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Volume 1, Issue 1

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Inside This Issue:

  • House Bill 3681 – Interdistrict Transfers
  • Oregon r.i.s.e. Center Conference
  • National Indian Parent Information Center
  • Oregon Opportunities: College Scholarships

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April 27 & 28, 2012 at the Portland Airport Sheraton


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This tool, from the U.S. Department of Labor, provides a snapshot of your chances of finding a job in a particular field based on your education and experience, desired income level and preferred employment location. Use this tool to select an occupation and industry, a state and locality, an education level and a wage level. This information will be used to create your “employability profile” to help you make good career choices. After completing your profile you will be led to a list of job banks and job training resources in your state.

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The Tucson division of the Casey Family Programs created Ready, Set, Fly! for several reasons. First, staff needed a resource that would help them work more easily with families and youth to teach life skills. While parents had resources that described what skills youth should be building, they lacked concrete activities which would help them teach these skills in their own homes. Second, the Tucson staff also wanted a guide to help parents become aware of the “teachable moments” in everyday life that provide opportunities for teaching skills. To meet these needs, a fun, user-friendly instruction book containing developmentally arranged activities was created.

This book addresses Daily Living Skills; Housing, Transportation & Community Resources; Money Management; Self-Care; Social Development; and Work & Study Skills.  You can download this free book at: http://www.caseylifeskills.org/pages/res/rsf%5CRSF.pdf

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The U.S. Department of Education is seeking comments for proposed changes to Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations by May 23, 2011.Student privacy is an important issue, and we hope the following information is helpful to you.

In the April 8th Federal Register, there was a notice from the Department of Education with proposed changes to the regulations for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (see: http://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2011/04/08/2011-8205/family-educational-rights-and-privacy#p-31 ).The changes would allow increased access to student-level data for research and evaluation purposes without informing parents or having parents give their consent.

Some of the specific proposed provisions include:

1.       State and local education officials (without written parent consent) would be authorized to disclose identifiable student data to any designated entity or person for the purpose of evaluation, auditing, or enforcing federal compliance with state- or federal-supported education programs.

2.       Postsecondary institutions or data systems can disclose student data back to K-12 data systems of school districts for the purpose of evaluation how well the district had prepared students for college.

3.       States will be able to disclose student-level data for research studies.  This is the first time that the research provision in FERPA is applicable to student-level data from states.

How to Make Comments:

The U.S. Department of Education is requesting comments on these proposed changes which must be submitted through the eRulemaking portal by May 23, 2011. ( http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=ED-2011-OM-0002-0001 ).

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The State Advisory Council on Special Education is currently accepting applications for membership.  Applications can be downloaded at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/groups/advisorycouncils/sacse/sacseapplication.pdf

Membership must be representative of the State population and be involved in, or concerned with, the education of children with disabilities. A majority of the members must be individuals with disabilities or parents of children with disabilities (ages birth through 26).


Advise the State of unmet needs in the education of children with disabilities, comment publicly on any rules or regulations proposed by the State regarding the education of students with disabilities, advise the State in developing evaluations and reporting data to the U.S. Office of Special Education, advise the State in developing corrective action plans to address findings identified in federal monitoring reports and advise the State in developing and implementing services for children with disabilities (34 CFR 300.169).

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The Federal Department of Education has issued guidance to support educators in combating bullying in schools by clarifying when student bullying may violate federal education anti-discrimination laws. The guidance issued also makes clear that while current laws enforced by the department do not protect against harassment based on religion or sexual orientation, they do include protection against harassment of members of religious groups based on shared ethnic characteristics as well as gender and sexual harassment of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender individuals.

The guidance, which comes in the form of a “Dear Colleague” letter sent to schools, colleges and universities, explains educators’ legal obligations to protect students from student-on-student racial and national origin harassment, sexual and gender-based harassment, and disability harassment. The letter provides examples of harassment and illustrates how a school should respond in each case.

The White House and Department of Education also announced next steps to address bullying and harassment in schools. Early next year, the White House will host a conference to raise awareness and equip young people, parents, educators, coaches and other community leaders with tools to prevent bullying and harassment. This conference will build upon efforts led by the U.S. Department of Education and other federal agencies to spark a dialogue on the ways in which communities can come together to prevent bullying and harassment.

“We’ve got to dispel the myth that bullying is just a normal rite of passage, or an inevitable part of growing up. It’s not,” said President Obama. “We have an obligation to ensure that our schools are safe for all of our kids. Every single young person deserves the opportunity to learn and grow and achieve their potential, without having to worry about the constant threat of harassment.”

“Bullying is a problem that shouldn’t exist. No one should ever feel harassed or unsafe in a school simply because they act or think or dress differently than others,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “To every student who feels threatened or harassed-for whatever reason-please know that you are not alone. Please know that there are people who love you. And please know that we will protect you,” Duncan continued.

“Students cannot learn if they feel threatened or harassed,” said Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Russlynn Ali. “We want to keep students safe and learning, and this guidance will help us do that.”

Following the release, the Department plans to hold technical assistance workshops around the country in early 2011 to help educators better understand their obligations and the resources available to take prompt and effective steps that will end harassment and bullying in schools and on college campuses.

The guidance is just one of several efforts in the Department of Education’s comprehensive approach to end bullying. In 2009, the Department joined the Departments of Defense, Justice, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, and the Interior to form the Obama Administrations Inter-Agency Task Force on Bullying. In August of this year, the Obama administration hosted the first ever National Bullying Summit and launched both the Stop Bullying Now Campaign and http://www.bullyinginfo.org, a national database of effective anti-bullying programs.

For more information about OCR and the anti-discrimination statutes that it enforces, please visit http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/aboutocr.html. To review the “Dear Colleague” letter, please visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201010.html.

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