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As you may know the New York Council of Administrators of Special Education (NYCASE), is a subdivision of the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and as such we often work hand in hand in regarding significant Federal and State legislation. Therefore we are sharing an email notice we recently received from CASE/CEC.

 

Call to Action. Your Help is Needed!

NEXT WEEK: DECEMBER 5....
Twitterstorm to #RaiseTheCaps to increase #edfunding
 

Twitterstorm to #RaiseTheCaps to increase #edfunding - Please join CEC's Twitterstorm on Tuesday, Dec. 5, from 10:30-11:30am ET, to encourage Congress to raise the non-defense discretionary (NDD) cap and then allocate more funding for education investments in the final fiscal year 2018 appropriations bill. We hope all Twitter-using NYCASE and CEC members will tweet during that one hour using the hash tags #RaiseTheCaps and #edfunding, using your best examples of why federal investments are so important.

Sample tweets

  • Federal investment in education is almost $1 billion less than in 2010, excl. Pell grants. Congress must #RaiseTheCaps to increase #edfunding
  • Congress is poised to cut #edfunding, which is only 2% of fed budget. Ask Congress to invest in ed - fact sheets& sample letter at cef.org/advocacy/how-you-can-help/
  • Tell Congress to #RaiseTheCaps and make #edfunding a priority! Sample letter & fact sheets at cef.org/advocacy/how-you-can-help/
  • Congress is deciding the 2018 budget - ask your Rep/Sen to #RaiseTheCaps to increase #edfunding. Sample letter& info at cef.org/advocacy/how-you-can-help/
  • Congress needs to increase #edfunding in FY2018 appropriations -longer term goal is to reach 5% of budget
Charts available to tweet
(scroll to "2017 Advocacy Toolkit charts" for tweetable versions)
  • 2018 Education Funding Far Below 2010 Level Excluding Pell Grants
  • Education Funding Bill Cut the Most in 2018
  • Education Accounts for Just 2% of All Federal Spending
  • Non-Defense Discretionary Levels
Fact sheets
  • 5 Cents Makes Sense campaign to increase education investment to 5% of the federal budget
  • Why we need a larger federal investment in education
  • Myth v Fact on education funding
     
Thank you for all you do EVERYDAY!

Luann Purcell

Executive Director
Council of Administrators of Special Education
 

2017 CASE Legislative Platform

In addtion to the Call to Action the CASE Legislative platform is posted here. Click HERE For Details.

 

 

Karen Norlander: Recipient of the
Friend of Special Education Award 


New York Council of Administrators of Special Education (NYCASE)
Co-Presidents Dr. Heidi McCarthy and
Ms. Margaret Schlegel awarded Karen Norlander the 2017 Friend ofSpecial Education Award. She was honored in Saratoga Springs recently at the organization’s Summer Institute.

The New York Council of
Administrators of Special Education (NYCASE) has established the "Friend of Special Education" Award to recognize the lifetime achievement of an individual who has advocated for the needs of students with disabilities and their families by influencing the development of policy or legislation.


Dr. McCarthy spoke to those attending the Summer Institute about the many accomplishments and dedication Karen Norlander has demonstrated in her service to others. She is recognized as one of our State’s leading authorities on special education law. Through the years, Karen has helped shape the law and practice in that field, with key cases, guidance and insight.  With her career spanning over 30 years, Karen is still leading the way for schools, advocates and attorneys in all things IDEA. Her knowledge, compassion and dedication to the field of Special Education is immeasurable.


Colleagues expressed how Karen’s work has influenced the law and practices in Special Education. They also spoke of Karen’s compassionate service to others. Prior to her current work as an attorney with the Albany law firm of Girvin and Ferlazzo, she was a managing attorney for the New York State Education Department. During her time at the Department she led the way in the non-confrontational dispute resolution process. Her leadership resulted is many successes under the most challenging circumstances. Karen has worked with numerous school districts, school administrators and parents offering support and guidance in meeting new expectations and fostering win-win resolutions for all involved. Her success may have stemmed from Karen’s first profession as social worker and advocate for individuals with disabilities. When the Education for all Handicapped Children’s Act came to fruition Karen began law school and continued her work on behalf of individuals with disabilities. Over 30 years later Karen truly remains a “Friend of Special Education”.

 

Oceanside Special Education Director Named

Administrator of the Year


This July, the New York Council of Administrators of Special Education, or NYCASE, has named Debra Kienke, the Oceanside School District’s director of special education, as 2017’s Special Education Administrator of the Year. Kienke was selected for the honor out of a pool of special education administrators from across New York State, according to a release. “There is no question that she is perceived as a leader among leaders,” school Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Harrington, who nominated Kienke for the award, said.


“Deb has established a high level of trust and respect with a wide variety of constituents. Her strong interpersonal skills and vast knowledge and expertise regarding special education at all levels add to her success in implementing programs and supports for students with disabilities,” Meg Schlegal, a co-president of NYCASE said in a statement.

 

Kienke has been credited with creating a vocational lab at the Oceanside Middle School and community-based job sites for high school students with the purpose of preparing students with disabilities for employment after college.

 

In addition to being named Administrator of the Year, Kienke has served as a president of the Long Island Association of Special Education Administrators, as well as the South Shore Consortium.

 

 

The Special Education Administrator according to National CASE:

  • Makes serving and supporting exceptional children and their parents the primary responsibility;

  • Strives to be proficient in current professional practice;
  • Supports study and research guided by the conventions of scholarly inquire;
  • Respects the privacy of students and parents and holds as confidential information in accordance with State/Provincial and Federal laws;
  • Regards colleagues, parents and students with respect, courtesy, fairness, and good faith;
  • Upholds and advances the values, ethics knowledge and mission of the profession;
  • Fosters and supports maximum self-determination and independence on the part of exceptional children;
  • Utilizes impartial professional judgment in evaluating the needs of exceptional children and their parents;
  • Accepts the responsibility to provide meaningful training experiences to colleagues, general educators, and the public;
  • Promotes the general welfare of exceptional children.

 

 

 
  • Advocacy Toolkit - We've created the attached toolkit that has sample tweets, a letter to Congress, and links to charts and fact sheets you can use. The materials are also listed below and on CEF's website here.
  • Sample tweets
    • Federal investment in education is almost $1 billion less than in 2010, excl. Pell grants. Congress must #RaiseTheCaps to increase #edfunding
    • Congress is poised to cut #edfunding, which is only 2% of fed budget. Ask Congress to invest in ed - fact sheets& sample letter at cef.org/advocacy/how-you-can-help/
    • Tell Congress to #RaiseTheCaps and make #edfunding a priority! Sample letter & fact sheets at cef.org/advocacy/how-you-can-help/
    • Congress is deciding the 2018 budget - ask your Rep/Sen to #RaiseTheCaps to increase #edfunding. Sample letter& info at cef.org/advocacy/how-you-can-help/
    • Congress needs to increase #edfunding in FY2018 appropriations -longer term goal is to reach 5% of budget
    • Advocacy Toolkit - We've created the attached toolkit that has sample tweets, a letter to Congress, and links to charts and fact sheets you can use. The materials are also listed below and on CEF's website here.
    • Sample tweets
      • Federal investment in education is almost $1 billion less than in 2010, excl. Pell grants. Congress must #RaiseTheCaps to increase #edfunding
      • Congress is poised to cut #edfunding, which is only 2% of fed budget. Ask Congress to invest in ed - fact sheets& sample letter at cef.org/advocacy/how-you-can-help/
      • Tell Congress to #RaiseTheCaps and make #edfunding a priority! Sample letter & fact sheets at cef.org/advocacy/how-you-can-help/
      • Congress is deciding the 2018 budget - ask your Rep/Sen to #RaiseTheCaps to increase #edfunding. Sample letter& info at cef.org/advocacy/how-you-can-help/
      • Congress needs to increase #edfunding in FY2018 appropriations -longer term goal is to reach 5% of budget
      Charts available to tweet
      (scroll to "2017 Advocacy Toolkit charts" for tweetable versions)
      • 2018 Education Funding Far Below 2010 Level Excluding Pell Grants
      • Education Funding Bill Cut the Most in 2018
      • Education Accounts for Just 2% of All Federal Spending
      • Non-Defense Discretionary Levels

      Fact sheets

      • 5 Cents Makes Sense campaign to increase education investment to 5% of the federal budget
      • Why we need a larger federal investment in education
      • Myth v Fact on education funding
         
      Thank you for all you do EVERYDAY!
       
      Luann Purcell

      Executive Director
      Council of Administrators of Special Education

       

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