President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

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ed-news-colorOn July 22, 2014, President Barack Obama signed into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The legislation, which updates the Workforce Investment Act, overdue for reauthorization for more than a decade, received overwhelming bipartisan support from both houses of Congress.  On July 9th, the House  approved the bill by a vote of 415 to 6; it was approved by the Senate on June 25th by a vote of 95 to 3.  The legislation will prevent schools from using sheltered workshops to provide transition services to students with disabilities, among other provisions.

According to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, “The signing of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 creates a blueprint for job growth and makes key improvements to the nation’s workforce development system. For the unemployed, the new law offers hope; for the young, it offers encouragement; and for people with disabilities, it brings opportunity.”

Rosemary Manges

Rosemary Manges, Program Coordinator for Inclusive Services, has over 39 years of educational experience ranging from the public school classroom, administration, preparing pre-service teachers at the college level to development of policy at TEA. She is in her 10th year at Region 10.

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