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Public Forums on IDEA Regs

The U.S. Department of Education has announced the schedule for public forums on IDEA regulations.

John H. Hager, assistant secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), U.S. Department of Education, is pleased to share with you the schedule of a series of public meetings to be held during the first few months of calendar year 2005 to seek input and suggestions for developing regulations for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004.

Newark, Delaware - January 28, 2005

The first public meeting will be held Friday, January 28, 2005, from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM and from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware. The address for this meeting is:

University of Delaware
University of Delaware Conference Center
John M. Clayton Hall, Room 106
100 Pencader Way
Newark, DE 19716

Columbus, Ohio - February 3, 2005

The second public meeting will be held Thursday, February 3, 2005, from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM and from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. The address for this meeting is:

Ohio State University
School of Education
384 Arps Hall
1945 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43210

Boston, MA - February 7, 2005
The third public meeting will be held February 7, 2005, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. The address for this meeting is:

Sheraton Boston Hotel
Prudential Center
39 Dalton Street
Boston, MA 02199

San Diego, CA - February 11, 2005

The fourth public meeting will be held February 11, 2005, from 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM and from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Lindbergh Schweitzer Elementary School in San Diego, California. The address for this meeting is:

San Diego City Schools
Lindbergh Schweitzer Elementary School
Schweitzer Campus
6911 Balboa Avenue
San Diego, CA 92111

Atlanta, GA - February 15, 2005

The fifth public meeting will be held February 15, 2005, from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM and from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Frederick Douglass High School in Atlanta, Georgia. The address for this meeting is:

Atlanta Public Schools
Frederick Douglass High School
225 Hamilton E. Holmes Drive, N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30318

Laramie, WY - February 18, 2005

The sixth public meeting will be held February 18, 2005, from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM and from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the University of Wyoming. The address for this meeting is:

University of Wyoming at Laramie
Wyoming Union, 2nd Floor
Laramie, WY 82071

Washington, DC - February 24, 2005

The last public meeting will be held February 24, 2005, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM and from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Academy for Educational Development. The address for this meeting is:

Academy for Educational Development
Academy Hall
1825 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009

Registration

Individuals can register to comment at the door, on a first-come first-served basis.
Registered individuals will have two to five minutes to comment, depending upon the amount of individuals registered. Individuals can provide oral and written comments at the meetings; written comments that accompany oral remarks are optional.

Written comments or suggestions can also be submitted electronically to comments@ed.gov or mailed to:

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
Potomac Center Plaza, Room 5126
Washington, D.C., 20202-2641 by February 28, 2005.

Questions can be directed to OSERS main number, 202-245-7468, or, if a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) is needed, individuals may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.

For a copy of the law, please visit the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) website at http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep/index.html and go to The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004.

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