If you’ve ever wanted to ask Beverly Cleary a question about her
books, the memorable characters she has created, or her life as
a writer, here’s your chance! In celebration of National
D.E.A.R. Day — that’s Drop Everything and Read — Reading
Rockets is collecting questions for Mrs. Cleary from readers.
Teachers, librarians, parents, and readers of all ages can
submit their questions. They’ll select the best and most unusual
questions for Mrs. Cleary to answer. Come back to Reading
Rockets on April 12th to hear what she has to say in a new
exclusive audio interview.You have until February 29 to send them your question. If your
question is selected to be answered, HarperCollins Children’s
Books will send you a set of Beverly Cleary titles! Visit the
Reading Rockets D.E.A.R. web page to learn more and to submit
CALENDAR MEETING AGENDA
Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: P79M, 55 East 120th Street, New York, NY 10035
The Public is requested to keep its questions and comments to under four minutes.
Announcements: Next CCSE Calendar Meeting/Topic: Wednesday, March19th at 6:00 pm in Tweed Court House , 52 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007 / Special Education Question and Answer Session / Special Education Survey. MEETING DATE & TIME IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. INTERESTED PARTIES REQUESTING TRANSLATION SERVICES SHOULD CONFIRM BY CALLING THE CCSE OFFICE @ 718-752-7393 OR VIA EMAIL AT CCSE@SCHOOLS.NYC.GOV .
All meetings are held at wheelchair accessible sites.
Jonathan’s Law was named after Jonathan Carey, 13, who suffered from autism and died while under the care of a state-run residential facility near Albany. The boy’s family fought for the new law after they were refused access to information related to Jonathan’s care and treatment.
The New York State Senate has passed legislation that would make it a felony to endanger the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person. The legislation (S.3894), cosponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza, is related to Jonathan’s Law which was enacted last year.“This bill recognizes that those who are unable to care for themselves because of physical disability or mental disease or defect are especially vulnerable. Those individuals who endanger the welfare of such people should be charged with a felony,” said Senator Lanza, member of the Senate Mental Health and Development Disabilities Committee. “This legislation increases the punishment for those who act in disregard to the welfare of members of the community who deserve special protection.”
Under current law, endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person is a class A misdemeanor. This bill would elevate the offense to a class E felony, which carries a penalty of up to 4 years in prison. The bill was sent to the Assembly. Jonathan’s law ensures that parents and guardians have access to records pertaining to allegations and investigations of mistreatment of children in residential care facilities.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that the Department of Education report annually on the progress made toward the provision of a free appropriate public education to all children with disabilities and the provision of early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities. The report consists of two volumes. Volume 1 focuses on the children and students being served under IDEA. Topics covered include trends in numbers and percentages of infants, toddlers, preschool, and school-age children served; educational environments of preschool-age children; declassification of elementary school-age students; and characteristics of secondary students served for emotional disturbance. Volume 2 contains state-level data profiles.
The report is available at http://www.ed.gov/about/reports/annual/osep/2005/parts-b-c/index.html