Special Education

News, Announcements and Timely Information

NEW - Public Comment - The New York State Education Department’s P-12: Office of Special Education is seeking public comment on the revised proposed amendment of section 200.20(b) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education relating to special education services and programs for preschool children with disabilities. Comments must be received by August 8, 2014.

NEW - Policy Field Advisory - Sections 200.7, 200.15 and 200.22 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education have been amended to conform to Chapter 501 of the Laws of 2012 and the regulations, guidelines and procedures established by the Justice Center.  The regulations, which first became effective June 30, 2013, were subsequently revised and were adopted on a permanent basis effective on May 14, 2014. 

NEW - Field Advisory - The P-12: Office of Special Education has developed resources to assist parents of children with disabilities to have a better understanding of the Common Core Learning Standards and how the child's individualized education program (IEP) should include recommendations to support their child's progress towards those standards. Translations of these resources are now available in Spanish, Korean, Russian, Chinese, and Haitian Creole.

NEW - Field Advisory - A memorandum on the Common Core Learning Standards and students with disabilities is now available. This memorandum provides guidance and information on the roles and responsibilities of the Committee on Special Education to align the development and implementation of each student's individualized education programs to the State's learning standards; the importance of purposeful planning to address students' needs; and information for parents of students with disabilities. 

Applications for IEP Facilitators - The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking applications from individuals to serve as IEP Facilitators in the New York City and Long Island areas.  NYSED will be piloting the use of IEP Facilitation in these two regions of the State, beginning in 2015.  Applications will be accepted until August 1, 2014. 

Translations - The pamphlet, A Parent's Guide to Response to Intervention, which provides parents, families and others with information regarding Response to Intervention is now available in Spanish, Korean, Russian, Chinese, and Haitian Creole.

District Data - The 2012-13 Special Education School District Data Profile for each New York State public school district is now available. 

Policy Field Advisory - A new joint memorandum from the Office of Special Education and STAC/Medicaid Unit with additional information regarding State reimbursement for students with disabilities in approved private schools is now available.

Applications for Impartial Hearing Officers - The New York State Education Department is seeking applications from individuals to serve as impartial hearing officers to conduct special education impartial due process hearings for students with disabilities, 3-21years of age pursuant to section 200.1(x) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.

Amendment to Education Law - Section 4402 of New York State Education Law has been amended by Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2014 to repeal the requirement that the district obtain parental consent prior to the initial provision of special education services to a student with a disability in a 12-month special service and/or program. 

Field Advisory  - The New York State Education Department has taken steps to conduct a comprehensive review of its laws and regulations that apply to the education of students with disabilities pursuant to 20 United States Code section 1407(a)(2) to identify in writing any rule, regulation or policy as a state-imposed requirement that is not required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and federal regulations.  The summary of that review is now available.

Forms and Notices - The New York State Procedural Safeguards Notice: Rights for Parents of Children with Disabilities, Ages 3-21 has been revised to reflect the recent amendment to section 4402 of New York State Education Law by Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2014, relating to parental consent for initial provision of extended school year services.

Policy Memorandum - A memorandum providing additional guidance and protocols related to the health and safety of students with disabilities with elopement behaviors is now available.

Policy Memorandum - At their March 2014 meeting, the Board of Regents approved, through emergency action, an amendment to sections 200.16(c) and 200.20(b) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education to conform to section 4410 of Education Law.  These regulations became effective April 17, 2014.

Applications - A memorandum providing updated procedures, forms and policy relating to a school district's responsibility to submit timely and complete applications, as prescribed in section 200.6(j) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, for approval of State reimbursement of tuition costs for placements of students with disabilities in out-of-State approved residential programs is now available. 

Professional Development - The New York State Education Department, P-12: Office of Special Education and the Career and Technical Education Office are pleased to announce regional conferences on the New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential.

Forms and Notices - The Sample Due Process Complaint Notice has been revised to request information from parents who request an impartial hearing as to whether they have another impartial hearing pending or, within the prior year, had requested an impartial hearing and subsequently withdrew their request. 

Last Updated: July 23, 2014