On June 19, 2014, the US Department of Education filed a Request for Information on Addressing Significant Disproportionality under the IDEA in the Federal Register.    The US Department of Education is seeking public comment on the actions that the Department should take to address significant disproportionality based on race and ethnicity in the identification, placement, and discipline of children with disabilities.  Specifically, the Department is requesting comment on the following questions:


1.   Should the Department issue proposed regulations requiring states to use a standard appropriate to determine which LEAs have significant disproportionality? If so, how might a standard approach properly account for state differences (i.e., size, composition and LEA size)?  If so, what should be included in the standard approach?


2.   What actions, apart from requiring a standard approach should the Department take to address the very small number of LEAs identified with significant disproportionality, despite data showing significant disparities based on race and ethnicity in the identification of children for special education, including disability category, educational placements, and disciplinary actions?


3.      What action, including research-based actions, should the Department take to: (a) encourage greater voluntary use of funds for CEIS; and (b) assist LEAs in more effectively targeting their use of funds for CEIS to address significant disproportionality in both districts required to use funds for CEIS and districts voluntarily using their funds for CEIS, in a manner that is both consistent with the IDEA and which will help address the causes and effects of significant disporportionality.

Comments on the request for information may be submitted online at regulations.gov by entering Docket No. ED-2014-OSERS-0058.   Comments may also be submitted via U.S. Mail, commercial delivery or hand delivery to Larry Ringer, Attention: IDEA Determinations RFI, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue S.W., Room 4032, Potomac Center Plaza (PCP), Washington, D.C. 20202-2600.  Comments will be accepted until July 21, 2014.

A copy of the Notice filed in the Federal Register can be found by clicking on the link below.


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