December 19, 2016: Amended Final Regulations Addressing Equity under Part B of the IDEA were published in the Federal Register. The regulations address issues related to significant disproportionality in the identification, placement, and discipline of students with disabilities based on race or ethnicity. They are effective January 18, 2017. The Department's Office of Civil Rights has also released policy guidance (Dear Colleague Letter, Fact Sheet, FAQs) on preventing racial discrimination in special education.
April 28, 2015:Amended Regulations for Part B of the IDEA were published in the Federal Register. These amendments revise and clarify the regulations governing the requirement that local educational agencies maintain fiscal effort, known as "maintenance of effort."