April 1, 2005

In this Issue:

1. Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, as Amended by the Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 - Notice of public meetings [OSERS]

Source: Federal Register: April 1, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 62)

AGENCY: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), Department of Education.
ACTION: Notice of public meetings.
SUMMARY: The Secretary announces plans to hold a series of public meetings to seek comments and suggestions about proposed regulations, which the Secretary intends to publish in a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) in the Spring of 2005, to implement programs under the recently amended IDEA.

DATES: The public meetings will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.:
Monday, June 6, 2005 in San Antonio, TX;
Friday, June 17, 2005 in Nashville, TN;
Wednesday, June 22, 2005 in Sacramento, CA;
Friday, June 24, 2005 in Las Vegas, NV;
Monday, June 27, 2005 in New York, NY;
Wednesday, June 29, 2005 in Chicago, IL; and
Tuesday, July 12, 2005 in Washington, DC.

ADDRESSES: OSERS will provide specific location information through the NPRM to be published in the Federal Register in the Spring of 2005.
For more information to to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2005-2/040105a.html

2. IDEA: Guide to Frequently Asked Questions

Source: edworkforce.house.gov - Retrieved April 1, 2005

The Committee on Education and the Workforce has recently published a guide to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 entitled IDEA: Guide to Frequently Asked Questions. The guide is now available at http://republicans.edlabor.house.gov/archive/issues/109th/education/idea/ideafaq.pdf. Additional information and resources on IDEA 2004 are available on the NECTAC Web site at http://www.nectac.org/idea/Idea2004.asp.

3. Missed Opportunities: The Possibilities and Challenges of Funding High-Quality Preschool through Title I of the No Child Left Behind Act

Source: CLASP - March 30, 2005

Missed Opportunities: The Possibilities and Challenges of Funding High-Quality Preschool through Title I of the No Child Left Behind Act, by Danielle Ewen, Jennifer Mezey, and Hannah Matthews. This new paper from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) provides general background on the legislation behind Title I and provides an overview of the available data on the use of Title I funds for preschool, as well as illustrative examples of how a few states and local communities have used Title I funds for these programs. It also examines the U.S. Department of Education's statutes, regulations, and guidance on the use of Title I funds for preschool and raises some unanswered questions. Finally, it discusses how the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act may affect the availability of Title I funding for preschool programs. Available at http://www.clasp.org/publications/clasprptmisseeopp.pdf

4. Rand Study Says Creating Universal Preschool In California Would Create Benefits That Surpass Costs

Source: RAND News - March 30, 2005

Investing public money to make preschool available to every 4-year-old in California would generate an estimated $2 to $4 in benefits for every dollar spent, according to a RAND Corporation study issued today. The study estimates that the cost of a high quality universal preschool program would be more than offset by benefits such as a drop in the amount of special education provided, less grade repetition among K-12 students, less youth and adult crime, and a more productive state workforce. For online access to the news release, executive summary, full report, and more, go to http://www.rand.org/news/press.05/03.30.html