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2020

Part C Provision of Services in the COVID-19 Environment Q&A Document (Oct. 20, 2020)

Topic Areas: COVID-19

Summary

Addresses inquiries concerning implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C provision of service in the... Read More

Part B Implementation of IDEA Provision of Services in the Current COVID-19 Environment Q&A Document (Sept. 28, 2020)

Topic Areas: COVID-19

Summary

Addresses inquiries concerning implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B provision of services in the current... Read More

POLICY LETTER: July 31, 2020 to Anonymous

Summary

Addresses whether a parent may be required to sign a confidentiality agreement in order to participate in mediation under... Read More

Part C Evaluation and Assessment Timelines in the COVID-19 Environment Q&A Document (July 6, 2020)

Topic Areas: COVID-19

Summary

Addresses inquiries concerning the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C evaluation and assessment timelines... Read More

Part B Procedural Safeguards in the COVID-19 Environment Q&A Document (June 30, 2020)

Topic Areas: COVID-19

Summary

Address inquiries concerning the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B procedural safeguards in the... Read More

Part C Procedural Safeguards in the COVID-19 Environment Q&A Document (June 30, 2020)

Topic Areas: COVID-19

Summary

Addresses inquiries concerning implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C procedural safeguards in the current... Read More

Flexibility on IDEA Part B Fiscal Requirements in the COVID-19 Environment Q&A Document (June 26, 2020)

Topic Areas: COVID-19

Summary

Response to inquiries concerning flexibility in the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B fiscal... Read More

Part B Use of Funds in the COVID-19 Environment Q-&-A Document (June 25, 2020)

Topic Areas: COVID-19

Summary

Addresses inquiries concerning the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B use of funds in... Read More

Part C Use of Funds in the COVID-19 Environment Q-&-A Document (June 25, 2020)

Topic Areas: COVID-19

Summary

Addresses inquiries concerning the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C use of funds in... Read More

Part B Dispute Resolution in COVID-19 Environment Q-&-A Document (June 22, 2020)

Topic Areas: COVID-19

Summary

This Questions-and-Answers document addresses inquiries concerning the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B dispute... Read More

Part C Dispute Resolution in COVID-19 Environment Q-&-A Document (June 22, 2020)

Topic Areas: COVID-19

Summary

This Questions-and-Answers document addresses inquiries concerning the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C dispute... Read More

POLICY LETTER: June 9, 2020 to State Directors

Topic Areas: COVID-19

Summary

Addresses the requirements to request a waiver for the 2020–21 school year (SY) from the one percent cap on... Read More

POLICY LETTER: June 8, 2020 to Anonymous

Summary

Addresses the use of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B funds to pay hearing officers to conduct... Read More

Supplemental Fact Sheet Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Preschool, Elementary and Secondary Schools While Serving Children with Disabilities (March 21, 2020)

Topic Areas: COVID-19

Summary

The Department released new information clarifying that federal law should not be used to prevent schools from offering distance... Read More


2019

POLICY LETTER: Nov. 22, 2019 to Breeskin

Summary

Addresses the role of parents in determining the educational placement of a child with a disability, including how far... Read More

POLICY LETTER: Oct. 23, 2019 to Anonymous

Topic Areas: Free Appropriate Public Education, State Complaints

Summary

Addresses questions regarding the provision of compensatory education after a family relocates to a new state.

Letter

October 23,... Read More

POLICY LETTER: Sept. 9, 2019 to Rowland

Topic Areas: Individualized Education Programs

Summary

Addresses a series of questions regarding the development of IEPs of children placed in certain preschool programs, including whether... Read More

POLICY LETTER: Sept. 9, 2019 to Anonymous

Topic Areas: Evaluation/Reeavluation, Individualized Education Programs

Summary

Addresses questions regarding:

  1. the participation of children with disabilities in IEP Team Meetings and other meetings held to... Read More

POLICY LETTER: July 3, 2019 to Zirkel

Topic Areas: State Complaints

Summary

Addresses a series of questions regarding a state educational agency’s (SEA’s) complaint procedures process, in particular, about enforcement actions... Read More

POLICY LETTER: May 13, 2019 to Zirkel

Topic Areas: Due Process Hearings

Summary

Addresses a series of questions regarding the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) state complaint and... Read More

POLICY LETTER: May 2, 2019 to Haller

Topic Areas: Individualized Education Programs

Summary

Addresses whether a school district may invite an observer to an individualized education program (IEP) Team meeting.

Letter

May... Read More

POLICY LETTER: May 2, 2019 to Mills

Topic Areas: Evaluation/Reeavluation, Prior Written Notice

Summary

Addresses a series of questions resulting from a functional vision assessment by an optometrist.

Letter

May 2, 2019

Brittany... Read More

POLICY LETTER: May 2, 2019 to Zirkel

Topic Areas: Independent Educational Evaluation, Independent Educational Evaluations

Summary

Addresses a parent’s right to an IEE when the child has been evaluated and found not to be a... Read More

POLICY LETTER: March 28, 2019 to States

Summary

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide information regarding the implications for States not meeting the requirement, in... Read More

POLICY LETTER: Feb. 22, 2019 Letter to Olex

Topic Areas: Transition

Summary

TOPIC: Transition to Postsecondary Education

Letter regarding the Michigan Department of Education’s policy addressing transition assessments administered under the Individuals with... Read More

POLICY LETTER: Feb. 21, 2019 Letter to Siegel

Topic Areas: Individualized Education Programs

Summary

TOPIC: IEP Transfer Provisions

Letter regarding a child with a disability who transfers to a new local educational agency (LEA)... Read More

OSEP LETTER: Jan. 29, 2019 to Wayne

Topic Areas: Private School

Summary

Letter regarding further discussions on a local educational agency’s (LEA’s) obligation to a parentally placed private school child with... Read More

OSEP LETTER: Jan. 29, 2019 to Zirkel

Topic Areas: Response to Intervention

Summary

Letter on a series of questions regarding the implementation of response to intervention (RTI) and multi-tiered systems of support... Read More

OSEP LETTER: Jan. 29, 2019 to Nathan

Topic Areas: Discipline Procedures

Summary

Clarification on a series of questions regarding the protections for children not yet determined eligible for special education and... Read More

OSEP LETTER: Jan. 29, 2019 to Duncan

Summary

Letter on whether the Florida Department of Corrections fails to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) under Part... Read More


2018

OSEP LETTER: Dec. 20, 2018 to William Eiserman

Topic Areas: Early Intervention

December 20, 2018

William Eiserman, Ph.D. Director Early Childhood Hearing Outreach Initiative National Center for Hearing Assessment... Read More

OSEP LETTER: Aug. 23, 2018 to Devin Fletcher

Topic Areas: Due Process Hearings

August 23, 2018

Devin Fletcher Associate Attorney Cuddy Law Firm, PLLC 8723 Shoal Creek Boulevard Suite... Read More

OSEP LETTER: Aug. 23, 2018 to Anonymous

Topic Areas: Independent Educational Evaluation, Individualized Education Programs

August 23, 2018

REDACTED

Dear XXXXXX:

This letter responds to your electronic mail correspondence to Lisa Pagano, Policy Specialist in... Read More

OSEP LETTER: Aug. 2, 2018 Letter to Lawrence Sigel, Esq.

Topic Areas: Child Find

August 2, 2018

Lawrence Siegel, Esq. 101 Lucas Valley Road Suite 265 San Rafael, California 94903

Dear... Read More

OSEP LETTER: Aug. 2, 2018 Letter to Linda McDowell, Ph.D.

Topic Areas: Related Services

August 2, 2018

Linda McDowell, Ph.D. Director National Center on Deaf-Blindness The Research Institute/Western Oregon University... Read More

OSEP Letter: Aug. 2, 2018 Letter to Anonymous

Topic Areas: Evaluation/Reeavluation, Individualized Education Programs

August 2, 2018

REDACTED

Dear XXXXXXX:

This letter responds to your electronic mail (email) correspondence to the Office of Special... Read More

OSEP LETTER: July 27, 2018 Letter to Carrie Mason

Topic Areas: Discipline Procedures

July 27, 2018

Carrie Mason Education Attorney Metro Defender Juvenile Division Education Rights Project 100 Woodland... Read More

OSEP LETTER: June 28, 2018 Letter to Anonymous

Topic Areas: Independent Educational Evaluation, Individualized Education Programs

REDACTED

Dear XXXXXXX:

This letter responds to your electronic mail (email) to the U.S. Department of Education (Department). Your correspondence... Read More


2017

Q&A: Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District Case Q&A (Dec. 7, 2017)

Topic Areas: Free Appropriate Public Education

On December 7, 2017, OSERS released a Question-and-Answer (Q-&-A) document addressing the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Endrew... Read More

OSEP LETTER: September 8, 2017 to Brian Radziwill

Topic Areas: Private School

TOPIC: Children in Private Schools SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children with Disabilities; Section 612—State... Read More

POLICY GUIDANCE: A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities (May 2017)

NOTE: View the August 2020 version of the guide for updated information.

OSERS is pleased to publish A Transition Guide to... Read More

OSEP LETTER: April 18, 2017 to Ruthie-Marie Beckwith

OSEP Letter to TASH

This letter addresses questions regarding OSEP’s 84.325K grant priority: Interdisciplinary Preparation in Special Education, Early Intervention,... Read More

POLICY LETTER: February 27, 2017 to Patrick Zacchini

TOPIC: Confidentiality of Education Records (Destruction of Information)

UPDATED DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER on Preschool Least Restrictive Environments (January 9, 2017)

Provides updated guidance on preschool least restrictive environments (LRE) and addresses: key statutory and regulatory requirements; preschool placement options; reporting... Read More


2016

DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER with the Office for Civil Rights on Charter Schools (December 28, 2016 )

Topic Areas: Charter School

Students with disabilities who are enrolled in public charter schools, like students with disabilities enrolled in other public elementary or... Read More

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions on Early Childhood Privacy and Confidentiality (October 20, 2016)

The purpose of this FAQ is to assist early childhood programs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) with addressing privacy and confidentiality... Read More

POLICY LETTER: August 22, 2016 to Perry Zirkel

Topic Areas: Due Process Hearings

TOPIC: Due Process; RTI; General Supervision

Know Your Rights in Charter Schools (August 1, 2016)

This document is designed to help parents, students, and the charter school community better understand the rights of students with... Read More

OCR Dear Colleague Letter (July 26, 2016)

TOPIC: Obligation of schools to provide students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder with equal educational opportunity under section 504 of the Rehabilitation... Read More

IEP Translation—Communication from OSEP (June 14, 2016)

This document is designed to help parents, students, and the charter school community better understand the rights of students with... Read More

OSEP DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER on Children with Disabilities Residing in Nursing Homes (April 26, 2016)

Addresses the responsibilities of states, school districts, and other public agencies in addressing the special educational needs of children with... Read More

POLICY LETTER: March 3, 2016 to Anonymous

TOPIC: IEP Development, Review and Revision, Placement, and Hearing Decisions


2015

OSEP DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER on Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) (November 16, 2015)

Clarifies that individualized education programs (IEP) for children with disabilities must be aligned with state academic content standards for the... Read More

OSEP DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER on IDEA/IEP Terms (October 23, 2015)

A policy guidance on IDEA/IEP terms to clarify that there is nothing in the IDEA that would prohibit the use of the... Read More


2014

POLICY LETTER: June 2, 2014 to Mark W. Voigt

TOPIC: Due Process Hearing Decision Implementation Timelines


2013

POLICY LETTER: July 31, 2013 to Garth Tymeson

TOPIC: Applicability of Physical Education for Preschool Children with Disabilities

OSEP Memo and Q&A on Dispute Resolution (July 23, 2013)

OSERS issued this Q&A document to provide parents, parent training and information centers, school personnel, state educational agencies (SEAs), local... Read More

POLICY LETTER: July 19, 2013 to Maureen Greer

TOPIC: Questions and Answers Part C Provisions


2012


2011


2010

Q&A on the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) (August 25, 2010)

OSERS issues this Q&A document to provide states, state educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and other interested parties... Read More

POLICY LETTER: February 12, 2010 to Alabama attorney James Irby

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Individualized Education Programs SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children with Disabilities; Section 614—Evaluations,... Read More

POLICY LETTER: January 7, 2010 to Texas attorney Nona Matthews

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Individualized Education Programs SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children with Disabilities; Section 614—Evaluations,... Read More


2009

POLICY LETTER: October 21, 2009 to Chief State School Officers and State Directors of Special Education

TOPIC ADDRESSED: State Determinations on the Performance of each Local Educational Agency | SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for... Read More

POLICY LETTER: August 24, 2009 to New York Attorney Tara Moffett

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Evaluations, Parental Consent, and Reevaluations | SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With... Read More

POLICY LETTER: August 21, 2009 to New Jersey attorney Rotimi Owoh

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Discipline Procedures | SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 615—Procedural... Read More

Q&A on Disproportionality (June 25, 2009)

This Q&A document provides parents, parent training and information centers, school personnel, SEAs, LEAs, advocacy organizations and other interested parties... Read More

GUIDANCE: Discipline Procedures (June 2009)

TOPIC ADDRESSED: This Q&A document on discipline procedures provides parents, parent training and information centers, school personnel, state educational agencies... Read More


2008

POLICY LETTER: June 3, 2008 to Indiana Attorney Joseph Daniel Thomas

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Individualized Education Programs | SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children with Disabilities; Section... Read More

POLICY LETTER: May 1, 2008 to West Virginia Attorney James Gerl.

Topic Areas: Discipline Procedures

Summary

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Student Discipline SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children with Disabilities; Section 615—Procedural Safeguards

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GUIDANCE: Homeless Children with Disabilities (February 2008)

This Q&A document provides state and local educational officials, early intervention services providers and homeless assistance coordinators with information to... Read More

POLICY LETTER: January 25, 2008 to U.S. Senator Joseph I. Lieberman

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Children In Private Schools SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section... Read More


2007

POLICY LETTER December 26, 2007 to Dear Colleague

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Educational Placements | SECTION OF IDEA: Other Letters That Do Not Interpret the IDEA But May Be... Read More

POLICY LETTER: October 22, 2007 to U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Prohibition on Mandatory Medication SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section... Read More

POLICY LETTER: August 24, 2007 to Disability Rights Advocate Pat Kelly

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Individualized Education Programs SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 614—Evaluations,... Read More

POLICY LETER: August 7, 2007 to U.S. Representative Bill Shuster

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Confidentiality of Education Records SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section... Read More

POLICY LETTER: May 10, 2007 to U.S. Representative Doris O. Matsui

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Evaluations and Reevaluations SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 614—Evaluations,... Read More

POLICY LETTER: March 16, 2007 to Dear Parent

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Transition to Postsecondary Education | SECTION OF IDEA: Other Letters that Do Not Interpret the IDEA But... Read More

POLICY LETTER: March 16, 2007 to Dear Colleague

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Transition to Postsecondary Education SECTION OF IDEA: Other Letters That Do Not Interpret the IDEA But May... Read More

POLICY LETTER: March 6, 2007 to Texas Governor Rick Perry

TOPIC ADDRESSED: State Allocation Formula SECTION OF IDEA: Part C—Infants And Toddlers With Disabilities Section 643 - Allocation of... Read More

POLICY LETTER: February 7, 2007 to Chief State School Officers

February 7, 2007 to Chief State School Officers. TOPIC ADDRESSED: Assessment and Accountability SECTION OF IDEA: Other Letters... Read More


2006

POLICY LETTER: September 19, 2006 to U.S. Senator Judd Gregg

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Special Education and Related Services | SECTION OF IDEA: Part A—General Provisions; Section 602—Definitions

POLICY LETTER: September 5, 2006 to Chief State School Officers

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Highly Qualified Teachers | SECTION OF IDEA: Other Letters That Do Not Interpret the IDEA But May... Read More

POLICY LETTER: May 15, 2006 to Chief State School Officers

TOPIC ADDRESSED: No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 | SECTION OF IDEA: Other Letters That Do Not Interpret... Read More


2005

POLICY LETTER: December 14, 2005 to Chief State School Officers

TOPIC ADDRESSED: No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 | SECTION OF IDEA: Other Letters That Do Not Interpret... Read More

POLICY LETTER: October 21, 2005 to Chief State School Officers

TOPIC ADDRESSED: No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 | SECTION OF IDEA: Other Letters That Do Not Interpret... Read More

POLICY LETTER: October 12, 2005 to Iowa Department of Education Program Consultant-Medicaid Dann Stevens

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Confidentiality of Education Records | SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities;... Read More

POLICY LETTER: September 21, 2005 to Louisiana Superintendent of Education Cecil J. Picard

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Maintenance of State Financial Support | SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With... Read More

POLICY LETTER: September 21, 2005 to Texas Commissioner of Education Shirley Neeley

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Evaluation | SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 612—State Eligibility

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POLICY LETTER: September 13, 2005 to Carroll Independent School District (Grapevine, Texas) Superintendent Gary S. Mathews

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Confidentiality of Education Records | SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities;... Read More

POLICY LETTER: July 25, 2005 to Dear Colleague RESCINDED

Rescinded Oct. 2017

TOPIC ADDRESSED: State Administration | SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With... Read More

POLICY LETTER: June 27, 2005 OSEP Memorandum 05-09

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Children With Disabilities Placed in Private Schools by Their Parents | SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for... Read More

POLICY LETTER: March 17, 2005 OSEP Memorandum 05-08

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Free Appropriate Public Education SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section... Read More

POLICY LETTER: March 9, 2005 OSEP Memorandum 05-07

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Distribution of Funds | SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section... Read More

POLICY LETTER: March 2, 2005 to Austin Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Pascal D. Forgione, Jr.

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Confidentiality of Education Records | SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities;... Read More

POLICY LETTER: February 28, 2005 to Massachusetts Advocate Kristen Serwecki

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Individualized Education Programs SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 614—Evaluations,... Read More

POLICY LETTERS: January 28, 2005 Memorandum to Chief State School Officers

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Extension of Liquidation Periods for Grantees under State Administered Programs | SECTION OF IDEA: Other Letters that... Read More


2004

POLICY LETTER: November 3, 2004 to Advocate Louis H. Geigerman

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Free Appropriate Public Education | SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities;... Read More

POLICY LETTER: November 3, 2004 to Ohio Attorney Helen S. Carroll

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Educational Placements | SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 614—Evaluations,... Read More

POLICY LETTER: October 1, 2004 OSEP Memorandum 05-01

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Part B Grant Awards | SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities;... Read More

POLICY LETTER: August 30, 2004 to U.S. Congressman Maurice Hinchey and other members of Congress

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Captioning | SECTION OF IDEA: Part D—National Activities to Improve Education of Children With Disabilities; Subpart 2—Coordinated... Read More

POLICY LETTER: August 13, 2004 to individual (personally identifiable information redacted)

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Confidentiality of Education Records | SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities;... Read More

POLICY LETTER: March 2, 2004 to Chief State School Officers

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Accountability | SECTION OF IDEA: Other Letters that Do Not Interpret the IDEA but May Be of... Read More

POLICY LETTER: March 1, 2004 OSEP memorandum 04-07

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Distribution of Funds | SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section... Read More

POLICY LETTER: February 25, 2004 Pennsylvania Department of Education Assistant Counsel Amy C. Foerster

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Confidentiality of Education Records | SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities;... Read More

POLICY LETTER: February 25, 2004 to Alabama Department of Education State School Nurse Consultant Martha Holloway

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Confidentiality of Education Records | SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities;... Read More

POLICY LETTER: February 18, 2004 to California Department of Education Special Education Consultant Dr. Allan M. Lloyd-Jones

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Confidentiality of Education Records | SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities;... Read More

POLICY LETTER: February 12, 2004 to individual (personally identifiable information redacted)

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Child Find | SECTION OF IDEA: Part C—Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities; Section 635—Requirements for Statewide System


2003

POLICY LETTER: December 24, 2003 to Attorney Leigh M. Manasevit

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Condition of Assistance | SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section... Read More

POLICY LETTER: October 17, 2003 to U.S. Congressman Ruben Hinojosa

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Procedural Safeguards | SECTION OF IDEA: Other Letters that Do Not Interpret the IDEA But May Be... Read More

POLICY LETTER: October 2, 2003 to Daniel W. Morse, Esq.

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Individualized Education Programs | SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section... Read More

POLICY LETTER: August 28, 2003 to Chief State School Officers

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Free Appropriate Public Education | SECTION OF IDEA: Other Letters that Do Not Interpret the IDEA But... Read More

POLICY LETTER: August 22, 2003 OSEP memorandum 03-10

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Special Education and Related Services | SECTION OF IDEA: Part A—General Provisions; Section 602—Definitions

POLICY LETTER: July 28, 2003 to Chief State School Officers

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Personnel Standards SECTION OF IDEA: Other Letters that Do Not Interpret the IDEA But May Be of... Read More

POLICY LETTER: July 2, 2003 to Chief State School Officers

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Confidentiality of Education Records | SECTION OF IDEA: Other Letters that Do Not Interpret the IDEA But... Read More

POLICY LETTER: July 1, 2003 OSEP memorandum 08-3

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Distribution of Funds SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 611... Read More

POLICY LETTER: June 4, 2003 to individual (personally identifiable information redacted)

SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 614—Evaluations, Eligibility Determinations, Individualized Education Programs, and... Read More

POLICY LETTER: April 15, 2003 OSEP memorandum 03-7

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Allocation of Grants SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 611... Read More

POLICY LETTER: April 15, 2003 OSEP memorandum 03-6

  TOPIC ADDRESSED: State Interagency Coordinating Council SECTION OF IDEA: Part C - Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities;... Read More

POLICY LETTER: April 8, 2003 OSEP memorandum 03-5

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Responsibilities of the Office of Special Education Programs SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All... Read More

POLICY LETTER: April 2, 2003 to Sonja D. Kerr, Esq

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Individualized Education Programs SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 614... Read More

POLICY LETTER: February 4, 2003 to West Virginia Advocate Susan Given

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Individualized Education Programs SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 614... Read More


2002

POLICY LETTER: November 21, 2002 to U.S. Congressman Dennis Moore

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Individualized Education Programs | SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section... Read More

POLICY LETTER: November 19, 2002 to Dr. Perry A. Zirkel

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Procedural Safeguards | SECTION OF IDEA: Other Letters Relevant to the Administration of IDEA Programs

POLICY LETTER: November 8, 2002 to U.S. Congressman Ken Lucas

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Child with a Disability | SECTION OF IDEA: Other Letters Relevant to the Administration of IDEA Programs

POLICY LETTER: October 29, 2002 to Dr. Perry A. Zirkel

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Applicability of Regulations | SECTION OF IDEA: Other Letters Relevant to the Administration of IDEA Programs

POLICY LETTER: October 22, 2002 to Chief State School Officers

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Free Appropriate Public Education | SECTION OF IDEA: Other Letters Relevant to the Administration of IDEA Programs

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POLICY LETTER: October 9, 2002 to Beth L. Sims, Esq.

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Free Appropriate Public Education | SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities;... Read More

POLICY LETTER: October 9, 2002 to individual, (personally identifiable information redacted)

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Independent Educational Evaluations | SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section... Read More

POLICY LETTER: September 30, 2002 memorandum to Governors and Chief State School Officers

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Authorization of Appropriations | SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section... Read More

POLICY LETTER: August 13, 2002 to Dr. Lucille Linde

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Accountability for Results | SECTION OF IDEA: Other Letters Relevant to the Administration of IDEA Programs

POLICY LETTER: July 24, 2002 to Dear Colleague

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Accountability for Results | SECTION OF IDEA: Other Letters Relevant to the Administration of IDEA Programs

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POLICY LETTER: July 16, 2002 to Michael J. Hernandez, Esquire

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Maintenance of Effort | SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section... Read More

POLICY LETTER: July 12, 2002 to U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Child with a Disability | SECTION OF IDEA: Other Letters Relevant to the Administration of IDEA Programs

POLICY LETTER: June 27, 2002 to Illinois State Board of Education Director of Special Education Dr. Anthony E. Sims

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Individualized Education Programs | SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section... Read More

POLICY LETTER: June 14, 2002 to Dear Colleague

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Free Appropriate Public Education | SECTION OF IDEA: Other Letters Relevant to the Administration of IDEA Programs

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POLICY LETTER: April 2, 2002 to G. Emerson Dickman, Esquire

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Personnel Standards | SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 612—State... Read More

POLICY LETTER: February 13, 2002 to U.S. Congresswoman Judy Biggert

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Amendment of Regulations | SECTION OF IDEA: Part C—Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities; Section 631—Findings and Policy

POLICY LETTER: February 12, 2002 to Kelly C. Wilson, Esq.

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Early Intervention Services | SECTION OF IDEA: Part C—Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities; Section 636—Individualized Family Service... Read More

POLICY LETTER: January 18, 2002 to U.S. Congresswoman Patsy Mink

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Responsibilities of the Office of Special Education Programs | SECTION OF IDEA: Part A—General Provisions; Section 603—Office... Read More


2001

POLICY LETTER: December 4, 2001 to U.S. Congressman Roscoe E. Bartlett

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Confidentiality of Education Records | SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities;... Read More

POLICY LETTER: November 26, 2001 to Attorney Paul Veazey, Esq.

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Educational Placements | SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 614—Evaluations,... Read More

POLICY LETTER: October 10, 2001 to U.S. Congressman Curt Weldon

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Assessments | SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 612—State Eligibility

POLICY LETTER: September 12, 2001 OSEP memorandum 01-18

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Applicability of Regulations | SECTION OF IDEA: Part A—General Provisions; Section 607—Requirements for Prescribing Regulations

POLICY LETTER: August 6, 2001 to U.S. Senator Richard Shelby

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Natural Environments | SECTION OF IDEA: Part C—Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities; Section 636—Individualized Family Service Plan

POLICY LETTER: July 23, 2001 to U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Individualized Education Programs | SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section... Read More

POLICY LETTER: July 2, 2001 to Marilyn Shepherd, Ed.D.

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Individualized Education Programs | SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section... Read More

POLICY LETTER: July 2, 2001 to individual (personally identifiable information redacted)

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Condition of Assistance | SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section... Read More

POLICY LETTER: June 14, 2001 to US Congressman Ike Skelton.

Topic Areas: Natural Environments

Summary

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Natural Environments SECTION OF IDEA: Part C—Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities; Section 636—Individualized Family Service Plan

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POLICY LETTER: June 6, 2001 OSEP memorandum 01-14.

Summary

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Distribution of Funds SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 611—Authorization;... Read More

POLICY LETTER: June 4, 2001 OSEP memorandum 01-13.

Summary

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Distribution of Funds

SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 611—Authorization; Allotment;... Read More

POLICY LETTER: May 2, 2001 to Dr. Garry Gardner.

Summary

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Eligibility Criteria SECTION OF IDEA: Part C—Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities; Section 635—Requirements for a Statewide System

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POLICY LETTER: April 16, 2001 to Professor Perry A. Zirkel.

Topic Areas: Discipline Procedures

Summary

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Student Discipline SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 615—Procedural Safeguards

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POLICY LETTER: April 16, 2001 to US Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson.

Topic Areas: Individualized Education Programs

Summary

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Individualized Education Programs SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 614—Evaluations,... Read More

POLICY LETTER: April 16, 2001 to US Senator Robert C. Byrd.

Topic Areas: Early Intervention

Summary

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Early Intervention Services SECTION OF IDEA: Part C—Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities; Section 636—Individualized Family Service Plan

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POLICY LETTER: March 30, 2001 to School Board Attorney John W. Bowen. — WITHDRAWN

Topic Areas: Free Appropriate Public Education

Summary—WITHDRAWN

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Free Appropriate Public Education SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section... Read More

POLICY LETTER: January 12, 2001 to Dear Colleagues.

Summary

TOPIC ADDRESSED: Schoolwide Programs SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 613—Local Educational... Read More

Severe Discrepancy