ACRES Advocacy Efforts
The American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES) is actively engaged in advocacy efforts to influence policies, programs and practices that impact special education in rural communities.
ACRES Participation in the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
ACRES is a member of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), a national coalition of professional and consumer organizations that work together to advocate for public policies in the United States that promote empowerment and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities. More information about CCD and its activities is available at: http://www.c-c-d.org.
ACRES Participation in the Coalition on Teacher Quality
ACRES is a member of the Coalition on Teacher Quality (CTQ), a national coalition of professional and consumer organizations working together to advocate for public policies in the United States that promote a stable supply of fully prepared and effective teachers for all students, including students with disabilities. More information about CTQ and its activities is available at: http://www.schoolsmatter.info/2011/12/join-coalition-on-teacher-quality.html
ACRES Policy Statements
When major issues emerge in the field, the ACRES Advisory Board may adopt and publish Policy Statements that clarify ACRES position on an issue and recommendations for changes that can be used to inform public policy debate about the impact of specific policies, programs or practices related to personnel preparation or service delivery in rural special education.
To make sure that rural voices are heard, the Board may sometimes provide a template for a letter that members and other interested individuals can use in contacting their representatives in the United States Congress. Letters may be sent via surface mail or as attachments to email messages that communicate the needs of rural special education teachers, students and their families, and related service personnel to senators and representatives.