Prior Approval FAQ Released for Formula Grant Recipients

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 29, 2019) – The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services released a frequently asked questions document for its formula grant recipients today.

“This document is non-binding and does not create or impose new legal requirements. The department is issuing it in this document on an ‘interim’ basis to provide grantees with immediate information to assist them in meeting their obligations under Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards,” said Mark Schultz, who has been delegated the authority to perform the functions and duties of the Assistant Secretary for OSERS. “We intend to publish this further and invite public comments.”

The FAQ document details prior approval flexibilities for two direct cost categories – participant support costs and equipment – for state formula grants administered by the Office of Special Education Programs and the Rehabilitation Services Administration both within OSERS, according to Schultz.

View FAQ Document PDF

Last modified on October 29, 2019

Department issues Q&A on Free Appropriate Public Education following Supreme Court decision

WASHINGTON (Dec. 7, 2017)—The Department’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) released a Question-and-Answer document addressing the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District Re-1, which clarified the scope of the free appropriate public education (FAPE) requirements in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

The Court held that “to meet its substantive obligation under the IDEA, a school must offer [a child] an [individualized education program] IEP reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances.”

The Q-&-A document provides an overview of the facts and issue in the case, a discussion of the IDEA FAPE requirements and includes questions addressing implementation considerations.

OSERS is interested in receiving comments from families, teachers, administrators, and other stakeholders to assist us in identifying implementation questions and best practices that may inform future guidance on this decision.

OSERS will use the comments to identify implementation questions and best practices that may inform future department guidance on IDEA and FAPE.

Those interested in submitting comments should email OSERS at EndrewF@ed.gov.

View U.S. Department of Education Press Release.

View Questions and Answers (Q&A) on U. S. Supreme Court Case Decision Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District Re-1.

Download Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District Case Q&A (PDF, 561KB).

 

Last modified on August 28, 2018