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1. Education Dept Issues IDEA 2004 Regulations!
On Thursday, August 3, the U. S. Department of Education announced that the regulations to implement IDEA 2004 were available to the public. (Read Dept of Ed Issues IDEA 2004 Regulations)
According to the news release from the Education Department, the preambles, regulations, and appendices were available from the Department of Education site at http://www.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/idea2004.html
2. Wrightslaw Reformats IDEA 2004 Regs - and Why
When we downloaded the IDEA 2004 regulations, they were 1,700+ pages long and difficult to read (double-spaced, Courier, 12 points). In addition to the IDEA 2004 regulations, the document included two preambles, a summary of major changes, changes made and not made in response to public comments, and several appendices.
Regulations include sections, subsections, and subsections to a subsection. They are intended to be read and understood in an outline format. The original document did not visually indent the subsections which made them difficult to read and understand.
3. Effective Date
The IDEA 2004 regulations go into effect 60 days after they are officially published in the Federal Register. The regulations are scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on August 14, 2006.
4. Coming Soon! Wrightslaw Webcasts on IDEA 2005 Regs
After we have analyzed the IDEA 2004 regulations, we will schedule webcasts and online events about the regulations and their likely impact.
You will find information about these web events at the Wrightslaw WebEx Training Center.
5. Wrightslaw Training in PA, MI, WA
Wrightslaw offers a variety of special education law and advocacy programs taught by nationally-known experts in the field. The schedule includes programs in these states and cities:
August 15: Philadelphia, PA - Special Education Law & Advocacy Training by Pete and Pam Wright, sponsored by the North Penn Special Education Council. * Register Online *
September 22: Stevensville, MI - Special Education Law & Advocacy Training by Wayne Steedman and Pat Howey, sponsored by Autism in Berrien County Speaks. * Register *
September 30: Seattle, WA - Special Education Advocacy Training by advocate and paralegal Pat Howey, sponsored by the Snohomish County Developmental Disabilities Family Support Grant. * How to Register *
2006-2007 Schedule l Program Descriptions l Online Training
We are now scheduling programs for 2007 and 2008. If you are interested in bringing a Wrightslaw program to your community, please read this Conference Information.
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