Feb. 26 @ The NN: The Blind Film Critic, A Senate Hearing & More
02/26/2013 - 10:47
Helen Chernikoff
Sen. Tom Harkin
Sen. Tom Harkin

Looming cuts to the federal budget, also known as the sequestration, could hit special needs programs hardest, at least in parts of New Jersey, reports an article in the Hillsborough Patch.

That town is figuring out its 2013-2014 school budget despite uncertainty as to whether the sequestration will go through, which would mean the loss of $1.8 million for mandated federal programs such as special education, according to the article.

Last year, the district received $1.4 million in IDEA grant funding from the federal government to support special education.

Is Hillsborough a typical case? @ the New Normal, we’d like to look into this further; please leave facts, suggestions, possible sources in the comments if you have them.

Awesome item from edgy website Vice.com: an interview with The Blind Film Critic, Tommy Edison, who listens to movies and reviews them under that name on YouTube. Check him out below.

 

 

Action movies tend to be pretty dull, he says, as they’re very reliant on visuals, but “Die Hard” is one of his favorites. He also likes “Ted,” the talking-teddy-bear movie from disgraced Oscars host Seth MacFarlane, and loves Mila Kunis, who co-starred in that movie. In general, though, Edison thinks “visual beauty is given too much weight.”

At 2:30 today, Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa  will hold a hearing on employment for people with disabilities, and Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, an activist and parent, will  be live-blogging it for us. About 70 percent of Americans with disabilities who are of working age are unemployed, says Mizrahi, which means that disabilities payments are a fast-growing part of the budget. The hearing line-up is below.

Full Senate Committee Hearing - State Leadership and Innovation in Disability Employment
Date: Tuesday, February 26 2013, 2:30 PM
Place: G50 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Witnesses:
Panel I
The Honorable Jack Markell, Governor of Delaware, Dover, DE and Chair of the National Governor's Association
Panel II
Jane Boone, Consultant, State Employment Leadership Network, Washington State, Seattle, WA
Mike O'Brien, Executive Director, Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, Oklahoma City, OK
Don Uchida, Executive Director, Utah State Office of Rehabilitation, Salt Lake City, UT

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