Important News Updates

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On the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), we celebrate this historic legislation, which echoed our Nation's founding promise to recognize and secure the equal rights of all men and women.  Today, we reaffirm our commitment to cultivate further opportunities for all Americans to live full and independent lives, and recognize the many contributions enabled by expanded participation of Americans with disabilities in our society.


President George H.W. Bush signed the ADA into law on July 26, 1990.  It has transformed the lives of millions of Americans living with disabilities by promoting their equal access to employment, government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and public transportation.  Today, people of all ages with disabilities are better able to thrive in the community, pursue careers, contribute to our economy, and fully participate in American society.


Our Nation must continue to build upon this foundation and continue to further the participation of the more than 56 million Americans living with disabilities.  My Administration continues to encourage research that will lead to advancements in technology, medicine, and other fields and better enable independent living.  We are also expanding and promoting equal education and employment opportunities for Americans with disabilities to live and work.  In this regard, in June of last year, I signed an Executive Order to develop more apprenticeship programs for all people, including those with disabilities.  Additional training will encourage better involvement from businesses and allow people with disabilities to contribute meaningfully to a wide variety of industries.


As we commemorate the anniversary of the ADA, we recommit ourselves to fostering an environment in which all Americans have the opportunity to pursue the American Dream.


NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim July 26, 2018, as a day in celebration of the 28th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  I call upon all Americans to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities that celebrate the contributions of Americans with disabilities and to renew our commitment to achieving the promise of our freedom for all Americans.


     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this

twenty-fifth day of July, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.




OPPOSE the PROSPER Act (H.R.4508)

Hello, MD-CEC Members, please take a few minutes to let members of Congress know how you feel:

Tell your member of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives to OPPOSE the PROSPER Act (H.R.4508) that seeks to reauthorize the Higher Education Act. The act will undermine the preparation of highly effective special educators, access to higher education opportunities for youth with disabilities, and eliminates Title II, Teacher Quality Enhancement, the Teach Grant Programs and multiple loan forgiveness programs.
Use CEC’s Legislative Action Center and tell your member of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives to oppose the PROSPER Act (H.R.4508).

MD CEC News Alert: U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos approved Maryland’s State Plan, required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (a.k.a. ESSA).

January 16, 2018

Honorable Karen Salmon
Superintendent of Schools
Maryland Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Dear Superintendent Salmon:

I am pleased to approve Maryland’s consolidated State plan under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), to implement the requirements of covered programs under the ESEA and of the amended McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento Act). I congratulate you on this significant accomplishment.

My decision regarding Maryland’s consolidated State plan is based on input from U.S. Department of Education (Department) staff who reviewed and carefully considered the plan submitted by Maryland. Consistent with ESSA, the Department conducted a peer review of the sections in your consolidated State plan related to Title I, Part A and Title III, Part A of the ESEA and Subtitle B of Title VII of the McKinney-Vento Act. The Department only reviewed information provided in Maryland’s consolidated State plan that was responsive to the Revised State Plan Template for the Consolidated State Plan that was issued on March 13, 2017. I have concluded that Maryland’s consolidated State plan satisfies those requirements. Accordingly, Maryland’s consolidated State plan that was submitted on January 10, 2018, warrants full approval.

Maryland’s consolidated State plan remains in effect for the duration of Maryland’s participation in the programs covered by the plan. Each State is responsible for administering all programs included in its consolidated State plan consistent with all applicable statutory and regulatory requirements even if those requirements are not addressed in Maryland’s plan. Maryland must periodically review and revise the plan as necessary to reflect changes in strategies and covered programs. If Maryland makes significant changes to its consolidated State plan at any time, such as changes to its accountability system or long-term goals, Maryland must submit information about those changes to the Department for review and approval. The Department will provide information on the process for amending a State plan at a later date.

Please be aware that approval of Maryland’s consolidated State plan is not a determination that all the information and data included in the State plan comply with Federal civil rights requirements, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. It is Maryland’s responsibility to comply with these civil rights requirements.

Please note that this letter, with Maryland’s approved consolidated State plan, will be posted on the Department’s website.

It has been a pleasure working with your staff on this review. Please accept my congratulations for Maryland’s approved consolidated State plan. Thank you for the important work that you and your staff are doing to support the transition to the ESSA and most importantly to lead Maryland’s students to achieve at high levels. The Department looks forward to working with you to ensure that all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Betsy DeVos

cc: Honorable Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland

To read Maryland’s State Plan and comments, follow this url:

Update on The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) 

 The US Department of Education has released the final regulations for The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA). MD CEC’s CAN Coordinator, Debi Gartland, attended an Ed Dept meeting on Dec 1st in which the ESSA regulations were highlighted. Here’s the recently released Fact Sheet and remember to bookmark the following to keep up with ESSA: