In this Issue:
Source: Dept. of Education News Release - October 24, 2002
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Bill Hansen today released a new guide to education funding, Resources + Reforms = Results: President Bush's Commitment to Our Nation's School Children, to help better explain the Bush administration's financial commitment to the nation's schools and students... The 14-page document highlights the major overall increase in Education Department funding, as well as historic investments in key programs, such as Title I, special education, teachers and teacher quality, reading, English language acquisition and higher education.
To read the press release and a link to the full report in both Word go to: http://www2.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2002/10/10242002.html
To access the full report in pdf format go to: http://www2.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2002/10/102402BudgetResourcesandReforms.pdf
Source: DDS Press Release - October 17, 2002
The unprecedented increase in autism in California
is real and cannot be explained away by artificial factors, such as misclassification
and criteria changes, according to the results of a large statewide epidemiological
study. "Speculation about the increase in autism in California has
led some to try to explain it away as a statistical issue or with other
factors that artificially inflated the numbers," said UC Davis pediatric
epidemiologist Robert S. Byrd, who is the principal investigator on the
study. "Instead, we found that autism is on the rise in the state and we
still do not know why. Key findings of the study are summarized in the
press release at: http://www.dds.ca.gov/autism/MINDEPIDEMIOLOGYSTUDY.htm
The full report of principal findings is available online at: http://www.dds.ca.gov/autism/mindreport.cfm
Source: What's New in OSEP - October 2002
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education, along with the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services, sponsored a Workshop, July 24 - 26, 2002, on Children Exposed to Violence. A summary of the Conference is now available in Word format at http://www2.ed.gov/rschstat/research/pubs/cev-final-report.doc
Source: www.dol.gov - October 21, 2002
On October 21, 2002, Dept. of Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao unveiled DisabilityInfo.gov,
a new web site for people with disabilities. DisabilityInfo.gov is
the result of a collaborative effort across multiple federal agencies.
Containing information on civil rights, education, employment, housing,
health care, technology and transportation, among other subjects, the site
is designed to be a one-stop source of government information relevant
to people with disabilities, their families, employers, and service providers.
The site was developed in response to an Executive Memorandum issued by
President George W. Bush on August 28, 2002, directing federal agencies
to develop a web site for people with disabilities within 60 days.
Go to: http://www.disabilityinfo.gov/digov-public/public/DisplayPage.do?parentFolderId=500
Source: Today's GAO Reports - October 18, 2002
The following new report from the Government Accounting
Office is now available online: Child Care: States Exercise Flexibility
in Setting Reimbursement Rates and Providing Access for Low-Income Children.
Go to: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d02894.pdf