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February 3, 2017

The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) writes in opposition of H.J. Res 57 (House)

On Friday, February 3, 2017, NDRN sent a letter to the full House opposing H.J. Res 57 which would rescind the accountability regulations under ESSA. read NDRN's letter.

January 5, 2017

Secretary of Education Plays a Vital Role in the Lives of People with Disabilities

 A new President will mean a new Secretary of Education. The impact of the Secretary of Education on people with disabilities cannot be understated. From issues involving education to employment, the decisions of the Secretary have a powerful influence on people with disabilities from birth through NDRN's letter about the vital role the Secretary of Education plays in the lives of students with disabilities.

August 18, 2016

 NDRN Applauds Guidance on Virtual Schools

Education Department says students attending virtual schools entitled to same protections.

August 15, 2016 

NDRN, New Venture Fund Partner to Address Transition  

On July 13, NDRN brought together a diverse group of individuals with an interest in health equity, education or employment for people with disabilities to articulate barriers to successful transition outcomes, identify promising strategies to overcome those barriers and develop concrete recommendations to improve transition outcomes and health equity. The following documents represent the findings and recommendations as well as five Stories of Successful Impact we identified. The meeting and the work leading up to it was sponsored by the New Venture Fund with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

August 5, 2016 

Discipline Guidance Improves Outlook for Students with Disabilities  

Dept. of Ed guidance will have a significant impact on children with disabilities.

August 1, 2016
NDRN Comments to the Department on the Accountability NPRM

NDRN submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Education in response to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for accountability, state plans and data reporting in the Every Students Succeeds Act. To view NDRN’s comments, click here.

 July 26, 2016

NDRN Statement on the Department of Ed’s ADHD Guidance

NDRN is pleased to see the release of a guidance package concerning the rights of students with ADHD.

March 4, 2016
NDRN Attorney Appointed to ESSA Rulemaking Committee

NDRN is thrilled to announce that Senior Staff Attorney Ronald M. Hager will serve on the Department of Education's Negotiated Rulemaking Committee for the Every Student Succeeds Act. Ron has nearly 40 years of experience in disability and education law, and is recognized nationally as an expert in the legal aspects of education. On the committee, Ron will serve as a voting member on behalf of the Civil Rights Community. He is joined in this capacity by Delia Pompa, Migration Policy Institute; Liz King, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; and Janel George, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. 

February 24, 2016
NDRN Announces Support for Dr. John King as Secretary of Education

It is with great pleasure that the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) enthusiastically supports the nomination of Acting Secretary of Education, John B. King Jr, for the position of Secretary of Education.


 January 13, 2016  

 Every Student Succeeds Act

January 11, 2016 

ESSA Implementation 

Read NDRN’s public comment at the Department of Education in response to a request for information from the Secretary regarding the implementation of ESSA. 

November 6, 2015

ESEA Conference Letter

On October 8, NDRN attended a round table convened by Secretary Duncan, Deputy Secretary King and Senators Booker, Murphy and Warren where we discussed the crucial role of accountability in ESEA.  To read NDRN’s thank you letter regarding the event, please click here.

October 27, 2015

Recommendations Regarding School Policing

The extensive work of the Protection and Advocacy network representing youth with disabilities in public schools, has raised concerns about how school resource officers (SROs) may be used in school settings to manage non-violent student behavior.  Read NDRN's recommendations regarding school policing.

October 1, 2015

Head Start Performance Standard

Read NDRN's comments on the Head Start Performance Standard.

August 6, 2015

Handcuffed eight year old sparks renewed call for Keeping all Students Safe Act.

In light of the recent heartbreaking video showing a Kentucky deputyhandcuffing an eight year old boy who is 3 ½ feet tall and 52 pounds with Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder (ADHD) behind his back on his biceps because his wrists were too small for the handcuffs, the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) urges you to cosponsor and support passage of H.R. 927, the Keeping All Students Safe Act.

July 16, 2015

NDRN Opposes Passage of Every Child Achieves Act

Read NDRN's letter opposing passage of the Every Child Achieves Act, S. 1177.

July 8, 2015

NDRN Works to Ensure Strong Education Bill for Students with Disabilities

Read NDRN's letter in opposition to the Salmon Amendment #129

Read NDRN's letter in support of the Democratic Substitute

Read NDRN's letter to the full House opposing H.R. 5

July 2, 1015

NDRN Urges Senate to include strong civil rights protections in Education Bill

Read NDRN's letter to the Senate on the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA).

May 7, 2015

NDRN joins with civil rights groups to oppose anti-testing efforts

NDRN joined a number of civil rights groups in opposition to anti-testing efforts that are discouraging students from taking standardized tests and subverting the validity of data about educational outcomes.

April 23, 2015

NDRN send letter to Senate HELP committee Chairman on ECCA

Read NDRN's letter to Chairman Alexander.

April 21, 2015

NDRN thanks Senator Murray for her leadership during markup of ECAA

The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) writes to thank you for your continued support for students with disabilities as evidenced by your leadership during the Senate markup of the bi-partisan Every Child Achieves Act (ECCA).  NDRN greatly appreciates your thoughtful and considered actions during the negotiations with Chairman Alexander and the HELP Committee markup.

April 17, 2015

NDRN statement on the unanimous passage of the Every Child Achieves Act out of the Senate HELP Committee

The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) applauds Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Murray, and the entire Senate Health Education Pension and Labor (HELP) Committee on unanimously voting out of committee the bi-partisan Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) of 2015 yesterday.

April 13, 2015

NDRN letter to the HELP Committee on the Every Child Achieves Act -

NDRN letter opposing Senator Cassidy amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act

February 24, 2015

NDRN letter opposing The Student Success Act (H.R. 5)

NDRN letter of support for Representative Bobby Scott’s Substitute to The Student Success Act. - February 24, 2015

The extensive work


of the Protection and Advocacy network representing youth with disabilities in public schools, has raised concerns about how school resource officers (SROs) may be used in school settings to manage non-violent student behavior. 


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