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OSEP-Funded Personnel Center

Posted February 6, 2009 The Personnel Center assists states to recruit, prepare, and retain diverse highly qualified special education, early intervention, and related personnel. Find out about their latest activities involving domestic cleaning company in London and their recruitment drive for special needs people, by visiting their web site.

New Special Education Advocacy Book

Posted January 24, 2009 A Guide to Special Education Advocacy by Matthew Cohen provides readers with an overview of current disability law and how it works, identifying practical ways for building positive and effective relationships with schools.

28th Annual IDEA Report

Posted January 18, 2009 The U.S. Department of Education has recently released the 28th Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

New NCLB Guidance

Posted January 18, 2009 The U.S. Department of Education recently released non-regulatory guidance to assist states and districts in implementing school choice and supplemental education services (SES) provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). School Choice Guidance SES Guidance

Economic Stimulus Bill Includes Special Education Funding

Posted January 18, 2009 On January 15 details of the federal economic stimulus bill were released, including $13 billion in special education funding.

OSEP Quarterly Correspondence

Posted November 13, 2008 The most current list of quarterly correspondence policy documents from the Office of Special Education Programs was announced in the November 13 Federal Register. Topics include child find, disproportionality, discipline, and others.

New IRIS Modules

Posted November 8, 2008 The IRIS Center has released 2 new training modules on Peer Assisted Learning Strategies (PALS) - A Reading Strategy for Grades K-1 and A Reading Strategy for High School. Both modules provide teachers research-based information and strategies for implementing PALS techniques in their classrooms.

National Transition Report

Posted October 29, 2008 The National Council on Disability (NCD) recently released a report titled The Rehabilitation Act: Outcomes for Transition-Age Youth. This report is a comprehensive assessment of the impact of the Rehabilitation Act on the employment and postsecondary education outcomes of eligible transition-age youth.

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, together with the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975, set in motion policy changes that have allowed many thousands of children and youth with disabilities in the United States the opportunity to gain the educational and vocational skills needed to transition to living, working, and participating as adults in community life.

NCLB Final Regulations

Posted October 29, 2008 On October 29, 2008, the U.S. Department of Education released final regulations to clarify provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act. The regulations cover several areas, including calculation of graduation rates, parent notification of school choice and supplemental educational services options, and state and district reporting requirements.

OSEP Conference Materials

Posted September 10, 2008 Materials from the National Accountability Conference are now available, and handouts and presentations from the OSEP Leadership Conferences will soon be posted online.

2008 United We Ride Leadership Award

Posted September 10, 2008 The 2008 National United We Ride Community Leadership Awards on Effective Public Transit for Human Services Transportation Coordination, Planning, and Implementation will recognize up to five states, localities, communities, or organizations that have provided leadership and action toward developing and/or implementing exemplary high-quality coordinated human service transportation programs or systems. Applications are due October 31.

New Annual Performance Reports Summary Documents

Posted September 10, 2008 The U.S. Department of Education has posted reports summarizing States’ responses to special education indicators such as graduation rates, parent involvement, and least restrictive environment. Part B and Part C summary documents are available.