Practical Ideas and Promising Practices for Effective District Response to Instruction/Intervention (RtI) Initiatives: Data Use Issues to Consider

At its core, RtI is about using data to make appropriate instructional decisions for the benefit of students. As a coordinated initiative, however, designing and implementing a quality district-wide RtI approach brings a host of challenges. Many of these challenges relate to setting up effective systems and processes for collecting and using data. How can districts collect and use data to improve the odds that RtI will result in greater student success? [More]

President's 2011 Budget for ACF

The President's FY 2011 Budget for Health and Human Services demonstrates an ongoing commitment to the health, safety and well-being of the nation's citizens. While the Recovery funds will expire in 2011, the total federal outlays for HHS are $911 billion, creating a net increase of $50.1 million in spending. [More]

CMS Announces New Medicare/Medicaid Demonstration Projects

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced two large-scale demonstration projects on January 27 designed to test the potential of exemplary practices in care coordination, pay-for-performance, and health information technology to drive improvements in quality and efficiency of care. Over 130,000 Medicare/Medicaid beneficiaries in North Carolina and Indiana will be served under the two projects. [More]

PCG's Sue Gamm Authors Disproportionality Book

PCG Education legal subject matter expert Sue Gamm, Esq. has a new book, Disproportionality in Special Education: Where, Why and How It Occurs. Disproportionality is over-representation of minority students identified with a learning disability or other type of disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). [More]