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What's Happening in Washington, D.C. - A Public Policy Workshop

On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, from 9:30 a.m.–12 noon in Wilde Auditorium, Sharon Walsh recapped federal legislative and executive branch activities that affect PreK-12 education. Walsh was invited to the University by the Center for Leadership in Education and Health, Diana LaRocco, center director. As an educational leader, herself, Walsh  provided an update on the activities of the 113th Congress including updates on the federal budget, sequestration, funding for education and early childhood programs, and legislation to authorize the Administration’s new early learning initiative. She also discussed plans to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), last amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), as well as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), last reauthorized in 2004.

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Sharon WalshWalsh, Co-director of Walsh Taylor Incorporated, has worked in the field of special education and early intervention for over 30 years. She provides consultation to state and local agencies (e.g., state education associations, (SEAs), state lead agencies for Part C, school districts, and local early intervention agencies) on the implementation of Part C and Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). She is the Governmental Relations Consultant for the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (DEC) and the IDEA Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association (ITCA), which is the national association representing the state Part C lead agencies. Walsh also works as a consultant on the federally funded Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center and the Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems.

Walsh Audience

Diana LaRocco, Director, Center for Leadership in Health and Education, and Cheryl Klockoor
(l-r) Director of the Center for Leadership in Education and Health, Diana LaRocco
greets Cheryl Klocko.