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  2021
 
Education Task Force
CCD Education Task Force Letter on 504 Recs
The undersigned organizations write to request that the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) undertake actions to address district and school compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504).
(December 18,  2021) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
re: Build Back Better Act
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force is writing to thank you for your ongoing commitment to ensuring the infant, children, youth, and adults with disabilities across the United States have access to the continuum of education and employment opportunities as well as protection from discrimination on the basis of disability that we know supports their economic security and success. As passed by the House, the Build Back Better Act (BBB)/H.R. 5376 affirms that individuals with disabilities have value in our society and would expand their access to quality programs and protect their civil rights.
(November 19,  2021) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Education Task Force Co-Chair Letter Supporting the IDEA Full Funding Act of 2021
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for Federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration, and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society. To support these goals and ensure that students with disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school and beyond, Congress must deliver on its commitment to funding education costs for students with disabilities. As co-chairs of the CCD Education Task Force, we write on behalf of our Task Force in strong support of the reintroduction of the IDEA Full Funding Act.
(November 16,  2021) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Education TF FY22 Appropriations letter
As you work to finalize the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 appropriations bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS-ED), the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force urges you to adopt the highest proposed levels for the federal investment in programs that support infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities, their families, and the teachers and other service providers who serve them.
(November 16,  2021) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Education Task Force Statement on the Importance of State Assessments & Accountability for Students with Disabilities in the 2021-2022 School Year
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it unprecedented challenges, particularly for students who have been historically underserved and marginalized, including the nation’s 7 million school age students with disabilities. The experience of students with disabilities has varied dramatically from district to district and state to state. For example, some students have not received the services guaranteed to them through their Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and others have developed new and different needs as a result of the disruption the pandemic has caused.
(October 5,  2021) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Education Taskforce ED Learning Agenda Comment Letter
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
(September 16,  2021) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Education Task Force response to Secretary Cardona's request for comment on the Department of Education priorities
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society. The Education Task Force proactively monitors federal legislation and regulations that address the educational needs of children with disabilities and their families
(July 30,  2021) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Comments on Discipline RFI
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society. The Education Task Force proactively monitors federal legislation and regulations that address the educational needs of children with disabilities and their families, including the 7.7 million infants, children, youth and young adults
(July 23,  2021) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Education Task Force comments OMB RFI on Equity
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society. The Education Task Force proactively monitors federal legislation and regulations that address the educational needs of children with disabilities and their families, including the 7.7 million infants, children, youth and young adults eligible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) who must be provided a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) and maintain their rights to an individualized education program (IEP) that is implemented in the least restrictive environment (LRE).
(July 6,  2021) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Comments on Title IX hearing
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for Federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration, and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society. As co-chairs of the CCD Education Task force, we are pleased to provide comments to the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) public information gathering process focused on improving enforcement of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX).
(June 11,  2021) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Education TF FY22 Appropriations letter
As you work to draft the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 appropriation bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force urges you to increase the federal investment in education programs that support students with disabilities, their families, and the educators who serve them.
(April 23,  2021) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Response Workforce Request
Dear Chair Patty Murray and Ranking Member Richard Burr, Thank you for your request for comments on workforce innovation to address lost jobs in the COVID-19 pandemic. In your letter, you asked for the following information in pursuit of bipartisan solutions:
(April 9,  2021) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Thank you letter for special education funding in American Rescue Plan
Dear Majority Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, Chair Murray, Chair Scott, Chairwoman DeLauro, Chair Leahy, and Senators Hassan, Murphy, and Van Hollen: The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force write to thank you for providing targeted funding for students with disabilities in the American Rescue Plan Act (HR 1319).
(March 23,  2021) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Education Task Force Revised reopening principles March 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the health and safety of all students, families, and educators must be the first priority. Every student and educator who chooses to return to in-person learning must have adequate access to personal protective equipment and other COVID-19 transmission mitigation measures and have the support and training necessary to feel safe in their school.
(March 15,  2021) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Statement on Assessing Student Learning During the Pandemic
As the U.S. Department of Education (Department) moves forward to provide new flexibility to states regarding assessment and accountability requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Education Task Force (CCD) encourages the Department to reject any state waiver request that has the potential to marginalize or discriminate against our most vulnerable students, including students with disabilities.
(February 25,  2021) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Letter to the White House on IDEA funding for FY22
The undersigned organizations represent the Education Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD)—the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for Federal public policy that ensures the self determination, independence, empowerment, integration, and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
(February 24,  2021) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD to Congress 2021 Funding for IDEA in COVID bill
Dear Majority Leader Schumer, Minority Leader McConnell, Speaker Pelosi, Minority Leader McCarthy, Chair Murray, Chair Scott, Ranking Member Burr and Ranking Member Foxx: The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force write to urge you to prioritize and address the needs of children with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who serve them as you work to finalize the next emergency relief bill in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
(February 8,  2021) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Education Taskforce on the Importance of State Assessments & Strong Accountability for Students with Disabilities
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it unprecedented challenges, particularly for students who have been historically underserved and marginalized, including the nation’s 7 million students with disabilities. The experience of students with disabilities has varied dramatically from district to district and state to state. For example, some students have not received the services guaranteed to them through their Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and others have developed new and different needs as a result of the disruption the pandemic has caused.
(February 1,  2021) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD cochairs on IDEA Q-A on parental placement in private schools
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for Federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration, and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society. As co-chairs of the CCD Education Task force, we write with comments and recommendations on the U.S. Department of Education (ED) proposed guidance addressing State and local responsibilities under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for providing equitable services to parentally placed private school children with disabilities (Guidance).
(January 20,  2021) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Annual Report - Education Task Force
(January 8,  2021) - Download [ PDF ]
 
 
  2020
 
Education Task Force
CCD Education task force letter re next COVID relief package
Dear Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, Chairman Alexander, and Ranking Member Murray: The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force write to urge you to prioritize and address the needs of children with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who serve them as you work to finalize the next emergency relief bill in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. CCD is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for Federal public policy that ensures the self determination, independence, empowerment, integration, and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
(December 3,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Education Task Force: Keeping All Students Safe Act letter of support
On behalf of the undersigned members of the Education Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), we write in support of the Keeping All Students Safe Act (KASSA) and thank you for your leadership in introducing a bill designed to protect the safety of children in our schools today.
(November 16,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Education Task Force Comments on Rulemaking and Guidance Rule
The Co-chairs of the Education Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) are writing to strongly oppose the Department’s Interim Final Rule on Rule Making and Guidance Procedures as published in the Federal Register on October 5, 2020 to implement the Executive order entitled ‘‘Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents,’’ issued on Oct. 9, 2019. The Education Task Force monitors federal legislation and regulations that address the educational needs of children with disabilities and their families, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) programs.
(November 3,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD comments on Proposed Priority on Remote Learning
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force appreciates the opportunity to comment on the Proposed Priority and Definitions for Discretionary Grant Programs that would promote the use of Department of Education’s (ED) discretionary grants funds to support remote learning as defined in the notice published in the September 8, 2020, Federal Register.
(October 8,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Education Taskforce Condemns Office of Management Budget (OMB) Memo & U.S. Department of Education (ED) Prohibition of Anti-Racist Activities
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force stands united in the belief that racism impacts individuals at all levels of the education system, including students and educators with disabilities, and must be actively opposed. In order to confront and fight against racism in our schools and communities, employees of the U.S. Department of Education (ED) must have the freedom to engage in anti-racism trainings.
(October 4,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Principles for School Reopening
Students with Disabilities Maintain Their IDEA and Other Civil Rights Protections. All students with disabilities have the right to attend a high-quality public school that meets their needs while maintaining all of their rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as recently affirmed by the U.S. Department of Education.
(August 31,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD IDEA Paperwork Reduction Waivers Proposed Requirements
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force appreciate the opportunity to comment on the Proposed Requirements—The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Paperwork Reduction Waivers, as published in the June 5, 2020, Federal Register. As stated in the Federal Register announcement, the Department may use these proposed requirements and definition in fiscal year 2020 and later years. The Department intends to accept waiver proposals from States for 12 months following publication of an appropriate notice.
(August 19,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Cochairs on SPP-APR 8-2020
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force is providing comments on the proposed changes to the Department of Education’s (ED) Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) information collection on Proposed Revisions to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B and Part C State Performance Plans (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR).
(August 10,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Education Task Force CRDC
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force appreciate the opportunity to comment on the proposed changes to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Mandatory Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) for FY 2020-2021. CCD is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
(August 6,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Education Task Force webinar "The ADA at 30: Voices from Students"
In 1990, through the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Congress stated clear goal “to provide a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities. This national mandate extends to public schools and institutions of higher education.
(August 6,  2020)
Education Task Force
CCD cochairs on COVID Stimulus August 2020
In light of the ongoing negotiations for the next COVID relief package, the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force writes to reiterate our priorities for the education of our nation’s students with disabilities and to express our concern over troubling provisions in the Healthcare, Economic Assistance, Liability, And Schools (HEALS) Act.
(August 6,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Ed TF letter to Senate on C4 07.20.20
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force writes to urge you to prioritize and address the needs of children with disabilities, their families, and educators as you work to finalize the next emergency relief bill in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. CCD is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for Federal public policy that ensures the selfdetermination, independence, empowerment, integration, and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
(July 20,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD IDEA C4 Thank You
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Education Task Force writes to thank you for introducing the Supporting Children with Disabilities during COVID-19 Act. This legislation will provide critical funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as approximately 124,000 schools across the United States which serve the 7,000,000 students served under the IDEA begin to look towards and implement school reopening policies and activities while also implementing public health protocols and ensuring the safety of all children and students.
(July 9,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Comments on IDEA Paperwork Reduction Planning and Implementation Program
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force appreciates the opportunity to comment on the Proposed Priorities, Requirements, and Selection Criteria—Technical Assistance and Dissemination To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities—The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Paperwork Reduction Planning and Implementation Program, as published in the May 29, 2020, Federal Register. We write to express the following concerns with the proposed priorities, requirements, and selection criteria.
(June 29,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD comments on EIR Professional Development Vouchers
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force appreciates the opportunity to comment on the Notice of Proposed Requirements, Definition, and Selection Criteria; Teacher-Directed Professional Learning Experiences for the Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program, as published in the April 13, 2020, Federal Register. CCD is committed to ensuring that all educators have the skills, knowledge and support required to effectively teach and support students with disabilities. We write to express the following concerns with this proposed grant program under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
(May 13,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Ed TF letter to Congress on IDEA waivers COVID
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force and allies submit this letter in response to the directive that the Secretary of Education submit, within 30 days of enactment of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act a report to Congress with recommendations on any additional waivers the Secretary deems necessary under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act) and other education laws.
(May 7,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD letter on SPP-APR
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force is providing comments on the proposed changes to the Department of Education’s (ED) Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) information collection on Proposed Revisions to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B and Part C State Performance Plans (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR).
(April 20,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Ed TF letter to Congress on IDEA waivers & COVID
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force and allies submit this letter in response to the directive that the Secretary of Education submit, within 30 days of enactment of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act a report to Congress with recommendations on any additional waivers the Secretary deems necessary under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act) and other education laws.
(April 9,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Ed TF letter on IDEA COVID funding
More than seven million school-aged students, approximately 13% of the total student enrollment, are currently entitled to individualized education and related services mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated the impact of the historic and continuous gross underfunding of IDEA which has further exposed the great strain that the lack of adequate IDEA funding places on state and local education systems.
(April 9,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Education Task Force letter to ED on IDEA COVID
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force and allies submit this letter in response to the directive that the Secretary of Education submit, within 30 days of enactment of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act a report to Congress with recommendations on any additional waivers the Secretary deems necessary under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act) and other education laws. The undersigned organizations are unwavering in our pursuit of educational equity and stand unified in the strong conviction that NO ADDITIONAL waivers are necessary under either the IDEA or the Rehabilitation Act.
(April 3,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD response to FY2021 budget
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force writes to urge you to reject President Trump’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget proposal and work together to support increased investments in all federal education programs including those that serve students with disabilities. Students with disabilities are general education students first and it is imperative that Congress provide funds through all education programs to ensure resources are available so states can provide a high-quality education to students with disabilities.
(February 25,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD HEA Letter to Alexander Murray 2020
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force writes to provide recommendations as you consider reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). This updates our letter dated February 23, 2018. Thank you for the opportunity to provide input in this important process.
(February 11,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Education Task Force Innovative Assessments Letter
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for Federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration, and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society. The Education Taskforce of CCD works to ensure that students with disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school and beyond. We appreciate the opportunity to weigh in on Docket No.ED-2019-OESE-0147 CFDA Number: 84.368A regarding proposed priorities under the Competitive Grants for State Assessments (CGSA) program.
(February 7,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD IDEA Part B Data Center
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force is writing regarding the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) notice to establish a Technical Assistance (TA) center to improve states' capacity to collect, report, analyze, and use high-quality IDEA Part B data. CCD has consistently supported the provision of high-quality TA to states and would like to provide input on the direct questions posed by ED and make specific recommendations regarding the expected outcomes and proposed requirements listed in the notice.
(January 20,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Annual Report - Education Task Force
(January 9,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
 
 
  2019
 
Education Task Force
CCD letter on Significant Disproportionality State Survey (Survey)
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force writes to make comments on the U.S. Department of Education (ED) proposed Significant Disproportionality State Survey (Survey).
(December 27,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD FY2020 appropriations letter to increase IDEA funding
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force urges you to promptly work with the House of Representatives to increase investments in the federal education programs that serve students with disabilities, their families, and the educators who serve them within the Departments of Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies.
(November 26,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Education Task Force Sign on letter re CRDC
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force appreciate the opportunity to comment on the proposed changes to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Mandatory Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) for FY 2019-2020. CCD is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
(November 18,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Education TF Letter IES topics
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is the largest coalition of national organizations working
(October 8,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Education Task Force co-chairs comments on technical assistance needs for transitioning to postsecondary education.
Thank you for offering the opportunity to provide input into technical assistance (TA) funded by the U.S. Department of Education related to improving postsecondary transition services. The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
(October 2,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD cochair letter to OSEP re: teacher initiative blog
The CCD Education Task Force applauds the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) for prioritizing the teacher shortage problem. Indeed, many have characterized this as a national emergency.
(September 25,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD comments to OSEP on 2020 determinations
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force are writing in response to the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) and Office of Special Education (OSEP) effort to solicit input regarding how data is used in making the Department’s 2020 State Determinations. CCD has communicated extensively with OSERS on related matters, most recently in 2018 and supports any effort undertaken to raise expectations and improve outcomes for students with disabilities.
(August 30,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD letter on Significant Disproportionality Survey 2019
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force write to make comments on the U.S. Department of Education (ED) proposed Significant Disproportionality State Survey (Survey).
(July 19,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD LRE Position Statement
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society. The Education Task Force of CCD monitors federal legislation and regulations that address the educational needs of children and youth with disabilities and their families, including regulatory efforts under federal law such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
(July 18,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD HEA principles and recommendations
The CCD Education Taskforce firmly believes that students with disabilities must be thoughtfully and fully included in any policy changes considered for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. As the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) demonstrated, the meaningful inclusion of students with disabilities is now the expectation, rather than the exception. In addition, the reauthorization must address the urgent and persistent shortages of special education teachers as well as specialized instructional support personnel (SISP) experienced nationally.
(June 20,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Education Task Force Letter - IDEA survey sign ons
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force advocates for Federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration, and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society. The CCD Task Force sees these principles as critical elements in a society that recognizes and respects the dignity and worth of all its members.
(June 13,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Education Task Force Information Sheet for 116th Congress
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Education Task Force monitors federal legislation and regulations that address the educational needs of children with disabilities and their families, including those listed below. The Education Task Force advocates to protect the rights and enhance opportunities for children under these laws. Below are the essential laws that support and promote educational opportunity for children with disabilities.
(March 26,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
FY20 Appropriations letter
As you work to finalize the FY 2020 appropriations bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force writes to urge you to support the highest possible spending levels for programs that support America’s 6 million children and youth with disabilities and the educators who work on their behalf.
(March 20,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Statement on the Court's Decision to Uphold the Equity in IDEA Regulation
The CCD Education Task Force celebrates this week’s U.S. District Court ruling against the U.S. Department of Education’s delay of regulations to reduce disproportionate special education identification, placement, and discipline for students of color. The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) had joined the majority of commenters in opposition to this unnecessary delay.
(March 7,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD to Chairman Sablan and Ranking Member Allen on Seclusion and Restraint 2019
On behalf of the undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), we write to ask for your leadership to protect the safety of children in our schools today. The CCD has advocated for many years that federal legislation is needed to establish national minimum standards to prohibit the use of seclusion and prevent the use of restraint in schools. Restraint and seclusion are dangerous practices that continue to cause children trauma, injury and death. We need more than the current patchwork of state laws to ensure that every child is afforded protection. Such legislation will strengthen protections in every state and ensure the safety of all students and school personnel.
(February 25,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Title IX comments
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Taskforce submitted a comment opposing proposed changes to Title IX regulations that would make schools less safe for students with disabilities.
(January 30,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
2018 CCD Education Task Force Annual Report
(January 10,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
 
 
  2018
 
Education Task Force
Statement of the CCD Education Task Force Upon Release of the School Safety Commission Report
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force is extremely disappointed in the recommendations put forward by the School Safety Commission led by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The report recommends withdrawing the Title VI discipline guidance which provides schools with important information to prevent discrimination. Rescinding this guidance will not make our schools safer.
(December 19,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD cochair RDA letter
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force is writing in response to Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) effort regarding Results Driven Accountability (RDA) and supports any effort undertaken to raise expectations and improve outcomes for students with disabilities. As part of our formal comments, CCD would first like to acknowledge the work of its members and endorse the more detailed comments provided by: The Advocacy Institute; The Arc; Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates; National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools; National Disability Rights Network; and, the National Downs Syndrome Congress.
(December 18,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
House introduction of the Aim Higher Act to reauthorize the Higher Education Act
Washington, DC, July 25, 2018 --The Education Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is pleased to see the introduction of the Aim Higher Act, a comprehensive reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA), that includes many of the recommendations of the task force intended to increase the number of students with disabilities able to matriculate and be successful in college or universities.
(July 25,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Final passage of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (CTE bill)
Washington, DC, July 25, 2018 --The Education Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is pleased that Congress has taken final action on HR 2353 Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act and issued the following statement:
(July 25,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD statement on the delay of the Disproportionality Rule.
July 5, 2018, Washington, DC – Last week the Department of Education announced a final rule delaying the implementation of regulations designed to help states prevent a disproportionate number of people of color from being inappropriately placed in special education. The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) had joined the majority of commenters in opposition to this unnecessary delay.
(July 5,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Opposition to amendment 487
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force write to oppose the inclusion of an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) FY2019 that would create a pilot voucher program. In particular, we oppose Amendment #487 which was filed by Representative Hunter to create a $10 million scholarship program for military dependent children with special education needs that can be used for private and public schools.
(May 21,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Statement of the CCD Education Task Force Affirming the Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education
Mary 16, 2018, Washington, DC --The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task force, the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society, stands with other national civil rights organizations today in celebrating and affirming the anniversary of the decision in Brown v. Board of Education. In 1954 the U.S. Supreme Court, in a landmark decision, ruled unanimously that racial segregation in public schools violated the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibits states from denying equal protection of the laws.
(May 16,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Disproportionality Comments
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Taskforce write to express our strong opposition to the proposed delay of the compliance date for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)’s disproportionality regulations (codified at 34 CFR 300.646- 300.647) from July 1, 2018 to July 1, 2020 and for children ages three to five from July 1, 2020 to July 1, 2022, which is included in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking posted in the federal register on February 27, 2018.
(May 14,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Letter RE CTE
The CCD Education Task Force is pleased that the Senate is working in a bipartisan fashion to reauthorize and improve the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. The Career and Technical Education (CTE) program offers the potential for students with disabilities to use high school toward preparation for the workforce by encouraging specific career pathways. While there is a paucity of research on the intersection of CTE programs and disability, studies that do exist have shown that providing career preparation and transition services as early as possible has the potential to provide a pivotal platform for students with disabilities to gain access to career pathways.
(May 11,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Statement of the CCD Education Task Force Co-chairs Upon Announcement to Delay Compliance of the Equite in IDEA Rule
The CCD Education Task Force Co-chairs expressed disappointment at the announcement to delay the compliance date for the Equity in IDEA regulation. We have long been aware and research shows that students of color and other minorities are disproportionately referred to special education and subject to unfair discipline practices. There is no good reason for this delay. CCD will be drafting comments in response to this notice and urging others to do so.
(March 1,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
HEA input from the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force write to share our principles and recommendations as you consider reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Thank you for the opportunity to provide input in this important process.
(February 23,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Annual Report - Education Task Force
(January 22,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
 
 
  2017
 
Education Task Force
CCD Statement on Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force write to inform you that we are deeply concerned with the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act.
(December 11,  2017) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
On December 5 the CCD ED TF submitted a sign on letter to Secretary DeVos supporting the robust implementation of the Disproportionality regulations and discouraging any delays.
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Taskforce write to express our strong support for the robust enforcement of the disproportionality regulations for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
(December 5,  2017) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
On November 22nd, 2017 the CCD ED TF sent a letter to Chairwoman Foxx and Ranking Member Scott outlining CCD’s recommendations for a Higher Education Act reauthorization
CCD is the largest coalition of national disability organizations and the CCD Education Task Force advocates for Federal public policy that ensures the self- determination, independence, empowerment, integration, and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society. The CCD Education Task Force sees these principles as critical elements in a society that recognizes and respects the dignity and worth of all its members.
(November 22,  2017) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
On November 12th, 2017 the CCD ED TF sent a letter to the Department in Response to the Secretary’s Proposed Supplemental Priorities and Definitions for Discretionary Grant Programs
The CCD Education Task Force advocates for Federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration, and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society. The CCD Education Task Force sees these principles as critical elements in a society that recognizes and respects the dignity and worth of all its members.
(November 13,  2017) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Education Task Force letter to U.S. Department of Education (ED) re 1.0 percent waiver cap transparency
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force writes to request your attention to important issues regarding alternate assessments for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities administered during the current (2017-2018) school year.
(November 7,  2017) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Special Ed. Advocates to DeVos: Don't Let New York Get Out of ESSA's Testing Rules
Special education advocates have a message for U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos: Don't let New York wiggle out of the Every Student Succeeds Act's testing requirements for students with significant cognitive diabilities.
(November 5,  2017)
Education Task Force
CCD letter to USED re NYSED ESSA waiver
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force write regarding the New York State Department of Education (NYSED) request submitted to the U.S. Department of Education (USED) on September 18, 2017 formally requesting a waiver of two statutory requirements of Title I, Part A of ESEA/ESSA.
(November 3,  2017) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Education Regulations Reform Letter
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is the largest coalition of national disability organizations working together to advocate for Federal policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment and integration of individuals in all aspects of their lives.
(September 20,  2017) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD FY 2018 appropriations letter
As you work to finalize the FY 2018 appropriations bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force writes to urge you to support the highest possible spending levels for programs that support America’s 6 million children and youth with disabilities and the educators who work on their behalf.
(June 28,  2017) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Thank you letter re: students with disabilities and IDEA funding
On behalf of the Education Taskforce of the Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) which represents the over six million students with disabilities who receive services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) across the country, we write to extend our sincere appreciation for your support of students with disabilities.
(May 26,  2017) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD comments on IDEA Website
The Education Taskforce of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities appreciates the opportunity to provide input on how the IDEA.ed.gov website can be updated to better support children with disabilities and their families, teachers, administrators, advocates, and other stakeholders.
(April 25,  2017) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Letter opposing Res 57 to rescind the accountability regulations under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
The co-chairs of the of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force, on behalf of the CCD Education Taskforce, write in opposition of H.J. Res 57 to rescind the accountability regulations under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
(February 28,  2017) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act CCD Support Letter 115th
It is the pleasure of the undersigned member organizations of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) to provide you with this letter of support for the Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act of 2017. CCD is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society
(February 16,  2017) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
The Co-Chairs of the Ed Task Force sent a letter to the full house opposing H.J. Res 57
The co-chairs of the of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force, on behalf of the CCD Education Taskforce, write in opposition of H.J. Res 57 to rescind the accountability regulations under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
(February 6,  2017) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD response to the hearing of Betsy DeVos for the U.S. Secretary of Education
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) write in response to the hearing of Betsy DeVos for the U.S. Secretary of Education. Given the lack of clarity that came from her nomination hearing, we request that she provide specific answers to numerous questions regarding her views on policies that impact students with disabilities before her nomination is voted on in committee.
(January 24,  2017) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Education Task Force Report 2016
(January 10,  2017) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD letter on DeVos nomination
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force write in advance of the nomination hearing for Betsy DeVos for United States Secretary of Education, to share our views on the importance of the US Department of Education to students with disabilities and to urge you to ask Ms. DeVos to describe her vision for the Department’s role in supporting students with disabilities and promoting their inclusion and achievement.
(January 9,  2017) - Download [ PDF ]
 
 
  2016
 
Education Task Force
Education Task Force letter to Commissioner of Texas Department of Education
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is the nation’s largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for Federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration, and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
(November 2,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
22 National Disability Organizations Call On Texas Education Agency to Respond in Good Faith to U.S. Department of Education in Response to Claims of Special Education Denials by Houston Chronicle Investigation
Today, twenty-two national organizations have called on the Texas Education Agency (TEA), to issue a full and complete response to the U.S. Department of Education regarding any violations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the nation’s special education law.
(November 2,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Letter re FY17 Appropriations - Senate
As you work to finalize the FY 2017 appropriations bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force writes to urge you to support the highest possible spending levels for programs that support America’s 6 million children and youth with disabilities and the educators who work on their behalf.
(October 31,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Comments to NPRM Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for Federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society, appreciates the opportunity to respond to the proposed regulations for selected programs under title I, part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, now known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
(September 14,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Response to NPRM Assessment Regs
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for Federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society, appreciates the opportunity to respond to the proposed regulations for selected programs under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, now known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
(September 14,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Response to proposed regulations for selected programs under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) – a coalition that works together to advance the rights of adults, children, and youth with disabilities and their families – appreciates the opportunity to respond to the proposed regulations for selected programs under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, now known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
(August 2,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Letter in response to the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) regarding disproportionality in special education
On behalf of the Education Taskforce of the Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) which represents the nearly six million students with disabilities who receive special education services across the country, the undersigned organizations write in response to the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) published in the Federal Register on March 2, 2016 regarding disproportionality in special education. CCD also submitted comments in response to the Department’s Request for Information (RFI) on July 28, 2014.
(May 16,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act Sign on letter
It is the pleasure of the undersigned member organizations of the Education, Financial Security, and Social Security Task Forces of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) to provide you with this letter of support for the Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act of 2016.
(April 15,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Recommendations for the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act Reauthorization
With its emphasis on both secondary and postsecondary education technical skills, the Perkins Act is an important component in the education of young people with disabilities, putting them on the course toward postsecondary success and economic self-sufficiency.
(March 24,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Principles and Recommendations for the Higher Education Act
Ensuring that students with disabilities are college and career ready is a challenging but critically important national goal
(March 18,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Response to the request for information regarding the implementation of programs under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) appreciates the opportunity to respond to the request for information regarding the implementation of programs under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, now known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
(January 21,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Education Task Force Report 2015
(January 12,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
 
 
  2015
 
Education Task Force
CCD on ESSA following House passage
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) applauds the House passage of the final bipartisan conference report to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (S. 1177/ESSA) and we thank you for the bipartisan work to agree to a final conference bill.
(December 4,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Statement on 40th Anniversary of IDEA
As we honor the 40th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) celebrates the success of millions of students with disabilities who were able to secure a free appropriate public education as a result of this important civil rights law.
(November 17,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Principles on Carl D Perkins Act Reauthorization
We write on behalf of the Education Taskforce of the Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) which advocates on behalf of the 6.5 million school-age students with disabilities attending public school across the nation. As you begin the important work to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Act (The Act) we thank you for the opportunity to participate in the process and wish to first share some helpful data that we believe supports the need to more fully include and support students with disabilities.
(October 29,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Thank You letter to Secretary Arne Duncan; U.S. Department of Education
On behalf of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Education Task Force (CCD), we write to thank you for issuing the final Rule to end the use of the Alternate Assessment on Modified Academic Achievement Standards (AA-MAS).
(August 25,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD ECAA Floor amendment
We write on behalf of the Education Taskforce of the Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) which advocates on behalf of the nearly six million students with disabilities. As you begin the important work to discuss and debate the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) this week, CCD offers the following recommendations regarding several amendments that may come forward.
(July 9,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Letter on ECAA to Alexander-Murray
On behalf of the undersigned organizations that are part of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), we thank you for your leadership and dedication to reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
(July 9,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Letter on Scott Substitute to Student Success Act
On behalf of the Education Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), we write to thank you for your unequivocal support for the potential of every student with a disability.
(July 8,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Letter to House of Representatives on Student Success Act
The undersigned organizations of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) write to voice our significant concerns regarding The Student Success Act (H.R. 5) and to urge you not to support the bill as currently written.
(July 8,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD thank you letter to Senator Bob Casey
On behalf of the Education Taskforce of the Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) which represents the nearly six million students with disabilities who receive special education services across the country, we write to extend our most sincere appreciation for your work during the Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee mark-up of the of the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA).
(May 28,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD thank you letter to Senator Chris Murphy
On behalf of the Education Taskforce of the Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) which represents the nearly six million students with disabilities who receive special education services across the country, we write to extend our most sincere appreciation for your work during the Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee mark-up of the of the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA).
(May 28,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD thank you letter to Senator Johnny Isakson
On behalf of the Education Taskforce of the Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) which represents the nearly six million students with disabilities who receive special education services across the country, we write to extend our sincere appreciation for your work during the Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee mark-up of the of the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA).
(May 28,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD response to HHS ED Policy on Inclusion
The undersigned members of the CCD Education Task force thank you for this opportunity to provide comments on the draft Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood programs.
(May 22,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Letter ECAA
On behalf of the undersigned organizations that are part of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), we thank you for your leadership and dedication to reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
(April 14,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD on HR 5 Amendments
On behalf of the Education Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), we write to follow up on our February 25th letter which explained why CCD cannot support the Student Success Act (H.R. 5), to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
(February 26,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Letter to House of Representatives urging Members to not support the HR 5 as currently written
The undersigned organizations of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) write to voice our significant concerns regarding The Student Success Act (H.R. 5) and to urge you not to support the bill as currently written.
(February 25,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Letter to Member Robert (Bobby) Scott
On behalf of the Education Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), we write to thank you for your unequivocal support for the potential of every student with a disability.
(February 23,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Education letter to House Education Committee in opposition to HR 5, a bill to reauthorize the ESEA
We write on behalf of the Education Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) to oppose the Student Success Act of 2015 amending the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
(February 10,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Ed TF proposed teacher prep regulations letter
The Education Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) writes to respond to the Department of Education’s proposed regulations regarding teacher preparation issues that were published in the Federal Register on December 3, 2014.
(February 2,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Ed TF letter on Alexander bill
We write on behalf of the Education Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and thank you for the opportunity to provide feedback on the Every Child Ready for College or Career Act of 2015 (ECRCCA), amending the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
(February 2,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Education Task Force Annual Report for 2014
(January 12,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Principles for the reauthorization of Elementary and Secondary Education Act
Students with disabilities have benefitted greatly from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) because the law requires their academic achievement to be measured and reported.
(January 9,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Policy Positions on Alternate Assessment on Alternate Academic Achievement Standards (AA-AAS)
In 2011, the U.S. Congress began discussions on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), federal law that was last reauthorized in 2001 as the No Child Left Behind Act.
(January 9,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
 
 
  2014
 
Education Task Force
CCD disproportionatlity roi response
Thank you for the opportunity to response to Docket No. ED-2014-OSERS-0058 regarding actions the Department can take related to the disproportionality of racial and ethnic minority students among students with disabilities. The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Education Task Force offer the following recommendations.
(July 28,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD letter HEA Recommendations
On behalf of the Education Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), the undersigned organizations submit the following recommendations regarding the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
(May 30,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Letter from Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities re CHOICE Act
On behalf of Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Education Task Force, we write today regarding the Creating Hope and Opportunity for Individuals and Communities through Education Act (The CHOICE Act).
(May 29,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD 2015 House Appropriations
The undersigned members of the Education Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) write to respectfully request that you provide additional resources above the President’s request for all parts of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in the Fiscal 2015 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Services bill.
(May 20,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD 2015 Senate Appropriations
The undersigned members of the Education Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) write to respectfully request that you provide additional resources above the President’s request for all parts of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in the Fiscal 2015 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Services bill.
(May 20,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Scott Voucher bill response
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Education Task Force write today regarding S. 1909, the Creating Hope and Opportunity for Individuals and Communities through Education Act (The CHOICE Act). Title II of the bill would allow states to distribute funding received by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) directly to parents of students with disabilities to pay for educational services provided at private schools. We believe this policy is not needed for several reasons.
(May 9,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Comments on S. 1697
The following members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Education Task Force offer the following recommendations to S. 1697, the Strong Start for America’s Children Act.
(May 9,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD RDA ED 2013 OSERS 0150
Request for Information on the Use of Results Data in Making Determinations Under Sections 616(d)(2) and 642 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
(April 30,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD IDEA Part B SPP APR ED 2013 ICCD-0047
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; IDEA Part B State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR)
(April 30,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Letter of Support from CCD on Keeping All Students Safe Act
On behalf of the undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, we write to ask for your leadership to protect the safety of children in our schools today.
(April 2,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Polis Huffman McKinely Harper DC on IDEA Funding
As members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Education Task Force (CCD), a coalition of more than 115 organizations that work together to advance the rights of students with disabilities and their families, we urge you to sign the Dear Colleague letter being circulated by Reps. Polis, Huffman, McKinley, and Harper which asks President Obama to increase funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in his FY 2015 budget proposal.
(February 3,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Education Task Force Annual Report for 2013
(January 10,  2014) - Download [ PDF ] - Download [ WORD ]
 
 
  2013
 
Education Task Force
RE: Comments to Docket ID ED-2012-OSERS-0020
Assistance to States for the Education of Children with Disabilities
(December 9,  2013) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Comments: Re: Docket ID ED-2012-OESE-0018
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Taskforce commends the Department of Education for issuing the NPRM to formally end the use of the Alternate Assessment on Modified Academic Achievement Standards (AA-MAS) for accountability purposes under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
(October 15,  2013) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD letter on CRDC
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force appreciates the opportunity to comment on the proposed changes to the Office of Civil Rights Mandatory Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC).
(August 21,  2013) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Miller ESEA Sub Amendment cochair letter
(July 17,  2013) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Regulation letter: Re: Elementary and Secondary Education Act 2% Regulation
(July 16,  2013) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Letter from Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities on Student Success Act (June 18, 2013)
We write on behalf of the Education Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) to raise serious concerns with and oppose the Student Success Act (H.R. 5) in its current form
(June 14,  2013) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD comments on proposed revisions to the State Performance Plan (SPP) and the Annual Performance Report (APR) for both the Part B and Part C programs
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force appreciates this opportunity to comment on proposed revisions to the State Performance Plan (SPP) and the Annual Performance Report (APR) for both the Part B and Part C programs.
(June 14,  2013) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Education Task Force Letter to express opposition to the Every Child Ready for College and Career Act of 2013 (ECRCCA)
(June 10,  2013) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Education Task Force Letter on the Strengthening America’s Schools Act
On behalf of the Education Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, we write to thank you for introducing the Strengthening America’s Schools Act, legislation to reauthorize the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
(June 10,  2013) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Principles for the reauthorization of Elementary and Secondary Education Act
Students with disabilities have benefitted greatly from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) because the law requires their academic achievement to be measured and reported.
(May 23,  2013)
Education Task Force
CCD Comments on PARCC accommodations manual final with sign on
(May 14,  2013) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Thank you from Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Education TF on Keeping All Students Safe Act
(May 14,  2013) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Letter on Keeping All Students Safe Act 562013
On behalf of the undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, we write to ask for your leadership to protect the safety of children in our schools today.
(May 7,  2013) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Comments on PARCC reading access and calculator with sign ons
(February 7,  2013) - Download [ PDF ]
 
 
  2012
 
Education Task Force
Serving all students with a Standards-based Computer Adaptive Test
(December 22,  2012) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Education Task Force Annual Report
(December 18,  2012) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD 2011 statement on parental consent
(November 20,  2012) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Letter re Restraint and Seclusion in Schools
(July 17,  2012) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD "Highly Qualified Teachers" letter House 2012
(July 17,  2012) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD letter to HELP on Restraint and Seclusion
(July 12,  2012) - Download [ PDF ] - Download [ WORD ]
Education Task Force
Sign on Letter to Senator Harki
(June 12,  2012) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Letter to Senator Harkin
(June 10,  2012) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Final S/R Thank You Letters from CCD Ed TF to Rep. Miller
(May 31,  2012) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Final S/R Thank You Letters from CCD Ed TF to Rep. Harper
(May 31,  2012) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Special Education Research Funding
(April 23,  2012) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Letter from CCD re restraint and seclusion in schools
(April 11,  2012) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Congressional Research Service Report
Alignment Between the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
(February 9,  2012) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Letter to Chairman Kline on Draft ESEA Bills
(February 6,  2012) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Education Task Force Annual Report
(January 18,  2012) - Download [ PDF ] - Download [ WORD ]
Education Task Force
CCD ESEA Waiver letter to Secretary Duncan
(January 17,  2012) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Ed Task Force urge to restore funding for the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER)
(January 17,  2012) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Education Taskforce Thank You Letter for introducing the Keeping All Students Safe Act
(January 17,  2012) - Download [ PDF ]
 
 
  2011
 
Education Task Force
CCD response to Senate bipartisan ESEA bill
(October 18,  2011) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Letter to oppose S.1571
(October 6,  2011) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Re: Informal Guidance - interpretation of section 613
(October 3,  2011) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
GREAT Act Letter
(July 29,  2011) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD support letter Stop Child Abuse Res Progs Teens Act June 2011
(July 29,  2011) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD comments on reg review
(July 28,  2011) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD letter on HR 2437
(July 28,  2011) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD letter on State and Local Flexibility Act
(July 13,  2011) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities letter on ESEA accountability
(May 18,  2011) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD letter to House Armed Services committee
(May 9,  2011) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Letter of Support Urging Co-sponsorship of the IDEA Fairness Restoration Act
(May 9,  2011) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Principles for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act 112th Congress
(May 9,  2011) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Keeping All Children Safe Act
(April 5,  2011) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD supports the language in the “Protecting Student Athletes from Concussions Act of 2011”
(January 12,  2011) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Education Task Force Annual Report
(January 12,  2011) - Download [ PDF ] - Download [ WORD ]
 
 
  2010
 
Education Task Force
CCD Alignment of ESEA-IDEA cover letter
(November 3,  2010) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Education Task Force Comments on OSERS ESEA-IDEA Alignment
(November 3,  2010) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD letter to Levin for sign on
(September 23,  2010) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD Letter of Support for Rosa's Law
(September 22,  2010) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD supports the language in the “Protecting Student Athletes from Concussions Act of 2010”
(September 22,  2010) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
CCD letter to Webb
(July 23,  2010) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Response to the IEP letter
(July 9,  2010) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Race to the Top (RTTT) Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) for Comprehensive Assessment Systems Grants published in the Federal Register Vol. 75, No. 68 on April 9, 2010
(May 4,  2010) - Download [ PDF ] - Download [ WORD ]
Education Task Force
Race to the Top Assessment Program
(May 4,  2010) - Download [ PDF ] - Download [ WORD ]
Education Task Force
RE: Opposition to use of IEP as accountability tool under
(April 6,  2010) - Download [ PDF ] - Download [ WORD ]
Education Task Force
Principles for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization
(March 22,  2010) - Download [ PDF ] - Download [ WORD ]
Education Task Force
Letter to Congress: IEP is Not a Tool for Accountability
The CCD Task Force on Education is made up of almost 60 national organizations concerned about the education of students with disabilities and the participation of parents in the educational process
(March 17,  2010) - Download [ PDF ] - Download [ WORD ]
Education Task Force
Education Task Force Annual Report
(January 6,  2010) - Download [ PDF ] - Download [ WORD ]
 
 
  2009
 
Education Task Force
Comments to the National Assessment Governing Board
(February 23,  2009) - Download [ PDF ]
Education Task Force
Education Task Force Annual Report
(January 2,  2009) - Download [ PDF ] - Download [ WORD ]