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Transition to 2017: Keeping it all together

from Office of Special Education Programs

Happy New Year and all the best for a productive and rewarding 2017! We have shared a great number of releases with you over the past couple of months, which may have been difficult to keep up with around the holidays. For ease of reference, we have compiled the resources, guidance, and other documents in one place.
  • The Department released several documents related to the rights of students with disabilities attending public charter schools, including a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), a Know Your Rights factsheet, and FAQ documents relating to Section 504 and IDEA. Stay tuned for details on a webinar presenting the guidance package, available next week!
  • Alongside the charter schools documents, the Department released guidance and resources related to Restraint and Seclusion.
  • The Equity in IDEA final rule was published. Visit the OSERS webpage for additional resources. OSERS has also created a mailbox to accept your questions on the regulations: SignificantDisproportionalityRule@ed.gov.
  • The Department also made several announcements related to ESSA, including updates and resources on the Assessments final rule and peer review process. The Office of State Support debuted a webinar series on January 8th, which walks states through the ESSA Consolidated State Plan. The recorded webinars will be posted on ED's ESSA Resource page. The first in the series is available here.
  • New ESSA guidance was released regarding the ESSA Consolidated State Plan, ESSA State and Local Report Cards, and ESSA High School Graduation Rate.
  • Finally, we made you aware of a request for public comment on the Office of Civil Rights' initial proposal for the 2017-2018 Civil Rights Data Collection, which was published in the Federal Register on Dec. 30, 2016. The supporting statements and attachment, found here, layout the changes and ask directed questions related to 1) computer science; 2) student access to bandwidth; 3) adding Puerto Rico, Guam, and other territories to the collection; and 4) the treatment of students with disabilities placed in private settings. The comment period will be open through Feb. 28.
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