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Transition From Birth to Three

Children age out of Early Intervention (Birth to Three, sometimes known as B23) services on their 3rd birthday and become eligible for special education services. The transition is not automatic, however, and some 20% of B23 eligible kids do not get Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).

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Transition to Adulthood

Students with disabilities are eligible for special education until their 22nd birthday, unless they graduate first with a regular high school diploma and have mastered their transition goals and objectives.

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Testimony of Andrew A. Feinstein - Joint Hearing of Committee on Public Health and Committee on Children

Chairwoman Linehan, Chairman Anwar, Chairwoman Daugherty Abrams, Chairman Steinberg, Senator Kelly, Representative Dauphinais, Senator Somers, Senator Hwang, Representative Petit and members of the Committee. My name is Andrew Feinstein and I am the Legislative Chair of Special Education Equity for Kids in Connecticut (SEEK), a statewide organization of parents, providers, attorneys and advocates working for excellent education for students with disabilities.

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Testimony of Andrew A. Feinstein - Special Education Committee on Appropriations

Senator McCrory, Representative Felipe, Senator Somers, Representative McCarty, Members of the Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee, my name is Andrew Feinstein and I am the Legislative Chair of Special Education Equity for Kids in Connecticut (SEEK), a statewide organization of parents, providers, attorneys and advocates working for excellent education for students with disabilities.

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We Missed the Chance to Remake Education

What a missed opportunity! We could have made the 2021-22 school year the time to fix our underachieving public education system. We could have utilized the wisdom we gained from a year of remote and hybrid learning to rethink how we deliver education. We could have made our schools work for kids, rather than having our kids work to support our failed education model.

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Comments of Andrew Feinstein On Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan

The Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan document accurately reflects the requirements of the Connecticut’s American Rescue Plan Act Guidance, issued by the State Department of Education on June 3, 2021, https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Digest/2020-21/ARPESSERGuidance.pdf. Unfortunately, the Safe Return document provides little beyond a recitation of the state requirements (which are, in turn, little more than a restatement of the federal requirements).

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School's IN for Summer!

Yes, after neverending masking and zooming and sanitizing, the 2020-2021 School year is almost over! However, don't start singing “no more pencils, and no more books” because school’s in for summer!

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Testimony before Appropriations Committee March 9

At a time when most states are substantially increasing education funding to remediate the educational loss occasioned by COVID-19 school closures and distance learning, Connecticut is going backwards. While most states recognize that federal stimulus funds, through the CARES Act, through the CRRSA Act, and now through the American Rescue Plan, were passed to supplement, not supplant, state funds, Connecticut is using that money to backfill its obligations.

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Appropriations on ARP Funds

The undersigned are organizations dedicated to equity in the education of underserved populations, including students of color, students with disabilities, rural students, and students living in poverty. We write because under the American Rescue Plan (ARP), signed by President Biden last week, Connecticut's schools are about to receive more than a billion dollars. That money needs to be spent wisely. To do so requires strong legislative action.

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SEEK Testimony to Committee on Judiciary

Special Education Equity for Kids in Connecticut (SEEK) is a statewide organization of parents, providers, attorneys and advocates working for high-quality education and civil rights for students with disabilities. We appreciate the opportunity to appear before you today on H.B. 6667. I am here to speak in favor of Section 11.

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