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A Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education from Office for Exceptional Children effective August 1, 2017
The Guide dated April 2017 below replaces the Whose IDEA Is It? booklet which has been published and revised for several years by the Ohio Dept of Education, Office for Exceptional Children.  School districts can use the current Whose IDEA Is It along with required memorandum dated January 21, 2014 through July 31, 2017.  Beginning August 1, 2017 this document must be used.  OEC is working to translate this document into several languages.  A Guide to Parent Rights Additional information, including the memorandum, can be found at the Ohio Dept of Education website 
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.

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