The American Public Health Association and its Center for School, Health and Education website highlights the role of school-based health services in helping to prevent school dropout and improve graduation rates. In another publication demonstrating the inextricable link between health and academic success, the Center for Society and Health at Virginia Commonwealth University argues the cost effectiveness of public investments to reduce debilitating chronic conditions, save tax dollars and boost economic productivity. And, in recognition that school dropout poses a major threat to public health, the Healthy People 2020 goals include an indicator related to educational achievement for the first time.
On November 12, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, together with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, issued joint guidance that explain that public elementary and secondary students with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities have civil rights to receive effective communication. The guidance is in the form of a letter to educators (available in Spanish) with an attached Frequently Asked Questions document, and is intended to help schools understand and comply with federal legal requirements on meeting the communication needs of students with disabilities. They also released a fact sheet on the guidance for parents (available in Spanish). Please share this information widely with your colleagues, affiliates, and networks.
FERPA Amendments of 2013 Apply to Part B and Part C of IDEA
On May 27, 2014, the USED provided guidance on amendments to the Family Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). These amendments affect the confidentiality provision which applies to Part B and Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Click to see this 18-page letter: FERPA guidance