Federal Governmental Relations
- Contact the Illinois Congressional Delegation
On Jan. 8, 2002, President Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). This new law represents his education reform plan and contains the most sweeping changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) since it was enacted in 1965.
A free, public service, that allows users to identify and send messages to their elected leaders in Congress, The White House, and state legislatures, and to communicate to their leaders via e-mail, letter an fax.
The Congressional Quarterly publishes world-class information and insight on government and politics. The company has built a reputation for accurate, comprehensive and nonpartisan reporting on more than 50 years of experience.
The Congressional Record is the most widely recognized published account of the debates, proceedings, and activities of the United States Congress. The Journals of the House and Senate, in which the daily actions of the respective chambers are recorded, are the official records of House and Senate proceedings.
The Federal Register is the official daily publication for Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as Executive Orders and other Presidential Documents.
The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is a codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the Executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government.
The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, and it serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with more than 120 million items on approximately 530 miles of bookshelves. The collections include more than 18 million books, 2.5 million recordings, 12 million photographs, 4.5 million maps, and 54 million manuscripts.
Roll Call is widely considered the leading source for Congressional news and information both inside the Beltway and beyond. Since 1955, Roll Call has been the newspaper of Capitol Hill, giving Members of Congress a platform to communicate with one another across the aisle and between the chambers.
The United States Capitol Complex is comprised of the Capitol, the House and Senate Office Buildings, the U.S. Botanic Garden, the Capitol Grounds, the Library of Congress buildings, the Supreme Court Building, the Capitol Power Plant, and various support facilities. In addition, work has now begun towards the construction of a new Capitol Visitor Center, an underground facility to be located beneath the Capitol's east front plaza.
The U S. Department of Education is the agency of the federal government that establishes policy for, administers, and coordinates most federal assistance to education. It assists the president in executing his education policies for the nation and in implementing laws enacted by Congress. The Department's mission is to serve America's students -- to ensure that all have equal access to education and to promote excellence in our nation's schools.
GPO is part of the legislative branch of the Federal Government. Created primarily to satisfy the printing needs of Congress, GPO today is the focal point for printing, binding, and information dissemination for the entire Federal community. In addition to Congress and the White House approximately 130 Federal departments and agencies rely on GPOs services.
The official web site of the White House. Includes current news, press briefings, proclamations, executive orders, radio addresses and much more.
The 2001 Guide to Washington, DC will help you keep pace with the capital by providing current information on events in and around the DC area.
The Reauthorization of IDEA
Commission on Excellence in Special Education
The President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education Report may be found here.
- Council for Administrators of Special Education (CASE)
The Mission of the Council of Administrators of Special Education, Inc. is to provide leadership and support to members by shaping policies and practices which impact the quality of education.
- Council of Chief State
School Officers (CCSSO)
The Council of Chief State School Officers works on behalf of the state agencies that serve pre K-12 students throughout the nation. The CCSSO recommendations for the reauthorization of IDEA may be found here.
- Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice. You can also find the (CEC) IDEA Reauthorization Recommendations here.
- National Association of State Directors of
Special Education (NASDSE)
NASDSE is dedicated to supporting state agency staff carry out their mission of ensuring a quality education for students with disabilities. NASDSE provides support to states through training, technical assistance documents, research, policy development, and partnering with other organizations. NASDSE website provides a wealth of information useful to state agencies, schools, parents and advocates interested in quality education for students with disabilities and including information on IDEA Reauthorization.