocacy Institute and the Center for Law and Education for the National Center on Educational Outcomes. It provides important information on both the promise and potential challenges this new accountability provision holds for students with disabilities.

  • Chronic Absenteeism and

Disparities in punishment of students with disabilities by race

Source: Harvard Law Today.  A new report providing the first state-by-state estimate of lost instruction due to discipline for black and white students with disabilities finds dramatic disparities in suspensions by race. The study, called “Disabling Punishment: The Need for Remedies to the Disparate Loss of Instruction Experience by Black Students with Disabilities,” was conducted by the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice at Harvard Law School (CHHI) and UCLA’s Center for Civil Rights Remedies at The Civil Rights Project.  See New Jersey's data and read more >>

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