President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education (PCESE)
On October 3, 2001, President George Bush established a Commission on Excellence in Special Education to collect information and study issues related to federal, state and local special education programs with the goal of recommending policies for improving the education performance of students with disabilities.
(December 18, 2001)
Paige Names Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige announced that Loretta Petty will serve as deputy assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services.
(November 26, 2001)
Department Hosts Forums on Special Education
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services will hold a series of public forums to gather information about the upcoming reauthorization of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
(October 10, 2001)
Tingus Appointed Director of National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige today announced that Steven James Tingus will serve as director of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).
(October 5, 2001)
$8.7 Million in Special Education Grants Awarded for New Centers to Study Reading, Behavior and Learning Disabilities
The U.S. Department of Education today announced a package of more than $8.7 million in special education grants to establish nine centers to study issues related to reading, behavior and learning disabilities.
(October 5, 2001)
$7.8 Million in Special Education General Supervision Enhancement Grants Awarded to 24 States, Territories and Outlying Areas
More than $7.8 million in grants have been awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to 24 states, territories and outlying areas for special education improvement efforts as part of a competitive process to help reform and improve services for children with disabilities.
(October 5, 2001)
Education Secretary Backs Up President's Commitment to Special Education as an Essential Piece of No Child Left Behind Effort
U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige today testified before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce regarding the ability of America's schools to identify and provide a quality education to children with disabilities and the need for sound research to inform how we identify and educate children with special needs.
(October 4, 2001)
President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education
The President intends to appoint sixteen individuals to serve as Members of the newly-created Commission on Excellence in Special Education. Dr. Pasternack to serve as ex-officio member.
(October 3, 2001)
Wilson is New Commissioner for Rehabilitation Services Administration
U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige today announced that Joanne M. Wilson has been formally sworn in as commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
(August 27, 2001)
Pasternack is New Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige today announced that Robert H. Pasternack has been formally sworn in as assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services.
(August 8, 2001)
National Meeting on Health and Health Care Needs of Individuals With Mental Retardation
The Surgeon General plans to convene a major meeting late this fall on the unmet health care needs, including mental health and dental care, of children and adults with mental retardation. Learn more about this conference and share your insights concerning the key issues that were discussed.
(August 1, 2001)