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This review by OMB is usually the last step before federal regulations are published.
There are exceptions that can extend the review process: OMB may have a 30-day extension and the director may request an extension. If OMB determines that there are problems with the regulations, they will send the regulations back to the Education Department.
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 Regulations So Important?
The purpose of regulations is to clarify and explain the law. A regulation must be consistent with the law.
The Education Department is required to develop the federal special education regulations.
After the Education Department issued the proposed IDEA regulations on June 11, 2005, public hearings were held and comments were received.
Will the Regulations Clarify Thorny Issues?
The reauthorized IDEA 2004 statute includes significant changes in many key areas, including:
Will the final IDEA 2004 regulations clarify these issues?
In August, we may have answers to these questions.
IDEA 2004 Webcasts
Proposed IDEA Regulations Reformatted by Wrightslaw - The proposed special education regulations issued by the Dept of Education on June 10 were 652 pages long. To make the regulations more accessible, we reformatted this long document into two documents:
What You Need to Know About IDEA 2004
IDEA 2004: What You Need to Know About the New School District Attorneys' Fees Provision by Jess Butler, Esq.