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INFORMATIONAL LETTER NO: 51
POLICY CODE: GCA
TO: Superintendents of Schools, Special Education Directors, CDS Regional Site Directors
FROM: Susan A. Gendron
DATE: November 29, 2006
SUBJECT: Chapter 101, Maine Unified Special Education Regulation Birth to Age Twenty
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The Department is proposing a new unified Chapter 101, “Maine Unified Special Education Regulation Birth to Age Twenty”, which will replace the current Chapters 180 (Early Intervention and Special Education for Children Age Birth to Under Age Six) and 101 (Maine Special Education Regulations). This proposed rule governs the administration of the child find system for children age birth to twenty, the provision of early intervention services to eligible children birth to under age 3 (B-2) with disabilities and their families, and the provision of special education and related services to eligible children age three to twenty with disabilities and their families, implementing 20-A MRSA Chapters 301 and 303 and amendments.
The Department of Education is designated as the State educational agency responsible for carrying out the State's obligations under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 20 United States Code, Section 1400 et seq., as amended. The Department and every school administrative unit, intermediate educational unit, public school, or other public agency that receives federal or State funds to provide early intervention or free appropriate public education services to children age birth to twenty with disabilities must comply with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as amended, and all federal regulations adopted. [ 20-A MRSA §7006] Therefore, your input is both required and welcomed.
You may access the proposed new rule, as follows:
http://www.maine.gov/education/rulechanges.htm education rules & legislation
http://www.maine.gov/education/speced/mater02.htm special education publications
http://www.maine.gov/education/speced/contentrules.htm special education regulations
Throughout this proposed regulation, the Department has reflected the federal statutory and regulatory requirements in non-italicized text. State requirements are in italicized text and reflect additional procedures or timeframes to enhance the federal provisions. The federal IDEA has been in effect since December 2004 and the federal regulations implementing it have been in effect since October 13, 2006.
Timelines for notice and public participation opportunities:
Monday, December 18, 2006, from 9:30AM-12:30PM, First Floor, Room 103, Burton Cross State Office Building, Augusta. Individuals may also participate in the hearing simultaneously using the Department’s Interactive Distance Learning Network from the following ATM locations:
Bangor Public Library
Falmouth High School
Sanford High School
Two ATM “Broadcast Only” sites will allow video viewing of the hearing at:
Caribou Technical Center
Wiscasset High School
All written comments must be received by 5:00 p.m., January 22, 2007.
If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact:
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