Department of Education Publishes New Guidance Reiterating Importance of IDEA
Last month, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) sent a letter to state and local partners emphasizing the requirement to providing a free, appropriate, public education to students with disabilities in the coming school year.
In the letter, OSERS includes the first in a series of question-and-answer documents (Q&As) intended to support states and districts in properly implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The Q&As included in this letter center around child find under Part B of the IDEA—the requirement that states accurately identify, locate, and evaluate all students who need special education and related services.
The new guidance and question and answer document are part of the larger Back to School Roadmap initiative to support teachers and school districts in using federal funds for the coming school year.