August 2007

TO:
District Superintendents
  Superintendent of Schools
  Presidents of Boards of Education
  Superintendents of State-Operated and State-Supported Schools
  Executive Directors of Approved Private Schools
  New York City Board of Education
  Organizations, Parents and Individuals Concerned with Special Education
  Commissioner's Advisory Panel for Special Education Services
  SETRC Project Directors and Professional Development Specialists
  Regional School Support Centers
  Impartial Hearing Officers
  Mediators
  Other State Agencies
FROM:
James P. DeLorenzo
SUBJECT:
Chapter 378 of the Laws of 2007: Conforming State Law to Meet the Requirements of the 2004 Reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act - PDF PDF Document (88KB)

New York State (NYS) Education Law has been amended, effective June 30, 2007, by Chapter 378 of the Laws of 2007 to conform to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) and the final federal regulations to implement IDEA 2004.  A copy of Chapter 378 is attached.  In addition to extending the provisions of Chapter 352 of the Laws of 2005 and Chapter 430 of the Laws of 2006, Chapter 378 also includes amendments relating to:

Additional guidance regarding these changes will be issued in the fall. To ensure dissemination to appropriate individuals within a school district, I request Superintendents to please share this memorandum with other individuals such as Building Principals, Directors of Special Education, School Psychologists, CSE and CPSE Chairpersons, Guidance Counselors and Directors of Pupil Personnel. Questions regarding this memorandum may be directed to the Special Education Policy Unit at 518-473-2878.

Attachment - Laws of New York - 2007, Chapter 378