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DESE seeking feedback on proposed changes to state special education plan

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Parents of children with special needs are invited to provide feedback to the Office of Special Education, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education regarding proposed changes to the State regulations implementing Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Changes include clarifications and definitions surrounding LEA and placement eligibility, among others.

The proposed changes are available for inspection until September 19, 2012, in the Office of the Assistant Commissioner, Office of Special Education, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 205 Jefferson Street, 4th floor, Jefferson Building, Jefferson City, MO 65102 during regular office hours and are also available on the office website at http://dese.mo.gov/se/stateplan/proposedstateplan2012.html

Public hearings will be held by webinar on:

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
1:00-2:00 p.m., http://dese.mo.gov/webinar/Webinar-08-21-12SE.htm

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
10:00-11:00 a.m., http://dese.mo.gov/webinar/Webinar08-29-12SE2.htm

During the webinar, participants will have the opportunity to type in and submit comments to Department staff. The webinars will remain open to receive public comment for a minimum of one hour or until all comments have been received.

Individuals who require special accommodations to participate in the public hearing, need to contact the Office of Special Education at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at least 72 hours prior to the event at 573-751-5739.

Written public comments on the proposed changes are being solicited and should be directed as follows no later than the close of business on September 10, 2012:

Bonnie Aaron, Director, Compliance
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
P.O. Box 480 Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480
Fax: 573-526-5946
Email: Idea.Comments@dese.mo.gov

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