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ESEA Reauthorization is on the Move

 

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander's 400-page draft legislation for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act was released on Jan. 12.  Below you will find other news about the reauthorization process and how your voices can be heard.  Stay tuned for information on public hearings in Congress.  Alexander is soliciting feedback on his staff discussion draft by Monday, February 2, at: FixingNCLB@help.senate.gov.

January 21, 2015Alexander hearing on "Fixing No Child Left Behind: Testing and Accountability." 

USDE Secretary Duncan lays out priorities for education law:

Supports in Post-Secondary Education: Join the Conversation!

National Online Dialogue on Families, Disability and Postsecondary Success - January 26 - February 6, 2015

Are you a family member of a young adult with a disability who's currently or recently enrolled in a postsecondary education program (e.g., certificate, apprenticeship, community college, college or university)?  The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) wants your input, and requests your participation in an upcoming online dialogue, “Connecting Families: Supporting Postsecondary Success of Young Adults with Disabilities.” Through this "virtual town

New Child Developmental Milestones Brochure Now Available from SPAN!

SPAN has partnered with CNNH and the Centers for Disease Control on personalizing the CDC's "Track Your Child's Developmental Milestones" brochure for New Jersey!  Access the brochure, which contains a birth-four years old milestones chart and contact information for NJ resources, here.

SPAN Perspectives

Senator Menendez Accepts AMCHP Legislative Champion Award from SPAN's Diana Autin

on Wed, 01/28/2015 - 19:57

Senator Menendez Accepts Legislative Champion Award from the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs – SPAN’s Co-Director Diana Autin Presents Award on Behalf of AMCHP

Diana Autin, Executive Co-Director of the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN), had the privilege of presenting the Legislative Champion Award from the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) to New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez on January 26, 2015.  Her comments and the comments of Senator Menendez follow.

“I am Executive Co-Director of the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN), a one-stop

Rights of Pregnant Women to Seek Substance Abuse Treatment Upheld by NJ Supreme Court!

on Tue, 12/23/2014 - 13:20

The New Jersey Supreme Court on December 22, 2014, decided New Jersey Division of Youth & Family Services v. Y.N., an important decision for pregnant mothers struggling with substance abuse.  The Court held that a pregnant woman cannot be found guilty of abuse or neglect—and placed on the child-abuse Central Registry—merely because she enrolled in a methadone treatment program.  And that is true even if the woman’s child is born suffering from symptoms associated with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome—an unfortunate, but expected, side-effect of methadone treatment.

SPAN Testifies Before NJ State Senate on Proposed Charter School Legislation

on Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:59

On October 16, the NJ State Senate held hearings on proposed charter school legislation that would update and increase accountability for the operation and performance of charter schools and make them more accountable for students with disabilities, English language learners, and low-income students.  Our testimony called for even greater accountability and oversight to ensure that charter schools do not discriminate against these students in admissions, provision of services, or discipline.  SPAN will keep you informed of further developments!  Go to

ESEA Reauthorization is on the Move

 

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander's 400-page draft legislation for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act was released on Jan. 12.  Below you will find other news about the reauthorization process and how your voices can be heard.  Stay tuned for information on public hearings in Congress.  Alexander is soliciting feedback on his staff discussion draft by Monday, February 2, at: FixingNCLB@help.senate.gov.

January 21, 2015Alexander hearing on "Fixing No Child Left Behind: Testing and Accountability." 

USDE Secretary Duncan lays out priorities for education law:

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