New College Programs for Students with Disabilities Are "Changing Culture"
Read the latest ED Homeroom Blog—College Programs for Students with Disabilities Are "Changing Culture"—by Matt Presser, Teacher Ambassador Fellow and about two stops on ED's Back-to-School Bus Tour: "Ready for Success," involving OSERS' Michael Yudin and OSEP's Melody Musgrove.
New Letter to SEAs Regarding Oversight of Federal Funds to Charter Schools
On September 28, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education released a Dear Colleague Letter to state educational agencies (SEAs) that offers guidance and federal resources on appropriate and effective oversight of public charter schools.
New New Early Learning Site
The goal for ED's new Early Learning Web site is to help improve the health, social-emotional and cognitive outcomes for all children from birth through 3rd grade, so that all children, particularly those with high needs, are on track for graduating from high school college- and career-ready.
Including Students with Disabilities in High-Quality Preschool
Secretary Duncan announced a new policy statement highlighting the importance of making sure that all young children with disabilities have access to inclusive high-quality early childhood programs during the first stop of his back-to-school bus tour.
WIOA One-year Anniversary
See the joint ED Secretary Duncan and Labor Secretary Perez video commemorating the July 22, 2015 one-year anniversary of the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
ED Launches #RethinkDiscipline Campaign!
Check out the new Web site for more info and resources on school discipline.
Yudin Confirmed as OSERS Assistant Secretary
On June 2, 2015, the Senate confirmed Michael Yudin to serve as Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
NIDRR Has Now Moved to HHS
Per the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), now called the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), has been transferred to the Administration for Community Living (ACL) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Earlier Spotlight Items
OSERS is committed to the broad values of inclusion, equity and opportunity for infants, toddlers, children, youth and adults with disabilities to actively participate in all aspects of life. OSERS promotes inclusion, ensures equity and creates opportunity as we strive to improve results and outcomes for children and adults with disabilities.
In implementing this mission, OSERS supports programs that help educate children and youth with disabilities, provides for the rehabilitation of youth and adults with disabilities and supports research to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities. OSERS provides a wide array of supports to parents and individuals, school districts and states in three main areas—Special Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Research—through its two main components: OSEP and RSA.