July 14, 2005

In this Issue:

1. Invitation to Comment: IDEA Part B State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR).

Source: Federal Register: July 14, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 134)

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services invites interested individuals to comment on the revised IDEA Part B State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR).

DATES: An emergency review has been requested in accordance with the Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 3507 (j)), since public harm is reasonably likely to result if normal clearance procedures are followed. Approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has been requested by July 22, 2005.

For complete information go to http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-13888.htm

2. Invitation to Comment: Report of Infants and Toddlers Receiving Early Intervention Services and of Program Settings Where Services are Provided in Accordance with Part C, and Report on Infants and Toddlers Exiting Part C

Source: Federal Register: July 13, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 133)

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services invites interested individuals to comment on the revised Report of Infants and Toddlers Receiving Early Intervention Services and of Program Settings Where Services are Provided in Accordance with Part C, and Report on Infants and Toddlers Exiting Part C. Comments should be submitted on or before September 12, 2005. For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2005-3/071305b.html

3. First Quarter 2005 OSEP Policy Documents on the Education of Infants, Toddlers, Children, and Youth with Disabilities

Source: www.ed.gov/ - July 14, 2005

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Correspondence from January 2, 2005 through March 31, 2005 is now available online. Go to http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/letters/2005-1/index.html

4. New GAO Report on Processes and Programs for Adopting Children with Special Needs

Source: Today's GAO Reports - July 13, 2005

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released the following report: Child Welfare: Better Data and Evaluations Would Help Improve Processes and Programs for Adopting Children with Special Needs. GAO-05-292.
Full report - http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d05292.pdf
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d05292high.pdf

5. Cost of Meeting House and Senate Proposed Head Start Teacher Qualification Requirements

Source: Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) - July 14, 2005

A new analysis from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) provides a preliminary estimate of the necessary level of funding needed to raise the degree qualifications to meet the requirements in the Head Start reauthorization legislation currently proposed in the House and Senate. While each bill is designed to improve the quality of Head Start programs by requiring an increase in the number of teachers with a bachelor's degree or higher, there are important differences in the two proposals. To read the full report go to http://www.clasp.org/publications/head_start_memo.pdf