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Extension of Comment Period until Sept 20th—ED Regulatory Reform
On June 22, 2017, the Department published a request for input on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification. That request established a 60-day comment period beginning June 22, 2017, and closing August 21, 2017.  To ensure that all interested parties are provided ample time and opportunity to submit comments, the Department published a new Federal Register notice on August 11, 2017. This notice extends the public comment period for 30 days, until September 20, 2017.    For more information regarding the extended comment period, check out this post, Extension of Comment Period: ED Regulatory Reform, on the OSERS Blog 
Ohio's 2017 Special Education Determination - Needs Assistance
Every year, each state receives a rating from the U.S. Department of Education on its implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), known as its determination. The U.S. Department of Education uses both procedural compliance and student results data, giving each equal weight, to evaluate each state’s performance. These data result in one of four determinations — Meets Requirements, Needs Assistance, Needs Intervention or Needs Substantial Intervention.  Ohio is one of 34 states receiving a 2017 determination of Needs Assistance, as detailed in this letter and performance matrix. For additional details about how determinations are calculated, click here.  
Technical Changes to IDEA - Final Regulations Released - U. S. Dept of Education
The U.S. Department of Education released Final Regulations (effective June 30, 2017) under Parts B and C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The final regulations make technical revisions required to implement statutory amendments made to the IDEA by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). When ESSA reauthorized ESEA on December 10, 2015, the new law changed sections 602 and 611-614 of the IDEA. As a result, the IDEA regulations were amended in Parts 300 and 303 to reflect the conforming changes. See the amendments summary here. 
New Publication Replaces Whose IDEA Is This? for Parents of Children Receiving Special Education Services

Beginning this school year, the publication, A Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education replaces the former Whose IDEA Is This? as a key source of information for parents of children who are receiving – or may be qualified to receive – special education services. The 33-page guide on procedural safeguards for parents, developed by the Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children, contains the essential information included in the former publication, shortened and simplified for easier use. A Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education is available in 11 languages as well as in braille, large-print and compact disc formats. Districts should no longer use the obsolete Whose IDEA Is This?  

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