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INFORMATIONAL LETTER NO.: 9
FROM: Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner
RE: Private School Approval Rule Development Process
As you may know, a meeting with
private school administrators was held in
a. Expulsion and due process rights for students whose private school tuition and other costs are paid with public funds;
b. Certified administrators required for approved private schools;
c. The protocol/ procedures by which private schools that enroll publicly funded students will demonstrate to the Department that they will abide by all State and federal constitutional, statutory, and regulatory provisions related to admission, provision of education, accommodation, special education, discipline, or issuance of a high school diploma (if approved to issue a high school diploma).
The consensus-based rule
development process will take place on
The proposed rules developed by the Department and the consensus-based rulemaking process will be made public in accordance with the Maine Administrative Procedure Act. This will include a public hearing and a written comment period. The plan is to have the rules adopted in time to provide public and private schools ample opportunity to implement the rules for the 2005-06 school year.
The stakeholder groups being invited to participate include: the Maine Superintendents Association, the Maine School Boards Association, the Maine Principals Association, Maine Administrators of Services for Children with Disabilities, the Maine Parent Federation, the Maine Parent Teacher Association, the Disability Rights Center, the 60% private schools, the private special purpose schools, the religious and non-religious approved private schools, and private school parents. Staff from the Department of Education will also be in attendance to assist with record keeping, meeting management and other needs.
Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Edwin N. Kastuck, School Approval Services, at 624-6776 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Thank you in advance for your support and participation in this very important rule development process.