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Community Based Meetings on IDEA

September 06, 2006

Community Based Meetings on IDEA to Learn About the New Regulations and Provide You Resources and Supports

Secretary Margaret Spellings announced the release of the Part B Final Regulations implementing the 2004 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These regulations were published in the Federal Register on Aug. 14, 2006.

To provide the public with an overview of the regulations, OSERS will be hosting a series of community-based public meetings. These public meetings will serve two major purposes. First, the meetings will provide the public with an opportunity to learn about the major concepts and principle changes in the new regulations. Second, the meetings will serve as a mechanism for the public to learn about and obtain some of the many resources and supports available from OSERS to assist in the implementation of these regulations. These resources and supports include a dedicated Web site which contains an array of information on the Part B regulations, with much more to come, as well as video tapes, topical briefs, a list of OSERS-supported technical assistance centers, and a list of conferences and other meetings in which information on the implementation of the regulations will be available.

Each meeting will begin with a reception at which Assistant Secretary Hager and Director Posny will be available to meet with the attendees on an informal basis. The reception will be followed by a presentation about the regulations, which will include a taped welcome from Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, information about the regulations and the Web site, as well as an opportunity to ask questions about the regulations and OSERS' implementation plans.

A list of the meetings sites, and available information on the locations and times that have been finalized appears below. Please check regularly for updates on meeting locations and times as they become available.

  • Charlotte, NC
    Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2006
  • Tampa, FL
    Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006
  • Philadelphia, PA
    Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2006
  • Seattle, WA
    Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006
  • Minneapolis, MN
    Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006
  • Dallas, TX
    Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006
  • Denver, CO
    Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006
  • Sacramento, CA
    Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006

Check OSERS for meeting schedule and updates - CLICK HERE

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