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U.S. Department of Education Announces Partnership with National Urban League
http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2006/09/09222006a.html
On September 21, 2006, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced a partnership with the National Urban League to increase student enrollment in free tutoring and after-school programs. Under the No Child Left Behind Act, low-income families can enroll their child in such supplemental educational services if he/she attends a Title I school that has been designated by the state to be in need of improvement for longer than one year.

Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004 Web Site (Part B)
http://idea.ed.gov/explore/home
The U.S. Department of Education has created an online “one-stop shop” for resources related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its implementing regulations, which were released on August 3, 2006. The site will ultimately provide searchable versions of IDEA and the regulations, access to cross-referenced content from other laws (e.g., the No Child Left Behind Act, the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act), video clips, topic briefs on selected regulations, links to the Office of Special Education Programs’ Technical Assistance and Dissemination Network, and a Q&A Corner where users can submit questions.

OSERS’ New Priorities
http://www.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/priorities.html
On August 11, 2006, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) Assistant Secretary John H. Hager announced OSERS’ new priorities. The priorities include: 1) create a culture of student achievement, 2) advance the use of evidence-based practices, 3) achieve self-sufficiency through postsecondary education and/or employment, 4) expand access to and utilization of assistive technology, 5) improve accountability for OSERS programs, and 6) strengthen management excellence.

Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 2006: A Proclamation by the President
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/07/20060725-3.html
The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law on July 26, 1990. Since then, it has “helped fulfill the promise of America for millions of individuals living with disabilities,” reads this statement from the White House. “The anniversary of this landmark legislation is an important opportunity to celebrate our progress over the last 16 years and the many contributions individuals with disabilities make to our country.”

IDEA Part B Regulations Published
http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20061800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2006/pdf/06-6656.pdf
On August 14, 2006, the official and final Part B regulations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) were published in the Federal Register. They are available in PDF (307 pages, 1.4 MB). In addition, the “model forms” for Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), procedural safeguards notices, and prior written consent notices are now available at http://www.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/idea2004.html#tools.

No Child Left Behind Act: Education Actions Needed to Improve Local Implementation and State Evaluation of Supplemental Educational Services
http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d06758.pdf
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) requires districts with schools that have not met state performance goals for three consecutive years to offer their low-income students supplemental educational services (SES), such as tutoring, if these schools receive Title I funds. This report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), released August 4, 2006, examines how SES participation changed from 2003-2004 to 2004-2005, how SES providers are working with districts to deliver SES, how states are monitoring and evaluating SES, and how the U.S. Department of Education monitors and supports state implementation of SES. Available in PDF (71 pages, 1.6 MB).

No Child Left Behind Act: States Face Challenges Measuring Academic Growth That Education’s Initiatives May Help Address
http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d06661.pdf
Some states have expressed interest in using growth models that measure changes in test scores over time to determine if schools are meeting proficiency targets, as required by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). For this report, released July 17, 2006, the U.S. Government Accountability Office assessed the extent to which states have used growth models, the extent to which growth models can measure progress in achieving key NCLB goals, and the challenges states may face in using growth models to meet adequate yearly progress requirements and how the Department of Education is assisting them. Available in PDF (54 pages, 1.8 MB).

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Announces its Long-Term Goals
http://www.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/goals.html
On July 17, 2006, John H. Hager, the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), U.S. Department of Education, announced OSERS’ new long-term goals. The five goals address academic excellence for children and youth with disabilities, meaningful and competitive employment for people with disabilities, successful transition, and the use and reuse of assistive technology, among other topics.

U.S. Secretary of Education Announces the New Regulations for IDEA—Part B
http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2006/08/08032006b.html
On August 3, 2006, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced the new regulations for Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The Department of Education has prepared a package to help guide the public through these changes; it includes the actual text of the regulations, an analysis of the public’s comments, a summary of the major changes since publication of the proposed regulations, and several appendices, including one offering additional guidance for implementing the regulations. Once the final regulations are published in the Federal Register, the Department will also publish and disseminate (on its Web site) a set of model forms for individualized education programs (IEPs), notices of procedural safeguards, and prior written notices as required under IDEA. To give Americans as much time as possible to review the regulations before they take effect, the Department has posted an unofficial copy on its Web site. The official copy of these regulations will be published in the Federal Register in about two weeks, and the final regulations will become effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.

U.S. Department of Education Issues Final Regulations for IDEA Part D—Personnel Development
http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/finrule/2006-2/060506a.html
The U.S. Department of Education has released final regulations relating to service obligations under IDEA Part D—Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities. These regulations went into effect on July 5, 2006. Major changes from the proposed regulations include the expansion of eligible employment options for scholars, and an increase in the number of years allowed to fulfill a scholar’s service obligation, from three years to five.

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