Meeting Federal and State Requirements

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School entities are required to follow the mandates of federal and state laws and regulations in providing free appropriate education to students with disabilities. This site offers resources to assist in meeting those requirements.

  • Nov02

    USDE Rescinded Documents

    Clarifications Regarding Documents Rescinded by the U.S. Department of Education
    On Friday, October 20, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) announced that 72 guidance documents related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 have been rescinded. USDE has stated that these documents were outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective.

  • Oct17

    Learning from Student Voice: Bullying

    YouthTruth is a national nonprofit organization that was created in 2008 in a collaborative effort by the Center for Effective Philanthropy and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The organization is based on the premise that the voices of those one is serving are powerful and by listening to those voices, change can happen for the betterment of the group. Read More…

  • Oct10

    Office for Civil Rights Releases Report to Ensure Educational Equity for All Students

    The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released its fiscal year 2016 annual report highlighting efforts during the last year to protect students’ civil rights and increase educational equity nationwide. Read More…

  • Oct10

    Tools to Support Successful Reentry for Formerly Incarcerated Youth and Adults

    The U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention developed a toolkit providing guidance to educators and others to support a successful reentry system for formerly incarcerated youth and adults. Read More…

  • Oct10

    New Grad Nation Report Released

    The 2017 Building a Grad Nation report written annually by Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, and released in partnership with America’s Promise Alliance and the Alliance for Excellent Education, examines the progress and challenges the nation faces in reaching the Grad Nation goal of a national on-time graduation rate of 90 percent by the Class of 2020. Read more…

  • Jun23

    U.S. Department of Education Launches New IDEA Website

    The U.S. Department of Education launched a new website dedicated to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Read more…

  • Jun22

    Report on Homeless Students Released

    A report, Hidden in Plain Sight: Homeless Students in America’s Public School examines the growing problem of student homelessness by interviewing and surveying currently and formerly homeless students and the state coordinators and local liaisons assigned to help them. Written by a team of researchers at Civic Enterprises, the study was released by America’s Promise Alliance, a leader of the GradNation campaign. Read more…

  • Jun21

    GAO Report on Racial Discrimination

    Recent literature shows that poor and minority students may not have full access to educational opportunities. The Government Accounting Office (GAO) was asked to examine poverty and race in schools and efforts by the Departments of Education and Justice, which are responsible for enforcing federal civil rights laws prohibiting racial discrimination against students. Read more…

  • May26

    Foster Care Transition Toolkit Offers Tips for Helping Foster Youth Succeed as Adults

    The U.S. Department of Education toolkit was developed to inspire and support current and former foster youth pursuing college and career opportunities. The Foster Care Transition Toolkit includes tips and resources intended to help foster youth access and navigate social, emotional, educational and skills barriers as they transition into adulthood. Read more…

  • Feb19

    IDEA Section 618 Static Data Tables Released

    Section 618 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that each state submit data about infants and toddlers, birth through age 2, who receive early intervention services under Part C of IDEA and children with disabilities, ages 3 through 21, who receive special education and related services under Part B of IDEA. OSEP’s recently released Static Data Tables provide data users easy access to these figures. The Static Data Tables provide commonly used percentages associated with the following IDEA Section 618 data: Read More…


  • Diane Funsten
    Mathematics, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS/RtII), Procedural Safeguards
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