June 9, 2003

In this Issue:

  1. Department Announces Grant Applications for Parental Information and Resource Centers
      Source: www.ed.gov/PressReleases - June 3, 2003
  2. Head Start Reauthorization: A preliminary analysis of H.R. 2210, the "School Readiness Act of 2003"
      Source: Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) - June 2, 2003
  3. Toll Free Hotline for Air Travelers with Disabilities
      Source: bulletin@list.ncd.gov - June 9, 2003

1. Department Announces Grant Applications for Parental Information and Resource Centers

Source: www.ed.gov/PressReleases - June 3, 2003

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that it is accepting applications for grants to establish and operate Parental Information and Resource Centers. These centers will help parents participate more effectively in their children's education by providing information to school personnel who work with parents; coordinating early childhood programs with school-age programs; and informing the parents of children who attend schools in need of improvement about their options. For complete information go to: http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2003-2/060303a.html OR http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2003-2/060303a.pdf

2. Head Start Reauthorization: A preliminary analysis of H.R. 2210, the "School Readiness Act of 2003"

Source: Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) - June 2, 2003

This year, Congress is scheduled to reauthorize Head Start, a federal-to-local grant program for the provision of early childhood education and comprehensive services, including health, nutrition, parental involvement, social, and other services, for low-income preschool children and their families. On May 22nd, Rep Michael Castle (R-DE), the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Education Reform, House Committee on Education and the Workforce, filed the first reauthorization bill of the process. This preliminary analysis provides section-by-section details on what the bill proposes, noting where questions remain about the meaning and intent of the language. (Publication No. 03-34). To download the full document go to: http://www.clasp.org/publications/HR2210_analysis.pdf

3. Toll Free Hotline for Air Travelers with Disabilities

Source: bulletin@list.ncd.gov - June 9, 2003

Air travelers who want information about the rights of persons with disabilities in air travel or who experience disability-related air travel service problems may call the U.S. Department of Transportation's hotline for air travelers with disabilities: 1-800-778-4838 (voice) or 1-800-455-9880 (TTY).