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President's Message

Spring 2016
Advocacy and Membership:
Twin Goals of CEC-DR

Elizabeth (Betsy) Talbott         
University of Illinois at Chicago

 
 

This past fall special education researchers from around the country rallied to raise the caps on federal spending and make the case that funding for the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) should not be cut. We were successful on both counts. Yet, we must remain vigilant. Members of the Freedom Caucus in Congress wish to revisit the topic of funding caps, even as Congress faces pressure to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health, tackle the Zika virus, and help the people of Flint, Michigan, in light of their water disaster. Funding for all of these efforts comes from the same pot as money needed to fund NCSER, and we do seek to increase funding for NCSER. Continue reading



Research Policy and Funding

1.  DR Joins Labor-HHS-ED Community in Urging Higher Federal Spending in FY 2017

Now that President Obama has issued his budget request for FY 2017 which begins October 1, 2016, works begins in Congress to develop and pass appropriations bills, hopefully before the start of the new fiscal year.  The Division for Research joined over 600 other organizations in February 2016 in sending a letter to leaders of the US House and Senate appropriations committees urging that they allocate as high a funding level as possible to labor, health, education and related programs and services in the FY 2017 3012(b) allocations for their respective subcommittees.  Each appropriations subcommittee is allocated a certain amount of funding under the full Committee’s 302(a) allocation.  These allocations, which are referred to as 302(b) allocations, establish the cap on spending for each of the appropriations bills.  The subcommittees themselves do not determine the level of funding for each appropriations bill; they only determine how that money is spent among the agencies and programs under the subcommittee’s jurisdiction.  Noting that programs and services of the “Labor-HHS” spending bill continue to be short changed in the annual appropriations process (these programs received a 3.3% increase in 2016 over the 2015 appropriation, while nondefense discretionary programs overall saw a 6.9% increase), this joint letter asks Congressional leaders to take the first step in their appropriations process to re-invest in these programs.

2.  Friends of IES to Hold Capitol Hill Special Education Research Event March 4 - You are Invited!

If you'll be in Washington, DC on March 4, plan to attend this event.  Friends of IES, a collaboration of organizations (including AERA, CEC, APA, NCLD, SRI, Vanderbilt University and others) supporting IES funding and programs, has invited national experts in the field of special education transition to make a presentation for Hill staff and the public highlighting one area of significant IES research investments and outcomes:  Transitioning to Adult Productivity:  Supporting Secondary Students with Disabilities in Successful Movement to College and Career.  This event is designed to help familiarize policy makers with the work of IES, in particular on research supported by the Institute's National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER). Presenters will be:  Mary Wagner (SRI International), David Test (UNC Charlotte), Laurie Powers (Portland State University), and Erik Carter (Vanderbilt University).  Check out the invitation for details and RSVP.


3.  URGENT! Stand Up for Education Research Funding!

The education research community is sending a letter to leaders of the House Appropriations Committee opposing their proposal to slash federal funding for IES-sponsored education research for FY 2016.  Special education research would be cut by more than $18 million to $36 million, the lowest funding level in more than 20 years, and 54% lower than FY 2004 when the special education research program was transferred to IES! If enacted, NCSER would be unable to fund new research grants in the coming year. Similar cuts in funding for NCER are also proposed. The DR Board of Directors strongly urges you to sign-on to the community letter, prepared by LEARN and AERA, as individual researchers, encourage your colleagues to do the same, and  ask your department, college and university to sign on as well.  Sign-ons can be completed online - it will take you only a minute - at: http://goo.gl/forms/9EpbPULi9h .  You can see the letter before you sign-on.  Join DR, CEC and many other organizations and individuals to express your concern. Deadline:  Please sign-on as soon as you read this; the absolute deadline for sign-ons is September 3, 2015!

4.  IES Issues Technical Work Group Recommendations

Two Technical Working Group Summaries Are Now Available: "Practitioner Perspectives on Emerging Research Needs" and "Improving Relevance in Education and Research and Researcher Perspectives on Strengthening IES’s Research Grant and Training Programs".
 

 

Announcements

1.  Initiative on Scientific Publishing 

Dr. Brian Cook, former DR President and University of Hawaii researcher, describes and encourages serious consideration of an approach for changing how research is conducted and reported:  an initiative for journal editors to encourage, if not require, that researchers adhere to practices that promote transparency, openness, and replication. Read about the Center for Open Science’s Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) guidelines to “translate scientific norms and values into concrete actions and change the current incentive structures to drive researchers’ behavior toward more openness.”

2.  DR Business Mtg and Awards Reception 
Join colleagues and friends on Friday April 15, 2016 during the CEC Convention and Expo at the DR Business Meeting (Marriott Westmoreland 5:00-6:15pm) where Student Research Awards will be presented and immediately afterwards at the DR Awards Reception (Marriott Washington 6:30-8:30pm) where DR's faculty research and publication awardees will be honored.  Check the CEC program for DR sessions.
3.  2016 DR Research Awards Announced

The DR Board of Directors is pleased to announce the following recipients of DR's 2016 Research Awards:

Kauffman-Hallahan Distinguished Researcher Award: Dr. Rob Horner
Distinguished Early Career Research Award: Dr. Brian Boyd
Early Career Publication Award: Dr. Alexandra Hollo
Student Research Award: Dr. Debra McKeown, Dr. Elizabeth Bettini, Dr. Alicia F. Saunders and Dr. Melissa K. Driver
Full Awards Announcement

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