RISE Act Reintroduced in the Senate

The Respond, Innovate, Succeed, and Empower (RISE) Act was reintroduced in the Senate earlier this month. The RISE Act, which amends the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), has been one of NCLD’s major legislative priorities. The RISE Act focuses on three critical issues to ensure that students with disabilities thrive in college:

  • Information: Provides parents and students with information on disability services in one place, making it easier to know what services are available in higher education and how to access them.
  • Accommodations: Requires colleges to accept an IEP or 504 plan as evidence of disability when a student is seeking accommodations in college.
  • Training: Supports a technical assistance center for college faculty to learn more about the needs of students with disabilities.

Learn more about the legislation here and tell your senators to support it today!


NCLD Report Lays Out Steps to Move “Forward Together” & Better Serve Students

NCLD, in partnership with Understood, released a report earlier this month called “Forward Together: Helping Educators Unlock the Power of Students Who Learn Differently.” The report articulates the challenges teachers face in reaching the 1 in 5, identifies critical mindsets and essential practices for success, and maps a way forward at various levels of the education system.

Visit ncld.org/forwardtogether to learn more about our findings and ways to get involved so educators have the resources they need to find success in the classroom.

U.S. Department of Education Confirms “Equity in IDEA” Rule is in Effect

Issued in 2016, the Equity in IDEA regulations aimed to help schools systematically address disparities that exist for students of color in special education. The regulations provided a method for states to identify schools in which students of color were inappropriately being identified as needing special education, placed in inappropriate educational settings, or suspended, expelled, secluded and restrained at disparate rates. These regulations were set to take effect in July 2018 but the U.S. Department of Education (ED) delayed them until 2020.

Shortly after the delay was announced, ED was sued and in March 2019, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia sided with disability rights advocates and required that the regulations go into effect immediately. Earlier this month, ED finally confirmed that all states must abide by the regulations and begin implementing them.  You can read more about significant disproportionality here.

The U.S. House of Representatives Takes Step Towards Increasing Federal Funding for Education

On May 8th, the House Appropriations LHHS-Education Committee voted to move the Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations bill to the full House of Representatives for consideration. This bill would increase the federal investment in education and provide much needed resources to all students and in particular students with disabilities. The proposal would increase funding for special education programs operating under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) by $1 billion and increases funds for other critical programs under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) such as an increase of $1 billion for schools with low-income students and a $500 million increase to support teacher training and professional development programs. Read NCLD’s full statement here.

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