November 29, 2004

In this Issue:

  1. The Latest Scoop On IDEA Reauthorization!
      Source: www.nichcy.org - November 22, 2004
  2. Senate Confirms Three Nominations For Education
      Source: CEC Legislative Updates - November 23, 2004
  3. Congress Passes Comprehensive Fiscal Year 2005 Appropriations Bill
      Source: CEC Legislative Updates - November 23, 2004
  4. National Children's Study Enters Implementation Phase
      Source: MCH Alert - November 24, 2004
  5. Annual Survey Finds High-Quality State Preschool Programs Are the Exception, Not the Rule
      Source: NIEER - November 22, 2004

1. The Latest Scoop On IDEA Reauthorization!

Source: www.nichcy.org - November 22, 2004

The unified IDEA bill unveiled by the Conference Committee on Wednesday, November 17, 2004, has been passed by Congress! The House passed the bill by a vote of 397 - 3 on Friday. The Senate immediately followed suit, passing the bill by voice vote Friday night. Now the bill is on to the President for his signature. When that happens, IDEA will officially be reauthorized as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act.

What does the bill contain? For links to the text of the bill, as well as links to press releases and analyses that have emerged over the weekend, go to http://www.nichcy.org/reauth/scoop.htm.

2. Senate Confirms Three Nominations For Education

Source: CEC Legislative Updates - November 23, 2004

The Senate last week confirmed three of President Bush's nominees to serve in the Department of Education. Those confirmations were: Eugene Hickok, of Pennsylvania, to be Deputy Secretary of Education; Edward R. McPherson, of Texas, to be Under Secretary of Education; and John H. Hager, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.

[eNotes readers who wish to find out more about these nominees may go to http://thomas.loc.gov/home/nomis.html and enter individual names in the "Word/Phrase/Name" search box.]

3. Congress Passes Comprehensive Fiscal Year 2005 Appropriations Bill

Source: CEC Legislative Updates - November 23, 2004

Last weekend, Congress passed a comprehensive fiscal year 2005 appropriations bill to fund those federal programs, including education, that had not been funded before September 30, the end of fiscal year 2004... To view the fiscal year 2005 appropriations totals for all education programs for FY 2005, go to http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/budget05/05action.pdf. See page 9 for special education (IDEA) appropriations.

4. National Children's Study Enters Implementation Phase

Source: MCH Alert - November 24, 2004

The National Children's Study, led by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will examine many aspects of children's lives, including family genetics, neighborhoods and schools, chemical exposures, and the social and behavioral environment in which children grow and develop. The Study Plan designates 96 locations across the United States where eligible participants will be recruited, enrolled, and tracked over a 21-year period. It also describes a number of hypotheses designed to address several priority health outcomes, including pregnancy outcomes, child growth and development, injury, asthma, and psychological and emotional health. Information about the National Children's Study, the Study Plan, the locations where the study will be conducted, and the request for proposals for institutions to manage initial study sites and a coordinating center are available at http://www.nationalchildrensstudy.gov/.

[Originally published in MCHAlert 2004 National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health and Georgetown University. Reprinted with permission.]

5. Annual Survey Finds High-Quality State Preschool Programs Are the Exception, Not the Rule

Source: NIEER - November 22, 2004

The second annual survey of state preschool programs found a huge disparity in availability from state to state and even within state boundaries. The report concludes that "across our nation, high- quality and readily available state-funded preschool programs are the exception rather than the rule." To read the full press release go to http://nieer.org/news/index.php?NewsID=947. To access the full report go to http://nieer.org/yearbook/