On Wednesday, Secretary Paige announced... * 3 regional conferences for improving America's schools, based on President Bush's "No Child Left Behind" plan for comprehensive education reform.
* 7 regional public forums to help the Department gather information on the current status & needs of special education across the country in connection with the upcoming reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Details are in 2 press releases (below). ==> A NEWLY REDESIGNED U.S. Department of Education (ED) *website* will be launched the week of October 15. The new design will offer improved navigation and searching, among other features. A snapshot is at www.ed.gov. All information at the current ED website will be available in the new design. For details, please visit us next week at www.ed.gov. http://www.ed.gov/PressReleases/10-2001/10122001-new.html ================================================= Paige Announces Regional Education Conferences in Mobile, Reno & San Antonio -- October 10, 2001 ================================================= U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige today announced that the U.S. Department of Education will host three regional conferences for improving America's schools, based on President Bush's "No Child Left Behind" plan for comprehensive education reform. The 3-day conferences will take place Oct. 17-19 in Mobile, AL; Nov. 13-15 in Reno, NV; & Dec. 17-19 in San Antonio, TX. Teachers, parents, school counselors, state & local education officials, federal program coordinators & others will attend. "President Bush has a bold strategy for reforming our schools & fundamentally changing the culture of education in this country," Paige said. "His No Child Left Behind plan -- the impetus for the soon-to-be finalized Elementary & Secondary Education Act -- will bring much-needed change to schools in this great nation so that we can offer every child a quality education." In Mobile, Paige will address participants on Thursday, Oct. 18, during the 8 a.m. morning plenary session (South Exhibit Hall). The conference takes place at the Mobile Convention Center, & nearly 1,000 educators are expected to attend. Reid Lyon, director of the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development & an advisor to President Bush on research & child development, will speak during Friday's luncheon session. The 3-day meeting is organized as follows: * Day one: U.S. Department of Education priorities & initiatives, reauthorization of the Elementary & Secondary education Act, & federal program-specific workshops; * Day two: in-depth Education Reform Institutes on crosscutting education topics including research & practitioner perspectives; &, * Day three: Critical Issues & Special Interest Seminars. President Bush's proposals are centered around teaching the core academic subjects with methods & materials based on scientific research, improving reading instruction & advancing early childhood cognitive development, accountability for student achievement, increasing flexibility for states & school districts, & expanding parental options. The conferences are designed to help inform & prepare participants for upcoming legislative & programmatic changes & to present a forum for educators to convey how the department can better assist those working at the state & local levels. Participants in the Mobile conference will include educators, parents & government leaders from Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Puerto Rico & the U.S. Virgin Islands. Students from Mobile area schools will provide entertainment during breaks, exhibit their artwork at the conference site, & serve as guides during the October conference. For more information on the conferences, visit http://www.ncbe.gwu.edu/iasconferences ================================================== Education Department Hosts Seven Forums Around the Country on Special Education -- October 10, 2001 ================================================== The first in a series of public meetings with special education experts, educators, parents & advocates is being held today in Salt Lake City by the U.S. Department of Education & hosted by Assistant Secretary for Special Education & Rehabilitative Services Robert Pasternack. The seven regional public forums allow the department to gather information on the current status & needs of special education across the country in connection with the upcoming reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Passed in 1975 to offer America's 6 million students with disabilities a "free, appropriate public education," IDEA is due for reauthorization next year in Congress. President Bush & U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige have pledged to use the upcoming reauthorization as an opportunity to focus on giving students with disabilities access to a quality education & leaving no child behind. In testimony last week before Congress, Paige declared that President Bush & he are "determined to ensure that every child gets a sound education." "All parents have the right to expect high standards in educating their children," Paige told lawmakers. "We can accept no less. This also means excuses are not good enough: We need results. It means raising average performance is not enough: We need to look at all children to ensure that they are learning." In a further effort to improve IDEA, President Bush has created the President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education to study federal, state & local special education programs. The commission, chaired by former Iowa governor Terry Branstad, will deliver recommendations to the president no later than April 30, 2002. To provide the public with opportunities to offer comments, the department's Office of Special Education Programs has scheduled the following forums: * Salt Lake City, UT: Oct 10 * Mobile, AL: Oct 16 & 19 * Minneapolis, MN: Oct 23 * Providence, RI: Nov 5 * Reno, NV: Nov 15 * Washington, DC: Dec 6 * San Antonio, TX: Dec 19 "We have committed to get the input of educators, parents, disability advocates & others to improve the educational opportunities of students with special needs," Pasternack said. The forums in Mobile, Reno & San Antonio will be held in conjunction with the Education Department's regional Improving America's Schools Conferences where department officials annually meet with local & state educators to discuss federal education programs. For more information on the forums, visit the Office of Special Education Program's Web site at http://www.ed.gov/offices/OSERS/OSEP/New/. Below is a complete list of the forums. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Reauthorization Public Forums ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ==> OCT. 10 -- SALT LAKE CITY, UT Location: Salt Lake City Marriott City Center 220 South State Street Salt Lake City, UT Phone: 801-961-8700 Times: 1:30-4:30 p.m. & 6:00-8:00 p.m. Host: Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center (RRC) ==> OCT. 16 & 19 -- MOBILE, AL Oct. 16 Location: Mobile Convention Center, Room 204A One South Water Street Mobile, AL Phone: 334-208-2100 Times: 1:30-4:30 p.m. & 6:00-8:00 p.m. Oct. 19 Location: IAS Conference Mobile Convention Center, Room 204A One South Water Street Mobile, AL Phone: 334-208-2100 Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Host: Southeast RRC ==> OCT. 23 -- MINNEAPOLIS, MN Location: PACER Center 8161 Normandale Boulevard Bloomington, MN Phone: 952-838-9000 Times: 1:30-4:30 p.m. & 6:00-8:00 p.m Host: Great Lakes Area RRC, PACER Center ==> NOV. 5 -- PROVIDENCE, RI Location: Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel 1850 Post Road Warwick, RI Phone: 401-824-0614 Times: 1:30-4:30 p.m. & 6:00-8:00 p.m. Host: Northeast RRC ==> NOV. 15 -- RENO, NV Location: IAS Conference John Ascuaga's Nugget Hotel 1100 Nugget Avenue, Pavilion B Sparks, NV Phone: 778-356-3300 Times: 9:30-11:30 a.m., 1:30-4:30 p.m. & 6:00-8:00 p.m. Host: Western RRC ==> DEC. 6 -- WASHINGTON, D.C. 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