Special Education

News, Announcements and Timely Information

NEW- Policy Memorandum - A memorandum providing additional guidance and protocols related to the health and safety of students with disabilities with elopement behaviors is now available.

NEW- Policy Memorandum - At their March 2014 meeting, the Board of Regents approved, through emergency action, an amendment to sections 200.16(c) and 200.20(b) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education to conform to section 4410 of Education Law.  While these regulations become effective April 17, 2014, they are also available for public comment prior to permanent adoption.

NEW - Forms and Notices - Translations of the revised  Sample Due Process Complaint Notice are now available in Russian, Spanish, Korean, Chinese and Haitian-Creole.

NEW - Applications - A memorandum providing updated procedures, forms and policy relating to a school district's responsibility to submit timely and complete applications, as prescribed in section 200.6(j) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, for approval of State reimbursement of tuition costs for placements of students with disabilities in out-of-State approved residential programs is now available. 

NEW - Professional Development - The New York State Education Department, P-12: Office of Special Education and the Career and Technical Education Office are pleased to announce regional conferences on the New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential.

NEW - Public Comment - The New York State Education Department’s P-12: Office of Special Education is seeking public comment on the proposed amendment of sections 200.16(c) and 200.20(b) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education relating to special education services and programs for preschool children with disabilities.  Comments must be received by May 12, 2014.

NEW - Request for Proposals - The New York State Education Department has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to establish 10 Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Centers to act as Special Education Technical Assistance Centers. Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation is seeking proposals for Regional Vocational Rehabilitation-Community Employment Specialists to provide consultative and technical assistance services to school districts and local education agencies who work with transition age youth. Responses are due April 24, 2014.

NEW - Professional Development - The New York State Education Department, P-12: Office of Special Education is pleased to announce the Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionality’s 2014 Summer Institute, designed to provide schools strategies to address issues related of disproportionality and the impact of disproportionality on student achievement.

NEW- Forms and Notices - The Sample Due Process Complaint Notice has been revised to request information from parents who request an impartial hearing as to whether they have another impartial hearing pending or, within the prior year, had requested an impartial hearing and subsequently withdrew their request. 

NEW- Policy Guidance - A memorandum providing additional guidance relating to recent amendments to sections 200.1, 200.5 and 200.16 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education relating to special education impartial hearings is now available.  The amendments became effective February 1, 2014.

Application - Information and materials pertaining to Summer 2014 Extended School Year (ESY) Special Education Programs and clarifying programmatic and reimbursement policies relating to ESY programs are now available.  

Annual Performance Report - The New York State Education Department, Office of Special Education, has posted its Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B Annual Performance Report for  Federal Fiscal Year 2012.  This report provides information on data and improvement activities relating to 18 indicators in three federal priority areas:  Free Appropriate Public Education in the Least Restrictive Environment; Disproportionality: and Effective General Supervision.

Professional Development - The New York State Education Department, P-12: Office of Special Education is pleased to announce the fourth in a series of webinars to be offered by the New York State Response to Intervention Technical Assistance Center on topics related to the development and implementation of RtI frameworks in schools across the State. (Dates of Webinars - March 17, March 24, March 31, April 7 and April 28, 2014)

Policy Memorandum - The P-12: Office of Special Education has issued a memorandum providing clarification on access to official authorized copies of the Parent Survey for Indicator 8 of the State Performance Plan.

 

Last Updated: April 11, 2014