Special Education

Public Comment - Proposed Amendment of Sections 200.3 and 200.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to the Additional Parent Member of the Committee on Preschool Special Education

Proposed Amendment of Sections 200.3 and 200.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to the Additional Parent Member of the Committee on Preschool Special Education

The New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) P-12: Office of Special Education is seeking public comment on the proposed amendment of sections 200.3 and 200.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education relating to the additional parent member of the committee on preschool special education (CPSE).  The proposed amendment, which conforms the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education to Chapters 213 of the Laws of 2013, repeals the provision that the additional parent member is a required member of the CPSE unless the parents of the student request that he/she not participate in the meeting; adds that the additional parent member of the CPSE would be a required member of the CPSE if requested by the parent or a member of the CPSE in writing at least 72 hours prior to the meeting; and provides that parents must receive proper written notice of their right to have an additional parent member attend any CPSE meeting along with a statement, prepared by NYSED, explaining the role of having the additional parent attend the meeting.  The proposed amendment also makes a technical amendment to replace the term "presence" with "attendance" to ensure consistency with the terminology used in Education Law section 4402(1)(b)(1)(b), relating to the meeting notice for meetings of the committee on special education. 

A Notice of Proposed Rule Making will be published in the State Register on September 11, 2013.  Public comment on the proposed amendment will be accepted for 45 days from the date of the publication.  It is anticipated that the proposed amendment will be submitted for action by the Board of Regents at their November 18-19, 2013 meeting with a proposed effective date of December 4, 2013.  Additional information regarding the proposed amendment will be available on the Office of P-12 Education: Office of Special Education website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/timely.htm.

Written comments word document (48 KB) on the proposed amendment will be accepted for 45 days after its September 11, 2013 publication in the New York State Register (comments must be received by October 28, 2013) and may be submitted to:  James P. DeLorenzo, Assistant Commissioner, P-12: Office of Special Education, New York State Education Department, 89 Washington Avenue, Room 309 EB, Albany, NY  12234, Attention:  Proposed Amendment - Sections 200.3 and 200.5.  Comments may also be faxed to 518-473-5387 or emailed to: spedpubliccomment@mail.nysed.gov.

We request that written public comment regarding the proposed amendment be provided using the Public Comment Submission Sheet word document (48 KB).

Last Updated: September 3, 2013