Legislative Alert! Take Action

On June 29, 2020, Senators Maggie Hassen (D-NH), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Chris VanHollen (D-MD) introduced the “Supporting Children with Disabilities During COVID-19 Act.”  The purpose of the Act is to support one time emergency funding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to support the needs of students […]

OSEP COVID-19 Questions & Answers: Implementation of IDEA Part B and Part C Procedural Safeguards

NEW!OSEP COVID-19 Questions & Answers: Implementation of IDEA Part B and Part C Procedural SafeguardsColleagues:The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services’ Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) released Questions and Answers (Q&A) documents in response to inquiries concerning implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B and […]

OSEP COVID-19 Questions & Answers: Implementation of IDEA Parts B and C Use of Funds Flexibility in Implementation of IDEA Part B Fiscal Requirements

OSEP COVID-19 Questions & Answers: Implementation of IDEA Parts B and C Use of FundsFlexibility in Implementation of IDEA Part B Fiscal Requirements Colleagues: The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services’ Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) released Questions and Answers (Q&A) documents in response to inquiries concerning implementation of […]

COVID- New Dispute Resolution Guidance from OSEP

OSEP issued Q&A documents in response to inquiries concerning implementation of the IDEA Part B and Part C dispute resolution procedures in the current COVID-19 environment. IDEA Part B https://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/memosdcltrs/qa-dispute-resolution-procedures-part-b.pdf?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term= IDEA Part C https://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/memosdcltrs/qa-dispute-resolution-procedures-part-c.pdf?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

INDIAN EDUCATION: Actions Needed to Ensure Students with Disabilities Receive Special Education Services

INDIAN EDUCATION: Actions Needed to Ensure Students with Disabilities Receive Special Education Services GAO-20-358: Published: May 22, 2020. Publicly Released: Jun 5, 2020. Found at: https://www.gao.gov/products/gao-20-358 In a recent Government Accounting Office (GAO) report, the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) did not provide or could not account for almost 40 […]

Extended School Year (ESY) and Covid-19

Given the current situation with just about all schools across the nation shut down, along with expectations of social distancing, what should we reasonably expect out of extended school year (ESY) programming for students eligible for special education and related services? This post will seek to remind readers of the […]

Resources on Virtual IEP Team Meetings

In these unusual times, holding IEP meetings can be quite a challenge.  The IDEA does allow a student’s IEP meeting to be held through alternative means, such virtual meetings (e.g., Zoom, Go-To-Meeting, Microsoft Team) if parents and school personnel agree to this (IDEA Regulations, 34 C.F.R.§ 300.328). The following National […]