“In order to win the future, President Obama has challenged us that we must enable every single American to reach their potential,” said Secretary Duncan in a recent Q&A with members of the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC). “Every child, regardless of income, race, background, or disability can learn and must learn, and our system of education must embrace this core belief every day in every way possible.”
Secretary Duncan asked the CEC to contact its members and find out their most pressing questions. The Secretary worked with his staff to answer those questions in a Q&A document released today that coincides with the opening day of The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) 2011 Convention and Expo. The Secretary addressed pay-for-performance, inclusion, teacher accountability, and the development and support for universal design concepts.
The Secretary explained that “We want to model the best practices that we know are most effective, and at the top of that list of best practices is one simple word: inclusion. When we set high expectations, students with disabilities can excel. Students with disabilities, like everyone else, must be college- and career-ready because we know that the good jobs of the future will require more than a high-school diploma. With a high-quality education, children with disabilities will be self-sufficient and will be able to live independently.”
Visit the CEC’s “Ask Arne” page for the entire Q&A between CEC members and Secretary Duncan.