One For All

Applications for New Awards; Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals With Disabilities-Research and Development Center on Developing Software To Adapt and Customize Instruction in Digital Learning Environments To Improve Results for Children With Disabilities

Purpose of Program: The purposes of the Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities Program are to: (1) Improve results for students with disabilities by promoting the development, demonstration, and use of technology; (2) support educational activities designed to be of educational value in the classroom for students with disabilities; (3) provide support for captioning and video description that is appropriate for use in the classroom; and (4) provide accessible educational materials to students with disabilities in a timely manner.

Estimated Available Funds: The Further Continuing and Security Assistance Appropriations Act, 2017, would provide, on an annualized basis, $30,047,000 for the Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities program, of which we would use an estimated $1,000,000 for this competition.

Estimated Number of Awards: 1

Applications for New Awards; Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals With Disabilities-Educational Materials in Accessible Formats for Children and Students With Visual Impairments and Print Disabilities

Purpose of Program: The purposes of the Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities Program are to: (1) Improve results for students with disabilities by promoting the development, demonstration, and use of technology; (2) support educational activities designed to be of educational value in the classroom for students with disabilities; (3) provide support for captioning and video description that is appropriate for use in the classroom; and (4) provide accessible educational materials to students with disabilities in a timely manner.

Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested $30,047,000 for the Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities program for FY 2017, of which we intend to use an estimated $8,500,000 for this competition.

Estimated Number of Awards: 1.

Two awards totalling over $9 million dollars is not an opportunity to serve students but to add to the coffers of corporations that siphon educational dollars away from actually educating our children.

All children deserve access to all educational technology so that all can be educationally successful.

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Is Enough Enough

From the Federal Register:

Applications for New Awards; Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program

The Department of Education is issuing a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year 2017 for the Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number 84.335A.

Purpose of Program: The CCAMPIS Program supports the participation of low-income parents in postsecondary education through provision of campus-based child care services.

Absolute Priority 1: Projects that are designed to leverage significant local or institutional resources, including in-kind contributions, to support the activities assisted under section 419N of the HEA.

Absolute Priority 2: Projects that are designed to utilize a sliding fee scale for child care services provided under section 419N of the HEA in order to support a high number of low-income parents pursuing postsecondary education at the institution.

Type of Award: Discretionary grants.

Estimated Available Funds: $8,549,000.

Estimated Range of Awards: $10,000 to $375,000.

Estimated Average Size of Awards: $118,730.

Estimated Number of Awards: 72.

Eligible Applicants: Any institution of higher education that during FY 2016 awarded a total of $350,000 or more of Federal Pell Grant funds to students enrolled at the institution. Institutions that currently have a CCAMPIS Program grant with a project ending in 2017 or 2018 are eligible to apply for a new grant during this FY 2017 competition.

The highest full time market rate for day care in the State is:
WEEKLY $371
PART-DAY $40
DAILY $60.00
HOURLY $17.00

Minimum wage is New York State is $10.50 per hour, $6.50 less than the cost of child care.

The federal government has colleges competing for funds to provide child care to low income parents who wish to obtain a college degree. This should not be a competition for funding, this should be available to all higher education institutions in an effort to alleviate poverty.

The high cost of day care makes it easier to remain on Social Services than to attend college or gain employment.

Single parent households make up the largest group of impoverished individuals. They remain in this condition because day care is expensive and the care given is questionable at the low-income level.

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Privacy Is No Longer Private

This handbook is being distributed to parents, “Parent Toolkit for Student Privacy” which can be downloaded for free at http://www.studentprivacymatters.org/toolkit.

SECTION III: Tips for parents looking to protect their student’s privacy gives this information and advice:

Education technology is big business! In February 2015, the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) estimated the value of the PreK-12 educational software and digital content
market at $8.38 billion. . . If the school or district is not paying for the classroom app or online program, the company is most likely profiting from your child’s information in some other way. . .

A 2010 study by Fordham Law School found that “95% of districts rely on vendors for a diverse range of functions including data collection and mining related to student performance, support for classroom activities, student guidance, data hosting, as well as special services such as cafeteria payments and transportation planning.”

ASK YOUR PRINCIPAL how to opt out of “directory information” to prohibit the school from sharing personal information with some third-parties as is your right under the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act or FERPA. Your school should provide you these ASK YOUR PRINCIPAL how to opt out of “directory information” to prohibit the school from sharing personal information with some third-parties as is your right under the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act or FERPA. Your school should provide you these

WHEN REGISTERING YOUR CHILDREN for College Board’s PSAT/SAT or ACT exams, do not check the box to opt into sharing extraneous personal information with colleges or other organizations, and do not provide these companies with any unnecessary information. Your children may also be asked to provide personal information again on exam day; they should be discouraged from checking the box or providing anything other than name, grade, school, and other details required to take the test. When students fill in this additional information, the data is often sold by the testing companies to colleges and others, to be used for marketing and recruitment, or to help colleges decide who to accept or reject.

Stop your children from being sold now.

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Every Child, Every Opportunity

Federal Register:

Applications for New Awards; Technical Assistance and Dissemination To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities-Model Demonstration Projects To Improve Algebraic Reasoning for Students With Disabilities in Middle and High School

Purpose of Program: The purpose of the Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities program is to promote academic achievement and to improve results for children with disabilities by providing technical assistance (TA), supporting model demonstration projects, disseminating useful information, and implementing activities that are supported by scientifically based research.

Type of Award: Cooperative agreements.

Estimated Available Funds: The Further Continuing and Security Assistance Appropriations Act, 2017, would provide $54,345,000 for the Technical Assistance and Dissemination To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities program for FY 2017, of which we intend to use an estimated $1,200,000 for this competition (per year divided between the three new projects).

Estimated Range of Awards: $375,000 to $400,000 per year.
Estimated Average Size of Awards: $400,000 per year.
Estimated Number of Awards: 3.

Federal Register:

Applications for New Awards; Technical Assistance and Dissemination To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities-National Center To Enhance Educational Systems To Promote the Use of Practices Supported by Evidence

Purpose of Program: The purpose of the Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities program is to promote academic achievement and to improve results for children with disabilities by providing technical assistance (TA), supporting model demonstration projects, disseminating useful information, and implementing activities that are supported by scientifically based research.

Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested $54,345,000 for the Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities program for FY 2017, of which we intend to use an estimated $1,100,000 for this competition.

Estimated Number of Awards: 1.

When we change education to discover, develop and direct the gifts and talents of all children towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens, we will be able to promote the academic achievement and improve results for all children by providing the technical assistance every child deserves without being classified as disabled.

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Fund Education Wisely

From the Federal Register:

Applications for New Awards; Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program

Purpose of Program: The Javits program supports evidence-based research, demonstration projects, innovative strategies, and similar activities designed to build and enhance the ability of elementary and secondary schools nationwide to identify gifted and talented (as defined in this notice) students and meet their special educational needs.

Gifted and talented, when used with respect to students, children, or youth, means students, children, or youth who give evidence of high achievement capability in areas such as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who need services or activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop those capabilities.

Type of Award: Discretionary grants.

Estimated Available Funds: $5,000,000.

Contingent upon the availability of funds and the quality of applications, we may make additional awards in subsequent years from the list of unfunded applications from this competition.

Estimated Range of Awards: $300,000 to $500,000.

Estimated Average Size of Awards: $425,000.

Estimated Number of Awards: 9-12.

Eligible Applicants: State educational agencies; local educational agencies; the Bureau of Indian Education; IHEs; other public agencies; and other private agencies and organizations.

Our federal government believes only some of our children are gifted talented when all of our chidren are gifted and talented in some way.

All children deserve services or activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop those capabilities because currently public schools normalize, standardardize and dehumanize our children making them believe that those who fit the norm are better than those who don’t.

Even those students identified as gifted and talented in our current system of education are made to feel different or odd.

To set aside $5 million dollars to fund nine to twelve agencies when all children deserve to receive an execellent education is a travesty.  We must change our current system of education to one that discovers, develops and directs the gifts and talents all children possess towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens of these United States who will fund education wisely.

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PEAS On The Right Track

TED Talk by Dr. Michael Hynes “Why PEAS Are the Key to a Successful Education” expresses the sentiment that our children are not labels, they are people. He promotes a system of education called PEAS.

PEAS stands for: Physical Growth; Emotional Growth; Academic Growth; Social Growth.

“Dr. Michael Hynes works as a public school superintendent of schools on Long Island. His mission is to spread the message of the importance of a holistic approach to educating children.” (YouTube)

He begins by giving an account of his educational experience as being less than successful. He graduated from high school in the bottom ten percent of his class and his guidance counselor said he was not college material. He explains the school experience using a lightbulb analogy as, a lightbulb that is on, flickering, off, or shattered.

Dr. Hynes says “. . . the reason why we have our children go to school is to reduce their talents and potential.”

“. . . I hate to use the words children with special needs . . . all these labels, all these classifications when the bottom line is, we are all people and they are all children.”

“. . . it is not academic and everything else is secondary, tertiary, everything else is equally as important and that means . . . music and art are just as important as AP Science.”

“. . . Physical education and recess is just as important as Social Studies, it’s just as important as Language Arts, and we have to get rid of the higher status of what we feel is most important and break it down to all four.”

“Our collective responsibility is to insure that we take this educational pendulum, all of us, collectively, and we hang onto it and make sure it goes right back in the middle where there’s balance. PEAS is balance where we are focusing on all those different components, we are not standardizing children anymore, they are not widgits, and ultimately, in the end, when we move this system in the right direction, no other lightbulbs are ever shattered again.”

Reaching success in education means changing the system of education.

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Expanding Rules Or Expanding Data Collection

This article by Bethany Bump, “Regents aim to expand rules for ranking schools” states,

“New York education officials no longer want to rate and rank schools based solely on test scores and graduation rates.

Here are a few examples of how New York wants to change its accountability system:

  • Schools were previously rated based on student performance in English and math. Officials want to start looking at science and social studies performance, too.
  • Schools were previously rated based on four-year graduation rates. The state wants to equally consider five- and six-year graduation rates, as well, to capture students with disabilities or language barriers who may take longer to complete high school.
  • Schools were previously assessed on how well they prepared students for college or career. New York wants to add “civic readiness” to that equation, giving extra points to schools that also prepare students for a life of civic engagement (including, volunteering, voting in local and national elections, running for office, active membership in a group or on a board).
  • Schools were previously rated based on achievement and attainment. Officials want to start measuring growth and progress, as well. One example: Instead of rating schools based on how many students are proficient in math, take into account how many students made gains in math from one year to the next”

While these are excellent  changes in determining the success of a school, they can also be used to precipitate the collection of data on our children that invades their privacy and adds to corporate profits and elitist control.

When a school fails to meet passing grades according to student test scores it diminishes the recognition of student gains.  However, evaluating a school’s ability to provide an excellent education on the post-graduate civic engagement of the student opens the door to extreme and invasive data collection.

We must carefully consider the language used in determining the success or failure of a school when those assessments could invade the privacy of our children.

We must end the invasive collection of data from our children.

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