Archives for April 2015

LDA Legisative News – April 2015

Bipartisan ESEA Bill Developed in Senate Committee On April 16 by a unanimous vote, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA, currently known as No Child Left Behind).  The product of many months of negotiation between Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), the Every Child Achieves Act maintains the core of the ESEA while giving States greater flexibility in implementation.   While both Alexander and Murray acknowledge the bill does not comport completely with what either would have wanted, they… Read More »

Third Grade Reading Laws

Over the last dozen years, more than 30 states have passed third grade reading laws. These laws set standards on how well students must be performing in reading to move on to fourth grade. In most states, these laws apply to all students, including students with learning and attention issues who are struggling with reading. Recognizing this, LDA and NCLD came together to create an infographic and a set of best practices to help parents and policymakers make informed decisions about third grade reading laws and better understand the issue of grade retention. Take a look at the Infographic on… Read More »

HEALTH, FIREFIGHTER, CONSUMER AND SCIENCE GROUPS SEEK BAN ON HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS WITH TOXIC CHEMICAL FLAME RETARDANTS

LDA, with the American Academy of Pediatrics, Consumers Union, International Association of Firefighters, and other national groups, filed a petition asking the Consumer Products Safety Commission to ban four categories of products if they contain any of a certain class of flame retardant chemicals. These chemicals are harmful to children’s brain development; LDA calls on the CPSC to protect our families from toxic flame retardants! Earthjustice has published the release to our site. It is now live. The release includes a link to the petition in case you need an electronic version to share. http://earthjustice.org/news/press/2015/health-firefighter-consumer-and-science-groups-seek-ban-on-household-products-with-toxic-chemical-flame

LDA President’s Report

President’s Report to the Board                                                                                                February 17, 2015 2014-15 has been a busy year — lots of listening, learning and action.  Here are a few of the highlights. Our Team:  We have a knowledgeable and dedicated 21-member board of directors, an outstanding 7-member executive committee, eighteen remarkable committees with over 100 volunteers, and an extraordinary 10-member Professional Advisory Board.  That does not take into account the work of the 41 state and local affiliates who engage countless volunteers.  I know the phrase “boots on the ground” is used a lot these days.  Borrowing from that theme, I would like to… Read More »

President’s Message

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Affiliate Support/Membership

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Transitioning to Work: A Critical Process for Students with Learning Disabilities

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ESEA Process Slower but Still on Track

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LDA 2015 Awards

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Recap of the 2015 LDA Conference

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25th Anniversary Approaching for the Americans with Disabilities Act

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“Market Pressure” Campaigns: Asking Retailers to “Mind the Store” Results in Safer Products

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