States, local school districts, and early intervention programs have endured several years of budget cuts at every level, all of which have impacted children and youth with disabilities and the educators who work on their behalf. Now, unless Congress changes the provisions of the Budget Control Act passed last year, every education program will have its federal funding cut by another 8% or even more on January 1, 2013. Join the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), and special guests for a one-hour webinar to explore what this automatic cut means, how you need to plan for it and what we can all do to urge Congress to eliminate this automatic across-the-board cut and pass a responsible deficit plan that invests in education.
Deborah A. Ziegler is the Associate Executive Director for Policy and Advocacy Services at CEC. She has broad public policy experience at the international, national, state, and local levels. Dr. Ziegler works to further the overall goals of CEC through improving policies affecting exceptional children and youth and the professionals who work with them, at all levels of government. In her position, she is responsible for providing leadership and direction for the association's public policy agenda, including policy development, implementation, and analysis; information collection and dissemination; and maintaining a grassroots network of Children and Youth Action Network (CAN) Coordinators.
Lindsay Jones, Esq., is the Senior Director for Policy and Advocacy Services at CEC. She designs CEC's federal legislative strategy and advocates for CEC's policy agenda and legislative priorities before the U.S. Congress and Executive branch departments. Her work focuses on all areas of education law which impact students with disabilities and/or those with gifts and talents, including appropriations. She also develops CEC's advocacy campaigns and works closely with its grassroots Children and Youth Action Network to implement them. Before joining CEC, she was a partner with the law firm of Gust Rosenfeld in Phoenix, Arizona.
Kim Hymes joined CEC's Policy and Advocacy Services Department in July 2005 as the Director for Policy and Advocacy Services. Mrs. Hymes assists in establishing and advocating for CEC's legislative priorities on Capitol Hill and within the U.S. Department of Education. She has been instrumental in developing CEC's recommendations on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, developing analysis of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, and securing Congressional support for programs that impact students with gifts and talents. In addition, Mrs. Hymes works closely with members of CEC's Children and Youth Action Network to strengthen CEC's legislative message in every state. Previously, she served as the Senior Manager for Political Affairs at a health care organization, where she was responsible for managing the organization's political action committee and legislative advocacy network. She graduated from American University in 2002.
Nancy Reder, Esq., has served as NASDSE's Deputy Executive Director and Director of Government Relations for 12 years. She has more than 30 years experience working on policy issues affecting children and families. Ms. Reder worked as a Title I school social worker prior to beginning her public policy career. After completing law school, she began working on policy issues affecting children and families, first for the League of Women Voters Education Fund and then for the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families. She joined NASDSE after working for The Finance Project, a small nonprofit in Washington, D.C. While at The Finance Project, she wrote a book on federal funding for out-of-school time programs, which was turned into a database for Vice President Gore's Reinventing Government Web site. Ms. Reder received her B.A. and M.S.W. degrees from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Catholic University's Columbus School of Law.
CEU: We are not offering CEUs for this webinar.