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IEL and Coalition for Community Schools Statement on The Biden-Harris Administration’s $74 Million Expansion of Full-Service Community Schools

November 30, 2023For Immediate Release Media Contact:Mia Perry PerryM@iel.org The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL)made the following statement following The U.S. Department of Education announcement of $74 million in Full-Service Community Schools (FSCS) grants this week: Eddie Koen, President of IEL, expressed, “We applaud the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to expanding Full-Service Community Schools (FSCS) across the […]

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November 2023 IEL Federal Policy Update

Policy by the People Agenda Summary of federal policy action this past month and a look-ahead to the next few weeks/month I: Mike Johnson elected Speaker of the House: On October 25th, Congressman Mike Johnson (R-LA-4) was elected the 56th Speaker of the House. His election came after three weeks of House Republicans attempting to

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October 2023 IEL Federal Policy Update

Policy by the People Agenda  Summary of federal policy action this past month and a look-ahead to the next few weeks/month  I: Federal Appropriations process extended through a Continuing Resolution: On September 30, President Biden signed a 71-page bill, initiating a continuing resolution to keep the government open until November 17th.   II: Speaker of the

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Opinion: Showering School Districts with Money Means Nothing If We Aren’t Engaging Communities

S. Kwesi Rollins, Senior Vice President for Leadership and Engagement  Despite billions of dollars allocated in federal aid to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of challenges persist that have hindered progress in reading and math for elementary and middle-school students. The pandemic created two years of unprecedented disruptions to typical school-based

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September 2023 IEL Federal Policy Update

Policy by the People Agenda Summary of federal policy action this past month and a look-ahead to the next few weeks/month I: Secretary Cardona’s Back to School Tour: On September 5th, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona started his 2023 Back to School Bus Tour, visiting schools in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. The goal of

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August 2023 IEL Federal Policy Update 

Policy by the People Agenda  Summary of federal policy action this past month and a look-ahead to the next few weeks/month  I: What Borrowers Should Know as Student Loan Payments Restart: The student loan pause that began in March 2020 is set to end in August. Student loan forgiveness repayments are expected to resume after

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IEL Builds on Over 3 Decades of Advocacy to Support People and Youth with Disabilities

Pictured above: Youth and adults from IEL’s Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP) pose in front of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial during the 2023 RAMP Annual Meeting. 33 years ago today, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. This legislation enabled people that were, and still are, categorically discriminated against,

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September 2022 IEL Federal Policy Update

Policy by the People Agenda  Summary of federal policy action this past month and a look-ahead to the next few weeks/month  Student Debt Relief Plan: On August 24th, the Biden-Harris Administration announced a three-part plan to help student loan borrowers pay back their debt, including: forgiving up-to $20,000 in federal student loans, extending the student

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August 2022 IEL Federal Policy Update

Policy by the People Agenda Summary of federal policy action this past month and a look-ahead to the next few weeks/month Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act (H.R.8450): On July 20th, the House Committee on Education and Labor released the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act, the Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill, to address the issue of child

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Partners for Community College Student Success and Economic Growth in Appalachia

The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) hosted a 3-day virtual convening, Partners for Community College Student Success and Economic Growth in Appalachia, designed to bring together experts and learners from across Appalachia to lift up partnerships that grow enrollment, increase student success, and provide a workforce that promotes economic development and regional prosperity. Participants heard

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IEL Statement on Latest Slaughter of School Children in Texas Shooting

Massacre is the deadliest elementary school shooting since Sandy Hook in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012 May 24th, 2022 Today we all mourn the devastating loss of 19 children and two adults that were killed at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Our work at the The Institute for Educational Leadership centers on children and the

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April 2022 IEL Federal Policy Update

Summary of legislative action this past month and a look-ahead to the next few weeks/month Policy by the People Agenda Congress is currently holding hearings in appropriations subcommittees to inform their FY 23 proposed budgets. Please see below for a helpful timeline of the federal budget process (credit to Bloomberg Government, https://about.bgov.com/brief/your-guide-to-navigating-the-federal-budget-process/).  Alongside any advocacy

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Crisis or not, family and community engagement benefits schools

written by Executive Director and President of Attendance Works Hedy Chang and Vice President for Leadership and Engagment at IEL Kwesi Rollins Looking back, we thought the spread of Covid-19 would be under control by the time the new school year began. We thought we would know how to ensure that school buildings provided healthy

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Listen to Us: Youth with Disabilities Speak Up During the Pandemic

What do we know? The prevalence of disability among youth (ages 14-24) is 6.1% nationally, but rates vary from 10.1% in Maine to 4.1% in Hawaii (Cheng & Shaewitz, 2019). In every state, youth with disabilities are less likely to graduate high school, enter and complete postsecondary education, or enter employment (ibid). Youth with disabilities

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IEL Supports Parent Leaders’ call for healthy, equitable, and quality education

On Monday, July 20th, a group of national parent leader organizations released a letter to education leaders and policymakers laying out their clear guidelines for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. In order to safely and equitably resume schooling in the fall amidst the current global pandemic, health and safety must be a priority – for

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Discussing Systemic Racism and Supporting Youth of Color

On Tuesday, June 30th, IEL’s Y-TAC hosted a “Discussion on Systemic Racism and Supporting Youth of Color” as part of Y-TAC’s Virtual Network series of peer-to-peer conversations for VR professionals. Their special guest Hasan Davis joined the discussion to talk about experiences of systemic racism that youth of color with disabilities regularly encounter and implications

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