Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Michael Yudin visited with faculty and students at New Mexico State University's (NMSU's) Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders as part of the U.S. Department of Education's (ED's) Back-to-School Bus Tour—"Strong Start, Bright Future."
Yudin joined in panel discussions with faculty and students participating in programs funded by ED's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), according to a press release from the University. NMSU's Department of Special Education and Communications Disorders has received more than $4 million in grants for programs to give students the skills to work with multicultural and linguistically diverse populations.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and senior ED officials visited states throughout the Southwest for the annual "Strong Start, Bright Future" bus tour, September 9–13, 2013. The tour—Duncan's fourth—kicked off in New Mexico before heading to Texas, Arizona, and California. Last year, the Secretary visited cities across the country; in 2011, the tour covered portions of the Midwest; and, in 2010, it included the Delta region in the South and the Northeast.
NMSU has received funding for three grant programs:
- Special Education Leaders for a Diverse Society (SLEDS),
- New Mexico: Preparing Autism Spectrum Specialists (NM-PASS),
- Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Speech-Language Services for All Language Learners & Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Speech-Language Services for All Language Learners in New Mexico.
For more information on Yudin's visit to NMSU, visit the NMSU website. Information on ED's Back-to-School Bus Tour can be found on ED's website or by contacting Catherine D. Clarke, ASHA's director of education and regulatory advocacy, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-498-2071, ext. 5611.