December 29, 2005

In this Issue:

1. Parental Information and Resource Centers - Notice of Proposed Priorities and Eligibility Requirements.

Source: Federal Register: December 28, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 248)

A Notice of proposed priorities and eligibility requirements under the Parental Information and Resource Centers (PIRC) program was recently published in the Federal Register. PIRC projects are meant to help implement successful and effective parental involvement policies, programs, and activities that lead to improvements in student academic achievement and strengthen partnerships among parents, teachers, principals, administrators, and other school personnel in meeting the education needs of children. Recipients of PIRC grants are required to serve both rural and urban areas; to use at least one-half of the funds awarded to serve areas with high concentrations of low-income children; and to use at least 30 percent of the funds awarded to establish, expand, or operate early childhood parent education programs.

For additional information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/proprule/2005-4/122805b.html. Comments on these requirements must be submitted by January 27, 2006.

2. Request for Comments - Evaluation of States' Monitoring and Improvement Practices Under IDEA: Site Visit Data Collection

Source: Federal Register: December 22, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 245)

The Department of Education invites interested parties to submit comments on the following information collection request by January 23, 2006: Evaluation of States' Monitoring and Improvement Practices Under IDEA: Site Visit Data Collection.

Abstract: States' monitoring and improvement practices under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are vital to ensuring that students with disabilities receive a free appropriate public education and that infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families receive early intervention services. The purpose of this study is to evaluate states' monitoring and related improvement practices under IDEA. This study will describe the nature and scope of monitoring as implemented by the 50 states and the District of Columbia for Parts B and C of IDEA, assess the effect of the quality of states' monitoring and related improvement practices on key outcomes of Parts B and C of IDEA, and identify and develop recommendations for potential best practices in monitoring and identify areas for ongoing technical assistance. For additional information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2005-4/122205b.html

3. The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act Multi-Year Individualized Education Program Demonstration Program - Notice of Proposed Requirements and Selection Criteria

Source: Federal Register: December 19, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 242)

The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services proposes requirements and selection criteria for a competition in which the Department will select up to 15 States to participate in a pilot program, the Multi-Year Individualized Education Program (IEP) Demonstration Program (Multi-Year IEP Program). State proposals approved under this program would create opportunities for participating local educational agencies (LEAs) to improve long- term planning for children with disabilities through the development and use of comprehensive multi-year IEPs. Additionally, the proposed requirements and selection criteria focus on an identified national need to reduce the paperwork burden associated with IEPs while preserving students' civil rights and promoting academic achievement.

Comments on the selection and program criteria can be submitted until March 6, 2006. For more information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/proprule/2005-4/121905a.html

4. The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act Paperwork Waiver Demonstration Program - Notice of Proposed Requirements and Selection Criteria

Source: Federal Register: December 19, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 242)

The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services proposes requirements and selection criteria for a competition in which the Department will select up to 15 States to participate in a pilot program, the Paperwork Waiver Demonstration Program (Paperwork Waiver Program). State proposals approved under this program would create opportunities for participating States to reduce paperwork burdens and other administrative duties in order to increase time for instruction and other activities to improve educational and functional results for children with disabilities. The proposed requirements and selection criteria focus on an identified national need to reduce the paperwork burden associated with the requirements of Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as amended, while preserving students' civil rights and promoting academic achievement.

Comments on the selection and program criteria can be submitted until March 6, 2006. For more information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/proprule/2005-4/121905b.html

5. In Celebration of Head Start's 40th Anniversary 2005

Source: Head Start What's New Alert - December 23, 2005

In Celebration of Head Start's 40th Anniversary 2005 - View six videos that recount Head Start's development and successes over the 40 years of its existence. The Head Start community, staff, parents and even former students gain a new appreciation for the program's unique contributions to the lives of young children and their low-income families. The videos may be viewed with subtitles in English or Spanish. Available at http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/resources/cinema/Video%20Presentations/ReflectionsNT.htm