Friday, September 20, 2013
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, a statute that requires accomodations and education plans for students with disabilities across the nation, turns 40 years old next week. The Department of Education is hosting an event to honor the day. The details are as follows:
Celebrating Forty Years of Learning Under Section 504
Please join the U.S. Department of Education for Section 504’s 40th anniversary event, “Forty Years of Learning Under Section 504,” on September 26, 2013. Experts, youth, and leaders in the disability communities of the past, present, and future will join senior Administration officials, including Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, to discuss the importance of Section 504 and help honor its 40th anniversary. The event will emphasize the importance of accommodations, specifically in education, and highlight today’s leaders in the youth disability communities and individuals who worked to help pass the law as youth in the 1970s.
Please join the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice for a panel discussion, “Creating and Supporting Diversity in Higher Education,” on September 27, 2013 from 9:30-11:00am ET at the U.S. Department of Justice. Higher education leaders will join Catherine E. Lhamon, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights for the U.S. Department of Education, and Jocelyn Samuels, Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights for the U.S. Department of Justice, to discuss the importance of creating and supporting diversity on college campuses and the parameters for using in race in admissions as stated by the U.S. Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. Martha Kanter, Under Secretary of Education, will deliver opening remarks, and Ada Meloy, General Counsel for the American Council on Education, will moderate the discussion. The event will coincide with the release of a document, “Questions and Answers About Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin,” developed jointly by the Departments.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Penn State’s College of Education will host an interdisciplinary civil rights conference June 6-7, 2014.
The primary goal of the conference is to address the inability of many students of color to access high-quality pre–K through higher education — still uneven for young people from historically marginalized groups and/or in many urban and increasingly in suburban settings. While many policy proposals have focused on access to education, there has been much less attention to racial inequality and segregation in access to P–20 education, even as the percentage of students of color is rapidly increasing. This conference seeks to explore what strategies have been effective in expanding educational opportunities for these students — and how we can implement additional best practices that will ensure equity in public education for the future.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
The U.S. Office of Special Education is holding its national conference right now, and Jim Gerl at the Special Education Law Blog is live blogging the OSEP conference. Solutions about shutting down the school to prison pipeline is being discussed at the conference, including restorative justice principles. OSEP is making the conference materials available here.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
The Section on Education Law of the Association of American Law Schools issues this call for papers in connection with its program at the AALS annual meeting Jan. 2-5, 2014 in New York City. The program topic is “Law and the Education of Students with Disabilities,” and will be co-sponsored by the Section on Disability Law.
Law and the Education of Students with Disabilities
For generations, public schools excluded students with disabilities or shunted them into separate and inadequate programs. In the wake of Brown v. Board of Education, parents of students with disabilities began demanding full and equal educational opportunity for their children. Landmark court cases and legislation followed. In what is now a mature legal regime dominated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and other statutory provisions, new challenges have emerged: insuring high achievement, preventing racially segregated placements, dealing with charter schools and other choice initiatives, optimizing inclusive education, and calibrating remedies for denials of appropriate education. A panel of distinguished experts in education and law, including Thomas Hehir of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Robert Garda of the Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, and Terry Jean Seligmann of the Drexel University School of Law, will address pressing legal issues in the schooling of students with disabilities. One additional speaker will be selected from a call for papers.
The Section on Education Law is now soliciting papers analyzing current legal problems regarding education of students with disabilities. The author of the paper that is selected will be invited to join the panel at the Education Law program in January and will also be offered publication of the paper in the DePaul Journal for Social Justice.
Deadline Date for Submission: September 1, 2013.
Proposal Requirements: Individuals wishing to be considered should submit an abstract of 200-350 words and a draft paper evidencing substantial work towards a final product. Preference will be given to scholarly contributions that offer a novel insight on issues that relate to the program topic. The expectation is that the paper will be completed by January 1, 2014. Submit by email to Prof. Mark C. Weber, DePaul Univ. College of Law, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eligibility: Only full-time faculty members of AALS member schools are eligible to submit papers. Faculty at fee-paid schools, foreign, visiting, and adjunct faculty members, and graduate students and fellows are not eligible to submit.
Selection: The paper will be selected by a committee consisting of members of the AALS Section on Education Law. The author of the accepted paper will be offered publication in the DePaul Journal for Social Justice, but the author may publish the paper elsewhere if he or she chooses. All law school panelists will be responsible for paying their annual meeting registration fee and expenses.
Monday, July 8, 2013
The Century Foundation is hosting the following event next week:
Affirmative Action and Fisher: What Now?
July 19, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at The Century Foundation D.C. Office
1333 H Street, NW, 10th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20005
Although the U.S. Supreme Court remanded the case of Fisher v. University of Texas to a lower court for further review, the justices laid out a new, tougher, set of rules for using race that require universities first to examine "race-neutral alternatives." What are the benefits and drawbacks of various options: Providing a leg up to economically disadvantaged students of all races? Admitting students in the top percentage of their high school class, irrespective of test scores? Creating new partnerships between universities and high schools? Facilitating transfers from community colleges? Eliminating legacy preferences for the children of alumni?
Anthony P. Carnevale, Director, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
Jennifer Gratz, Founder and CEO, XIV Foundation, and plaintiff in Gratz
Lani Guinier, Bennett Boskey Professor of Law, Harvard Law School Nancy McDuff, Associate Vice President for Admissions and Enrollment Management, The University of Georgia
Richard D. Kahlenberg, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation
Nancy McDuff, Associate Vice President for Admissions and Enrollment Management, The University of Georgia
Jamaal Abdul-Alim, contributing writer, Diverse Issues in Higher Education (moderator)
Friday, May 31, 2013
The Fordham Urban Law Journal is soliciting articles for its upcoming special issue: New IDEAs: How to Adequately Educate Urban Schoolchildren with Disabilities. This issue of the Journal will address many of the shortfalls of the IDEA, as well as possible legal remedies or reforms that will help to support the IDEA’s goals. The journal is particularly interested in including articles that address, critique, or voice concerns over how the IDEA is currently applied in urban schools and articles that propose reforms or remedies so that urban school children will have an appropriate education, including: Funding (for example, disparities in federal, state, and local funding; reimbursement to parents for accommodations); Implementation of the Act (for example, hiring or assessing qualified special education teachers, overly bureaucratic procedures,
or other administrative difficulties); Educational Quality between Districts, Cities, and Socioeconomic Groups; Judicial Review (for example, the requirement that parents must appeal to an administrative body first before they are given a right to appeal to a civil court); Early Identification and Intervention
If you are interested in submitting an article for publication, please submit a one-page proposal as soon as possible. Articles will be selected on a rolling basis. The Fordham Urban Law Journal requires articles to be between 10,000 and 25,000 words, including text and footnotes.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Upcoming Conference and Report on Community Colleges as a Bridge to Higher Educational and Economic Opportunity
Rick Kalhenberg and the Century Foundation are hosting "Bridging the Higher Education Divide:
Strengthening Community Colleges and Restoring the American Dream" next week in Washington, DC. See below for more details. The Century Foundation will be releasing its report on the subject there as well. For those who cannot make it, it will be webcast. I will update this post with the link when it is available.
Bridging the Higher Education Divide:
Strengthening Community Colleges and Restoring the American Dream
Thursday, May 23, 2013 11:00-12:30 (panel discussion) to be followed by
Knight Conference Center at Newseum, 8th Floor
555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
(Entrance located on 6th Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and C Street)
Community colleges are more important than ever to American economic competitiveness and social mobility, yet more than half of entering students fail to receive a certificate or degree within six years. Many fine efforts are being pursued to scale up best practices at community colleges, but should we go further and rethink the basic ways in which two-year institutions are financed and governed? Please join us for the release of the report of The Century Foundation Task Force on Preventing Community Colleges from Becoming Separate and Unequal. Learn more about the 22-member Task Force, which was supported by the Ford Foundation and co-chaired by Eduardo Padrón and Anthony Marx. The forum will feature:
Martha J. Kanter, Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
Anthony Marx, President, New York Public Library and Former President, Amherst College (Task Force Co-Chair)
Eduardo Padrón, President, Miami Dade College (Task Force Co-Chair)
Richard D. Kahlenberg, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation (Task Force Executive Director)
Isaac Cameron, Former Student, Highline Community College, and Amherst College Graduate