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Coming Soon? IDEA 2004 Regs Under Review;
What You Need to Know about IDEA 2004
At Wrightslaw, our mission is to help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to navigate the confusing, changing world of special education.
1. Coming Soon? IDEA 2004 Regulations Under Review
The U. S. Department of Education sent the IDEA 2004 regulations to the Office of Management and Budget. The review by OMB is usually the last step before federal regulations are published.
Assuming the final regulations pass muster with OMB, they will probably be published within the next few weeks - the expected date is early to mid-August.
Why are the federal regulations so important? What changes did Congress make in IDEA 2004? What are burning questions do the regs need to answer?
Note: After the final regulations are published and we have analyzed them, we will have several webcast events about the regulations and their impact. Stay tuned!
2. What You Need to Know About IDEA 2004
After IDEA 2004 was reauthorized, we wrote a series of What You Need to Know about IDEA 2004 articles. You may want to review some of these articles .
IDEA 2004: What You Need to Know About Section 1412 - State Eligibility (Catch-All Statute) - State Eligibility (the Catch-All Statute) includes free appropriate public education; child find; least restrictive environment; equitable services for children in private schools; tuition reimbursement for unilateral placements; assessments, alternative assessments, accommodations guidelines, and more.
3. IDEA 2004 Publications, Reports, Resources
Many legal, educational and disability organizations have published reports about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004).
To see how different organizations - the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), National Association of Protection & Advocacy Systems, Congressional Research Service, Council of Exceptional Children, Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) - view IDEA 2004, please visit the IDEA 2004 Publications & Resources Page.
4. Summer Schedule: Wrightslaw Programs in FL, GA, TX, KY, PA
Wrightslaw offers a variety of special education law and advocacy programs taught by experts in the field of special education law and advocacy, including four free programs in Florida (but you must act fast)!
The Summer 2006 schedule includes these programs:
June 14: Rehoboth Beach, DE - Special Ed Law & Advocacy Training with Pete and Pam Wright at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel; sponsored by The Arc of Delaware. SOLD OUT!
July 11, 2006 - Tallahassee (Leon County Dept of Health) - What You Don't Know About IDEA 2004 CAN Hurt You; sponsored by Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC) - Free!
July 13, 2006 - Tampa (Shriners Hospital) - What You Don't Know About IDEA 2004 CAN Hurt You; sponsored by Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC) - Free!
July 15, 2006 - Miami (Wayside Baptist Church) - What You Don't Know About IDEA 2004 CAN Hurt You; sponsored by Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC) - Free!
July 17, 2006 - Ft. Lauderdale (NSU/NOVA) - What You Don't Know About IDEA 2004 CAN Hurt You; sponsored by Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC) - Free !
August 3: Austin, TX - Special Education Law & Advocacy Training sponsored by Texas Parent to Parent, Speakers: Wayne Steedman and Pat Howey
August 15: Philadelphia, PA - Special Education Law & Advocacy Training sponsored by the North Penn Special Education Council. Speakers: Pete and Pam Wright
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