Please write your members of Congress today using CEC's Legislative Action Center requesting them to:

  • ASSURE special education through IDEA.
  • DELAY vote on DeVos.
  • HOLD a second hearing.

The confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education, was held on January 17. In preparation for the hearing, CEC sent a letter to HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), and all members of the HELP Committee articulating CEC’s policies and positions on key issues in special and gifted education and early intervention, and urging the clarification of these issues by DeVos during the hearing. Many of the issues CEC outlines in the letter were raised during the hearing, though not definitively answered by DeVos. The full recording of the hearing is available to view on the Senate HELP Committee website.

In response to the DeVos confirmation hearing, CEC has published a Policy Insider blog post which summarizes the hearing proceedings. Based on the hearing CEC is concerned primarily that DeVos did not commit to upholding the basic tenets of IDEA.

As a result of advocacy by CEC, its members, and other groups, the Senate HELP Committee vote has been delayed until January 31. Today, the Democratic and Independent members of the HELP Committee sent a letter to Chairman Alexander asking for a second hearing on the nominee. Our advocacy work is not done. Keep the pressure on ALL members of Congress.

Thank you for your advocacy to continue to guarantee the civil rights of all children and youth with disabilities and their families. 

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