|FL||P-12||Digital Materials, Recognitions, Certificates, and Technical Assistance|
S.B. 1076 - Digital Materials, Recognitions, Certificates, and Technical Assistance
Revises Section 1003.4203, "Digital curriculum," to "Digital materials, recognitions, certificates, and technical assistance." Repeals references to "digital curriculum." Directs each district board to make available digital materials for students in prekinder...
|SD||To governor 02/2014||P-12||Revises definitions for purposes of state special education funding|
Requires the Department of Education to use the definition of autism spectrum disorder contained in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, published by the American Psychiatric Association to define autistic spectrum disorder...
|MA||Signed into law 11/2013||P-12||Individual Education Plan Content|
Requires individualized education programs (IEP) to include a statement of measureable annual goals, including academic and functional goals, and a description of benchmarks or short-term objectives. https://malegislature.gov/Bills/188/Senate/S218...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2013||P-12||Exemption from Physical Education|
Authorizes a local board to excuse a student from a physical education course if the student has an individualized educational program, is participating in an adaptive athletic program outside of the school setting, and documents such participation as determin...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2013||P-12||Provision of Special Education Services|
Repeals provision requiring that special education services be provided no later than the beginning of the next school semester following the completion of identification, evaluation, and placement procedures. Requires that special education and related servic...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2013||P-12||Mediation and Complaint Procedures in Special Education Eligibility, Placement or Services|
Amends provisions related to disputes regarding delivery of special education services. Permits mediation as a mode of administrative or judicial proceeding, provided the district or other public entity voluntarily agrees to participate in mediation. Provides ...
|NJ||Signed into law 08/2013||P-12||Special Education Regulations|
Requires the Department of Education to include the International Dyslexia Association's definition of dyslexia in the special education section of the New Jersey Administrative Code. http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2012/Bills/AL13/131_.PDF ...
|NY||Signed into law 07/2013||P-12||Participation on Preschool Special Education Committee|
Removes the requirement that an additional parent of a child with a disability be present at any meeting for a Committee on Preschool Special Education unless the parents of the preschool child in which the committee is for, or another member of the committee,...
|NC||Signed into law 07/2013||P-12||Children with Disabilities Scholarship Grants|
Creates special education scholarship grants for children with disabilities and establishes eligibility requirements. Requires the scholarship grant to be no more than $3,000 per semester per student. Services provided in a home school setting or services prov...
|MO||SIGNED BY GOVERNOR 07/2013||P-12||Scholarship Tax Credit for Children and Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder|
Directs the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop a master list of resources available to the parents of children with an autism spectrum disorder and to actively seek financial resources in the form of grants and donations that may be de...
|ME||Became law without governor's signature 07/2013||P-12||Changes Required in State Board Amendments to Unified Special Education Regulation Birth to Age 20|
The State Board of Education made a major substantive rule change to the Maine Unified Special Education Regulation Birth to Age Twenty, an action requiring legislative review. This bill authorizes this action contingent on several conditions:
1. Strike the ...
|FL||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Exceptional Student Education|
S.B. 1108 - Exceptional Student Education
Partially from bill summary: Makes numerous changes related to exceptional student education. Prohibits certain actions with respect to parent meetings with school district personnel. Provides requirements for meetings relating to exceptional student education...
|DE||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Use of Seclusion and Restraints|
Defines allowable and prohibited uses of seclusion and restraint. Requires adoption, promulgation of rules by the state board of education. Results from research, recommendations from an interagency committee formed by the Governor's Advisory Council for Excep...
|ME||Became law without governor's signature 06/2013||P-12||Processes for Children with Disabilities in Communities without Schools|
Requires the Department of Education to amend its rules governing special education to establish a process for the department to review sending school units with respect to children with disabilities who reside within the sending school units who attend receiv...
|NH||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Future Evaluation of Special Education Programs|
Existing law required an evaluation of special education programs in 2010 and 2015. New law requires an independent evaluation of special education program approval processes. Directs the state board of education to use the recommendations from the independent...
|NC||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Improve Education for Children Who Are Deaf|
Directs the State Board of Education to do specified actions to improve educational outcomes for North Carolina children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Requires the development of a database containing information on children under the age of 22 who are diag...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Education of Visually-Impaired Students|
Requires that the comprehensive statewide plan for the education of children with visual impairments ensure that children receive, before or within a reasonable time after placement in a classroom setting, evaluation of the impairment, and instruction in an ex...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Determining Eligibility for Special Education Services on the Basis of a Visual Impairment|
Requires that an evaluation of a student to determine his/her eligibility for a school district's special education program on the basis of a visual impairment include an orientation and mobility evaluation, and provide for the participation of a certified ori...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Continuing Education Requirements for Teachers, Principals, and Counselors|
Requires that continuing education requirements for teachers provide that up to 25% of the training required every 5 years include instruction on (1) collecting and analyzing information that will improve classroom effectiveness; (2) recognizing early warning ...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Reporting the Number of Students with Dyslexia|
Requires each district and charter school to report through the Public Education Information Management System the number of students enrolled in the district or school who are identified as having dyslexia. Directs the state education agency to maintain the i...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Individualized Education Program Facilitation|
Directs the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to provide information to parents on individualized education program facilitation as an alternative dispute resolution method that may be used to avoid a potential dispute between a district and a parent of a student w...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Representation in a Special Education Due Process Hearing|
Permits a person to be represented in a special education due process hearing by either a licensed attorney or an individual with special knowledge or training regarding the problems of children with disabilities, and who satisfies qualifications established b...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Evaluation of a Student for Special Education Services|
Moves date by which a district must complete a written report of an initial evaluation of a student for special education services to not later than the 45th school day following the day the school received parental consent for the evaluation (previously 60th ...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Behavior Improvement or Behavioral Intervention Plan for Special Education Student|
Permits a committee that has developed a student's individualized education program to determine that a behavior improvement plan or a behavioral intervention plan is appropriate for the student. Requires that any such behavior improvement plan or behavioral i...
|HI||Passed 06/2013||P-12||Dyslexia Awareness and Support|
Requesting the board of education and department of education to evaluate the implementation of a plan to promote greater awareness of dyslexia and provide comprehensive support for students with dyslexia and other literacy challenges. http://www.capitol.hawai...
|FL||Signed into law 05/2013||P-12||Communication Needs of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students|
Directs an IEP team, in developing an individual education plan for a deaf or hard-of-hearing student, to consider the student's language and communication needs, opportunities for direct communication with peers and professional personnel in the student's lan...
|NE||Signed into law 05/2013||P-12||Emotionally Disturbed|
L.B. 410 - Disabilities Definitions
Defines emotionally disturbed as (a) condition in which a child exhibits one or more of the following characteristics over a long period of time and to a marked degree which adversely affects educational performance:
(i) An inability to learn which cannot be e...
|VT||Signed into law 05/2013||P-12||Multiple Components - Special Education Employees|
One of multiple components. Provides guidance for the transition of special education employees to employment by supervisory unions and directs the Secretary of Education to report in 2017 regarding employment of special education paraeducators.
|LA||Signed into law 05/2013||P-12||Use of Seclusion and Restraint|
Clarifies that provisions related to the use of seclusion and restraint of students with exceptionalities do not apply to a student identified as gifted or talented or the student's parent, unless the student has been identified as also having a disability. ht...
|MD||Signed into law 05/2013||P-12||Commission on Special Education Access and Equity|
Establishes a Commission on Special Education Access and Equity and specifies what the commission must study. Requires that the commission report its findings and
recommendations by June 30, 2014
|MD||Signed into law 05/2013||P-12||Online Courses Accessible to Individuals with Disabilities|
Generally codifies the requirement established in Chapters 287 and 288 of 2012 that the development, review, and approval of an online course or service by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) must include an assessment regarding the accessibility...
|PA||Adopted 05/2013||P-12||Special Education for Gifted Students|
(Resolution) Directs the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct a study of the status of special education for gifted students.
|IA||Signed into law 05/2013||P-12||Final Decider(s) on Identification|
HF 454 - Identification of Students with Disabilities
In cases of disagreement on whether a child qualifies for special education services, amends law to clarify that decisions falls under state board rules, consistent with federal law.
|MN||Signed into law 05/2013||P-12||Use of Restraints|
Requires schools to share a description of restrictive procedures for students with disabilities. The description must include the types of restraints used; describe how the school will implement a range of postsive behavior strategies, and describe how the s...
|OK||Signed into law 04/2013||P-12||Appeal Process for Students Denied a Standard Diploma|
Students denied a standard diploma may appeal to the state board. Students with disabilities whose individualized education program (IEP) pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) indicates that the student is to be assessed with alter...
|AR||Signed into law 04/2013||P-12||Dyslexia|
Requires the creation of new screening and intervention practices for students with dyslexia. Designates specific interventions. Requires parental notification.
|NJ||Signed into law 03/2013||P-12||Special Education Task Force|
Charges task force with examining (a) the evaluation of practices for classifying and educating students who are eligible for special education programs and services; (b) the development of best practices for education professionals working with special educat...
|NJ||Signed into law 01/2013||P-12||Special Education|
Directs state board of education to promulgate regulations to require school districts develop a plan to establish stability in special education programming. The plan shall take into account the consistency of the location, curriculum, and staffing in the pro...
|NY||Signed into law 08/2012||P-12||BOCES Contracts with Out-of-State Districts|
Permits boards of cooperative educational services (BOCES) to enter into contracts of up to two years with out-of-state districts for special education and/or career/technical education services, or for the use of existing products that demonstrate how to map ...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2012||P-12||Service Animals|
Amends provisions related to service animals. Replaces certain references to "guide dog" with "service animal." Includes miniature horse in definition of service animal. Requires a public place of accommodation to make reasonable accommodation for a service an...
|DE||Signed into law 08/2012||P-12||Identification of Students needing Special Education Services|
Clarifies state law provisions regarding the IDEA provision giving school districts the duty to locate, identify, and evaluate all children in need of special education and related services. Provisions now include homeless children or wards of the state and ch...
|DE||Signed into law 08/2012||pre-K-12||Court Costs for the Denial of Services for Students with Special Needs|
Allows parents and guardians who successfully challenge the denial of services to their children with special needs to recover the costs of expert witnesses that they needed to hire to advocate for their children. Only parents and guardians who prevailed in th...
|IL||Adopted 08/2012||P-12||"Medical Review" for Special Education Students|
23 IL ADC 226.840
From Illinois Register: Authorizes certified school nurses (CSN), physicians, registered nurses with bachelor's degrees, and advanced practice nurses to conduct medical reviews, provided that only a certified school nurse makes recommendations regarding educat...
|NY||Signed into law 08/2012||P-12||District Committee on Special Education|
Adds provision that an additional parent (other than the parent of the student in question) attend a meeting of a district-level committee on special education unless specifically requested in writing at least 72 hours before such meeting by the parent(s) of t...
|NY||Signed into law 08/2012||P-12||Electronic IEPs|
Authorizes teacher and service provider access to a student's individualized education program (IEP) electronically. If any policy provides that a student's IEP is to be accessed electronically, requires that such policy ensure that individuals responsible for...
|NJ||Signed into law 07/2012||P-12||Transportation Requirements for Disabled Students|
Requires school buses transporting certain disabled persons to use flashing lights and establishes penalties for drivers who fail to yield.
|MI||Signed into law 06/2012||P-12||Autism Council|
Ex Order - 2012-11
Creates the Autism Council as an advisory body within the Michigan Department of Community Health. Determines membership, operations, and responsibilities which include charging the council with reviewing and adopting a Michigan Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) ...
|OH||Signed into law 06/2012||P-12||Autism Scholarship and Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Programs|
S.B. 316 - Autism Scholarship and Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Programs
Each time a child's district completes evaluation for a child with a disability or undertakes the development, review, or revision of the child's IEP, requires the district to notify the child's parent about both the autism scholarship program and the Jon Pete...
|OH||Signed into law 06/2012||P-12||Eye Examination for a Student Identified with Disabilities|
S.B. 316 - Eye Examination for a Student Identified with Disabilities
Directs the department of education to annually (1) Notify each district and community school of the requirements under section 3323.19 (requiring a student identified with disabilities to undergo a comprehensive eye examination performed by a licensed optomet...
|CT||Signed into law 06/2012||P-12||Employment Training for Students with Autism|
Directs the Office of Workforce Competitiveness, in collaboration with the Department of Education and the Board of Regents for Higher Education, to study model programs concerning the preemployment training and employment of young adults with autism spectrum ...
|CT||Signed into law 06/2012||P-12||Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)|
Requires additional opportunities for meetings and the exchange of information between school district officials and parents of students in, or under evaluation for, special education. Requires teacher certification preparation, in-service training, and profes...
|RI||Signed into law 06/2012||P-12||Membership of the Interagency Transition Council within the Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education)|
Adds a representative of community-based providers of services to adults with disabilities and a representative of community-based providers of adult behavioral healthcare to the interagency transition council within the department of elementary and secondary ...
|NH||Signed into law 06/2012||pre-K-12||Special Education Rules|
Requires the state board of education and the commissioner of the department of education to submit reports detailing any proposed or adopted special education rules which exceed the minimum requirements of state or federal law.
|NH||Signed into law 06/2012||P-12||Special Education Services in Charter Schools|
Establishes a procedure for the provision of special education and related services to a child with a disability who is enrolled in a chartered public school and requires chartered public schools to provide due process in the provision of special education and...
|CT||Signed into law 06/2012||P-12||Reporting on Restraint and Seclusion on a Child|
Requires each local and regional board of education, institution and facility that provides special education for a child to (1) record each instance of the use of physical restraint or seclusion on a child, (2) specify whether the use of seclusion was in acco...
|OK||Signed into law 05/2012||P-12||Special Education Task Force and Scholarships for Students with Disabilities|
Creates the Rethinking Special Education Competency and Transition Task Force. The task force will focus on improved educational services and outcomes and meaningful postsecondary transition plans. Topics for study also include how special education services c...
|LA||Signed into law 05/2012||P-12||School Choice Pilot Program for Students with Disabilities|
Creates a permanent program out of the two-year School Choice Pilot Program for Certain Students with Exceptionalities. The program is designed for students with various disabilities, including autism, a mental disability, emotional disturbance, developmental ...
|MS||Signed into law 05/2012||P-12||Screening and Scholarships for Students with Dyslexia|
Establishes the Mississippi Dyslexia Therapy Scholarship For Students With Dyslexia program. Outlines student eligibility requirements for receipt of a scholarship and the term of the scholarship. Stipulates the obligations of parents, students and schools and...
|MS||Signed into law 05/2012||P-12||Authorize Recording of IEP meetings|
Authorizes a parent of an exceptional child to record individualized education program (IEP) meetings with audio or visual recording at the parent's expense. Provides that a parent or guardian or local educational agency must notify the members of the Individu...
|ME||SIGNED 05/2012||P-12||An Act To Define Cost Responsibility for Transporting Deaf and Hard-of-hearing Students to the Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf, (LD 1839)|
This bill clarifies that the school administrative unit is responsible for the costs of transporting students who are placed in an educational program at the Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf....
|AZ||Signed into law 05/2012||P-12||Arizona Empowerment Scholarship|
Requires that a parent or guardian sign a contract to participate in an Arizona Empowerment Scholarship Account if he/she does not plan to enroll the child in a public, private or charter school or a homeschool; Broadens the definition of a qualified student b...
|OK||Signed into law 05/2012||P-12||Dyslexia Teacher Training Pilot|
New section of law. Establishes a dyslexia teacher training pilot to train higher education faculty to teach multisensory structure reading education for students with dyslexia to teacher candidates. Other purposes are to demonstrate and evaluate the effective...
|GA||Vetoed 05/2012||P-12||Scholarship Program for Special Needs Students|
Specifies the language school systems must use to notify parents of a child's potential eligibility for a Georgia Special Needs Scholarship. Requires the student's resident school system to ensure the parent of a student with a disability is provided such noti...
|GA||Signed into law 05/2012||P-12||Textbooks and Assistive Technology Devices|
S.B. 289 - Textbooks and Assistive Technology Devices
Clarifies that hardbound and softbound textbooks remain the property of the local unit purchasing or acquiring them, while assistive technology devices and digital versions of textbooks may remain the property of the student. Provides that the electronic forma...
|MS||Signed into law 04/2012||P-12||Blind Persons' Literacy Rights and Education Act|
Revises certain provisions of the blind persons' literacy rights and education act, provides that blind and visually impaired students should receive educational services from certified teachers of the visually impaired, requires each appropriate educational e...
|OK||Signed into law 04/2012||P-12||Notice of Services Available to Students with Auditory or Visual Impairments|
Requries each school district to provide each parent, guardian or legal custodian of a student with an auditory or visual impairment with written information during the individual education program process concerning the availability of programs offered by the...
|DE||Signed into law 04/2012||P-12||Driver Certification for Students With IEPs|
Allows students with individualized education plans until the age of 21 to complete their driver education certification.
|TN||Signed into law 04/2012||P-12||Special Ed Diplomas|
Requires a special education diploma be awarded to students who have satisfactorily completed an IEP, but who have not passed the proficiency tests required for graduation with a regular diploma.
|VA||Signed into law 04/2012||P-12||Behavioral Management for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders|
Requires each school board to ensure that aides assigned to work with a teacher who has primary oversight of students with autism spectrum disorder demonstrate competency in student behavioral management within 60 days of assignment to such responsibility. The...
|VA||Signed into law 04/2012||P-12||Disability Commission; Establishes an Education and Employment Work Group|
Provides that the Virginia Disability Commission establish work groups to assist the Commission in carrying out its powers and duties. Such work groups include work groups that focus on issues related to (i) housing and transportation, (ii) education and emplo...
|KY||Signed into law 04/2012||P-12||K-3 Response to Intervention System in Reading, Writing, Math and Behavior|
H.B. 69 - K-3 Response to Intervention System in Reading, Writing, Math and Behavior
Defines "aphasia", "dyscalculia", "dysgraphia", "dyslexia", "phonemic awareness" and "scientifically based research". Directs the state board to promulgate administrative regulations for districtwide use of a response-to-intervention system for K-3 students, t...
|KY||Signed into law 04/2012||P-12||Definition of "Specific Learning Disability"|
H.B. 69 - Definition of "Specific Learning Disability"
Amends definition of "specific learning disability" to bring into conformity with federal definition (i.e., specify that it may include conditions such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, developmental aphasia, or perceptual motor disabilities, and require t...
|KY||Signed into law 04/2012||P-12||Alternative High School Diploma for Students with Disabilities|
Directs the state board to promulgate administrative regulations for an alternative high school diploma for students with disabilities completing a modified curriculum and an individualized course of study. Amends KRS 158.140 to require local boards to award t...
|OR||Administrative Rules 04/2012||P-12||Special Education Responsibilities for Students in Charter Schools|
OAR 581-015-2005, 2010, 2040, 2075, 2080
Shifts student special education responsibilities from resident school district to the district in which the charter school is located if student is enrolled in a charter school in another school district from which the student resides. ...
|AR||Adopted 03/2012||P-12||Financial Incentives for Certified Speech-Language Pathologists|
AR ADC 005.16.16-1.00 to AR ADC 005.16.16-6.00
Provides guidelines to ensure the availability and retention of certified speech-language pathologists by providing additional compensation for speech-language pathologists holding a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology from the Amer...
|NY||Signed into law 03/2012||P-12||Class Sizes for Students with Disabilities in Middle and High Schools|
A.B. 9057 - Class Sizes for Students with Disabilities in Middle and High Schools
Part A, Section 12: Extends through 2012-13 school year provision authorizing the board of education of a city school district with a population of 125,000 or more or New York City to increase class sizes in special classes containing students with disabilitie...
|NY||Signed into law 03/2012||P-12||BOCES Contracts to Provide Special Education Services|
A.B. 9057 - BOCES Contracts to Provide Special Education Services
Part K, Section 1: Authorizes a board of cooperative educational services (BOCES) to enter into contracts with the commissioner of the office of children and family services to provide for children in the office's custody any special education programs and rel...
|WV||Adopted 03/2012||P-12||Education of Students with Exceptionalities and IDEA Compliance|
WV ADC s 126-16-1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Policies and procedures for local education agency in providing full education opportunities under the IDEA. http://apps.sos.wv.gov/adlaw/csr/ruleview.aspx?document=1744...
|IN||Signed into law 03/2012||P-12||Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education Services.|
Establishes the center for deaf and hard of hearing education (center) to ensure that children who are deaf or hard of hearing acquire optimal communication and academic abilities. Specifies the duties of the center. Provides that before July 1, 2013, the offi...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2012||P-12||Assistive Technology Devices; Transfer of by School Division|
Provides that a school division may transfer assistive technology devices purchased by the division for a child with a disability to a different school division to which the child transfers or to a state agency that provides services to a child with a disabili...
|WY||Signed into law 03/2012||P-12||Reading Assessment and Intervention|
Requires assessment and early intervention for dyslexia and other reading difficulties in K-3. Directs districts to report number of students identified by screening.
|IL||Signed into law 01/2012||P-12||Family Costs at Illinois School for the Deaf and Illinois School for the Visually Impaired|
Removes language requiring the department of human services to complete a financial analysis on each student attending the Illinois School for the Deaf or the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired and to ask parents or guardians to participate, if applicab...
|OH||Signed into law 12/2011||P-12||Dyslexia Early Screening and Intervention Pilot|
Specifies dyslexia as a specific learning disability. Directs the superintendent of public instruction to establish a pilot project, to operate for three school years in three districts, to provide early screening and intervention services for children with ri...
|OH||Signed into law 12/2011||P-12||Dyslexia Training for K-4 Teachers|
H.B. 157 - Dyslexia Training for K-4 Teachers
Defines "dyslexia" and "dyslexia specialist". Permits the governing board of any educational service center to engage the services of a dyslexia specialist to provide training for teachers of grades K-4 on the indicators of dyslexia and the instruction that ch...
|NV||Adopted 10/2011||P-12||Special Education Endorsements|
NAC 391.054, 343, 347, 356, 360, 363, 376, 380, 381, 383
Revises provisions relating to special education endorsements.
|NH||Notices of Adopted Rules 10/2011||P-12||General Special Education and Early Childhood Special Education|
NH ADC Ed 507.39, 391; NH ADC Ed 612.07, 071
Update the requirements for certification and teacher preparation program for general special education and early childhood special education. The early childhood special education category has been separated from the general special category in Ed 507.39 and ...
|CA||Signed into law 10/2011||P-12||Curriculum Frameworks, Standards, Instructional Materials, Model Professional Development Modules|
A.B. 250 - Curriculum Frameworks, Standards, Instructional Materials, Model Professional Development Modules
From bill summary: Deletes the schedule for submission of instructional materials for foreign languages and health for state board approval, and the exception to the requirement that criteria for the evaluation of instructional materials be approved when curri...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2011||P-12||Intellectual Disability|
S.B. 942 - Intellectual Disability
Replaces references to "mental retardation" to "intellectual disability" in provisions governing special education programs. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/sen/sb_0901-0950/sb_942_bill_20110926_chaptered.pdf...
|NY||Signed into law 09/2011||P-12||Special Education Schools, Early Intervention Agencies, Early Intervention Program Services, and Multi-Disciplinary Evaluations|
Requires a provider of special education services or programs to obtain a waiver pursuant to 6503-B (see next paragraph) before providing evaluation services. Provides that to be eligible for approval as an evaluator, a group of appropriately licensed or certi...
|OR||Signed into law 08/2011||P-12||Residential treatment programs|
Requires Department of Education to be responsible for payment of costs of education of students in eligible day treatment
program or eligible residential treatment program by contracting with school district in which program is located. Directs school
|CA||Signed into law 07/2011||P-12||Funds for Special Education Instruction|
A.B. 108 - Special Education Funding
From bill summary: Amends the Budget Act of 2011 by reducing the amount of moneys appropriated from the general fund to the state department of education for special education instruction. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0101-0150/ab_108_bill_2...
|MN||Signed into law 07/2011||P-12||Disability Terminology|
Updates statutory terms to conform with federal terminology and Minnesota rule. (Article 3, Sec 1)
|CT||Signed into law 07/2011||P-12||Special Education - Evaluation Process|
Prevents delays in the evaluation process of children suspected of requiring special education and related services. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/ACT/Pa/pdf/2011PA-00235-R00HB-06501-PA.pdf...
|DE||Signed into law 07/2011||P-12||Eligibility for Supportive Instruction|
Empowers the Department of Education to adopt rules and regulations regarding eligibility for supportive instruction and which also provide for the identification of licensed professionals authorized to certify eligibility for supportive instruction.
|CT||Signed into law 07/2011||P-12||Study Cost of State-Mandated Special Education Requirements|
Requires the Commissioner of Education to conduct a review of the cost of state-mandated special education requirements including, but not limited to, examining who is best suited to bear the burden of proof in determining whether a student is eligible for spe...
|NC||Signed into law 07/2011||P-12||Tax Credits for Children with Disabilities|
Provides a taxpayer a credit against the tax imposed for each of the taxpayer's eligible dependent children who is a resident of the state and who for one or two semesters during the taxable year is enrolled in grades kindergarten through 12 in a nonpublic sch...
|OH||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Background Checks at Certain Schools|
H.B. 153 - Background Checks at Certain Schools
Requires that staff at a nonpublic school participating in the Jon Peterson special needs scholarship program or at a college-preparatory boarding school undergo criminal background checks. Permits the chief administrator of a registered private provider parti...
|OH||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Autism Scholarship Program|
H.B. 153 - Autism Scholarship Program
Specifies that the services provided under the scholarship must include an educational component. Pages 74-77 of 1000: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/BillText129/129_HB_153_EN_part2.pdf...
|OH||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program|
H.B. 153 - Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program
Establishes the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program, effective with the 2012-13 school year, for K-12 students with disabilities to attend either (1) a registered private provider (i.e., a nonpublic school or other nonpublic entity that has been reg...
|OH||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Interagency Workgroup on Autism|
H.B. 153 - Interagency Workgroup on Autism
Authorizes the director of developmental disabilities to establish an interagency workgroup on autism to improve the coordination of the state's efforts to address the service needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorders and those individuals' families....
|SC||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||South Carolina Dyslexia Task Force|
Creates the South Carolina Dyslexia Task Force to study and evaluate practices for diagnosing, treating, and educating children with dyslexia and to examine how current statutes and regulations affect these students. Provides for the compostition of the tast f...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Reporting on Self-Contained vs. Mainstream Placement Ratios|
Repeals provision directing the Texas Education Agency to annually disseminate to each district a list of districts that for two consecutive years maintain a ratio of full-time equivalent students placed in partially or totally self-contained classrooms to the...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||IEP Information to Regular Classroom Teachers|
Directs the Texas Education Agency to develop and implement a statewide plan to ensure that each district develops a process for regular classroom teachers teaching a student with a disability to request a review of the student's individualized education progr...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Certification Requirements to Teach Students with Visual Impairments|
Requires that to be eligible to be issued a certificate to teach students with visual impairments, a person must (1) complete all coursework required by an approved educator preparation program or complete approved alternative certification program, (2) perfo...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||District- and Campus-Level Planning and Decision-Making Committees|
Includes professional staff who educate students with disabilities on district-level and campus-level planning and decision-making committees. http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/82R/billtext/pdf/SB00778F.pdf#navpanes=0...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12|
Requires that minimum academic qualifications for an educator certificate that requires a bachelor degree to require instruction in detection and education of students with dyslexia. Provides this does not apply to an individual obtaining a certificate through...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Model IEP Form and Transition Planning|
Directs the Texas Education Agency to develop a model form for districts to elect to use in developing an individualized education program (IEP). Provides the form may include only specified information. Requires that the form be posted to the agency Web site....
|HI||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Special Education Students in Private Schools or Placements|
Authorizes the Department of Education (DOE) to monitor students with disabilities who are placed, at DOE's expense, at private schools or placements. Require private schools or placements to allow the department of education access to exercise its authority t...
|HI||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Private Schools Serving Special Education Students|
Requires certain private special education schools and programs that provide services to students with disabilities who receive state funding, to comply with federal and state laws, rules, and regulations. Requires accreditation within a certain time for certa...
|TN||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Isolation and Restraint|
Requires isolation and restraint to be imposed by school personnel who have been certified for completing a behavior intervention training program or other school personnel when trained personnel are not immediately available. Deletes the definition of state-a...
|OR||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Instructional Hours|
Specifies that students receiving a modified diploma, extended diploma or alternative certificate have access to instructional hours and transitional hours equal to at least the total provided students attending public high school. Authorizes student's individ...
|OR||To governor 06/2011||P-12||Special Education|
Requires school district in which public charter school is located to be responsible for identifying, locating and evaluating students to determine which students may be in need of special education and related services. Provides for distribution of state fund...
|FL||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Expands Eligibility for the John M. McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program|
Expands eligibility for the John M. McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program to students with disabilities who have 504 accommodation plan issued under federal law (previously the only students eligible were those with an individual educationa...
|ME||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Attorney Presence at Individualized Education Program Meeting|
Provides that the school administrative unit may not have an attorney present at an individualized education program team meeting unless the school administrative unit has provided the parents of a child with a disability at least seven days' written notice pr...
|ME||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Aligns Maine Special Education Statutes with Federal Requirements|
Repeals provisions providing for planning the transition of students with disabilities to adult services and for transitional services coordination projects for students with disabilities by the Interdepartmental Committee on Transition in order to make state ...
|VT||Signed into law 05/2011||P-12|
S.B. 100 - Disabilities Sections
Requires schools and local districts coordinate educational services to children and adolescents with a severe emotional disturbance with the department of mental health, the department for children and families, the department of disabilities, aging, and inde...
|NV||Signed into law 05/2011||P-12||Special Education|
This bill provides that in all due process hearings held pursuant to the feder Individuals with Disabilities Education Act where the school district is a party, the school district bear the burden of proof and the burden of production.
|ME||Signed into law 05/2011||P-12||Requires a Study to Ensure That Teachers & Paraprofessionals Working with Children with Autism Are Appropriately & Adequately Prepared|
Directs the state Board of Education and the Department of Education (DOE) to conduct a study to ensure that teachers and paraprofessionals who work with children with autism spectrum disorders are appropriately and adequately prepared. Requires the DOE to con...
|ME||Signed into law 05/2011||P-12||Amends Maine Unified Special Education Regulation Birth to Age Twenty Law Regardig Child Observations|
Requires the Department of Education to amend state statute Maine Unified Special Education Regulation Birth to Age Twenty to permit a qualified examiner to observe a child at school or at a potential educational placement when the qualified examiner is not em...
|TX||Became law without governor's signature 05/2011||P-12||Interagency Council for Addressing Disproportionality|
Establishes the Interagency Council for Addressing Disproportionality to: (1) Examine the level of disproportionate involvement of children who are racial/ethnic minorities at each stage in the juvenile justice, child welfare and mental health systems; (2) Exa...
|OK||Signed into law 05/2011||P-12||Amends Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship for Students with Disabilities|
Parents requesting a Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship for Students with Disabilities must make their request no later than December 1 of the school year during which the scholarship is requested. Removes the date of April 1 by which the school district must no...
|CO||Signed into law 05/2011||P-12||Special Education Definitions, Placement and Funding|
Revises special education statutes. Expands definition of children with disabilities to include conditions such as autism and serious emotional disability, and ages birth through two years. Clarifies that "educational placement" means providing services along ...
|OR||Signed into law 05/2011||P-12||Choice|
Allows student to attend school in school district where student does not have legal residence if student receives written consent from district where school is located. Requires school district to implement existing individualized education program for child ...
|ND||Signed into law 05/2011||P-12||Reimbursement for Special Education Student Boarding Costs|
Requires school districts to receive state reimbursement for 80% of the room and board costs paid by the district for a student with disabilities who is placed in a facility regardless of whether that facility is located within or outside the student's school ...
|TX||Signed into law 05/2011||P-12||State Continuing Advisory Committee for Special Education Services|
Relating to membership of the state continuing advisory committee for special education services. Requires that at least one member be a director of special education programs for a school district or for a shared
services arrangement of multiple school distri...
|AZ||Signed into law 04/2011||P-12||Disabled Students|
S.B. 1256--Disabled Students
Arizona Revised Statutes 15-761 is amended to reflect previous statutory changes in the definition of speech/language impairment. Chapter 306. http://www.azleg.gov/legtest/50leg/1r/bills/sb1256s.pdf...
|IN||Signed into law 04/2011||P-12||Special Education|
Requires a school corporation, including a charter school, to expend a proportionate share of its state special education grant on providing special education services to parentally placed nonpublic school students with disabilities.
|AZ||Signed into law 04/2011||P-12||Empowerment Scholarship|
Amends Title 15, Arizona Revised Statutes, by adding chapter 19 creating a "scholarship account" program providing options for K-12 students with disabilities to attend private schools. Designates the expenses which can be applied to the account and rules appl...
|IL||Adopted 04/2011||P-12||Peer Buddies for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder|
Urges the state board of education to encourage the establishment of a peer buddy program in each school district for children with autism spectrum disorder enrolled in elementary, middle and high school. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/97/HR/PDF/09700HR0043lv...
|NY||Signed into law 03/2011||P-12||Schools for the Deaf and Blind|
S.B. 2808 - Part A, Sec. 51, 53, 54
Sec. 51: Provides that effective with the 2011-12 school year, the district of residence must pay the tuition expenses of a child attending any of the state's schools for the deaf. Provides that the amount of tuition paid by the district is eligible for reimbu...
|NY||Signed into law 03/2011||P-12||Reimbursement for Students in Certain Special Education Placements|
S.B. 2808 - Part O
Increases percent reimbursement rate for school districts with a student with a disability placed in a state school or special act school district. Chapter 58 http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&bn=S02808&Summary=Y&Memo=Y&Text=Y...
|ND||Signed into law 03/2011||P-12||Modifies Special Education Provisions|
H.B. 1073, S.B. 2142
Changes terminology from "mental retardation" to "intellectual disability." Removes the requirement that multidisciplinary team include medical professionals and requires school districts to obtain parental consent before accessing any family insurance options...
|AR||Signed into law 03/2011||P-12||Licensed Speech Pathologists Bonus|
Specifies the date for the department of education to pay the licensed pathologist bonus. Details repayment terms for teachers who receive bonus and leave the teaching field.
|UT||Signed into law 03/2011||P-12||Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind May Establish Foundation|
Modifies the Public-Private Partnership for Education Excellence Act by authorizing the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind to establish a non-profit foundation. http://le.utah.gov/~2011/bills/hbillenr/hb0415.pdf...
|CO||Signed into law 03/2011||P-12||Gifted and Exceptional Students|
Revises policies and practices for identifying and serving gifted students and students with disabilities.
|KY||Signed into law 03/2011||P-12||Salaries for Administrators at Special Schools|
H.B. 425 - Salaries for Administrators at Special Schools
Directs the Kentucky Department of Education, with the assistance of the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet, to adopt a salary schedule for administrators for the Kentucky School for the Deaf and the Kentucky School for the Blind. Requires salary schedules to be compa...
|CO||Signed into law 03/2011||P-12||Special Education Appeals Process|
Revises process for parents or guardians to appeal decisions related to special education students.
|MS||Signed into law 03/2011||P-12||Autism Advisory Committee|
Creates the Mississippi Autism Advisory Council. Provides for membership terms of the committee and sets for the duties of the committee.
|DE||Signed into law 02/2011||P-12||Needs-Based Funding|
Allows services for children with disabilities to be funded based on identified individual needs rather than on their classification or placement. The "needs-based" funding system provides more flexibility to districts and charter schools in the provision of s...
|TX||Adopted 01/2011||P-12||Graduation Requirements|
19 TAC 89.1070
Specifies graduation requirements for students receiving special education services. Reflects changes to assessment and curriculum requirements for graduation for students receiving special education services as required by House Bill (HB) 3, 81st Texas Legisl...
|TX||Adopted 12/2010||P-12||Residential Facility Monitoring; Determinations, Investigations, and Sanctions|
19 TAC 97.1072
Creates new s.97.1072, concerning residential facility monitoring. Implements the requirements of the Texas Education Code (TEC), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA 2004) Amendments of 2004, and 34 Code of Federal Regulations (CF...
|CA||Signed into law 10/2010||P-12||Behavioral Interventions for Students with Disabilities|
A.B. 1610 - Behavioral Interventions for Students with Disabilities
From bill summary: Existing law requires the superintendent of public instruction to develop, and the state board of education to adopt, regulations governing the use of behavioral interventions with individuals with exceptional needs receiving special educati...
|CA||Vetoed 09/2010||P-12||Special Needs Students in Foster Care System|
From bill analysis: Clarifies which local educational agency is responsible for the provision and payment of special education services for pupils with disabilities in the foster care system that have been detained in a juvenile hall and who are subsequently p...
|DE||Signed into law 09/2010||P-12||Deaf or Hard of Hearing Child's Bill or Rights|
This bill creates certain rights for children who are deaf or hard of hearing in the Delaware School System.
|NJ||Signed into law 09/2010||P-12||State Funding for Special Education Services|
Clarifies that a school district is eligible to receive and use chapter 193 State funding to provide special education evaluation services to nonpublic school pupils who are not residents of the State.
|CA||Signed into law 08/2010||P-12||Technology-Based Materials as Part of Instructional Materials|
Adds that a nonpublic, nonsectarian school that provides K-12 special education services must, in providing state-adopted, standards-based, core curriculum and instructional materials, also provide technology-based materials as defined in statute. http://www.l...
|NY||Signed into law 07/2010||P-12||Physical Therapy Assistants|
Extends the law allowing physical therapy assistants to provide services in public and private primary and secondary schools to 2015. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=%0D%0A&bn=A09959&Summary=Y&Actions=Y&Memo=Y&Text=Y...
|IL||Signed into law 07/2010||P-12||Eligibility for Transition Services|
Provides that a child with a disability who receives residential and educational services from or paid by the department of human services is eligible to receive transition services (rather than transition services provided by the state board of education) fro...
|GA||Adopted 07/2010||P-12||Student Seclusion and Restraint|
Establishes rules for appropriate use of seclusion (including time-out) and restraint for all students, when necessary for student safety.
|LA||Signed into law 06/2010||P-12||Student Restraints|
Requires the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to adopt guidelines for the use of seclusion, physical restraint, and mechanical restraint of certain students.
|CA||Signed into law 06/2010||P-12||Full Funding for IDEA|
Respectfully memorializes the Congress and the President of the United States to enact one of the bills pending before Congress that would fully fund the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/09-10/bill/asm/ab_0001-...
|RI||Signed into law 06/2010||P-12||Commission to Study the Education of Children with Autism|
Extends the reporting deadline for the Special Joint Commission to Study the Education of Children with Autism, created during the 2009 legislative session, to January 26, 2011. Provides said commission will expire on June 28, 2011. http://www.rilin.state.ri.u...
|LA||Signed into law 06/2010||P-12||School Choice Program for Special Needs Students|
Establishes a school choice pilot program in certain parishes for certain students with special needs the opportunity to attend schools of their parents' choosing. Provides for the purpose of the program; ligibility requirements for participating students and ...
|NH||Signed into law 06/2010||P-12|
|Incarcerated Special Education Students|
Requires each county correctional facility to designate one person to serve as the contact person for all matters related to special education for incarcerated inmates up to the age of 21. County correctional facilities will be monitored according to any inter...
|AK||Adopted Text or Summary of Text 06/2010||P-12||Nonstandardized Assessment Administrative Manual|
4 AAC 06.775
The Department of Education & Early Development proposes to adopt regulation changes in Title 4 of the Alaska Administrative Code, 4 AAC 06.775(i) having to do with the Nonstandardized Assessment Administrative Manual. The district's special education director...
|OK||Signed into law 06/2010||P-12||Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program|
Creates the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program. Provide a scholarship to a private school of choice for students with disabilities for whom an individualized education program (IEP) in accordance with the Individuals with ...
|FL||Signed into law 06/2010||P-12||Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program Revisions|
H.B. 1505 - Sec. 1
Revises provisions relating to John M. McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program; authorizes the commissioner of education to deny, suspend, or revoke private school's participation in the scholarship program if owner or operator of such school...
|FL||Signed into law 06/2010||P-12||Students with Disabilities/Seclusion and Restraint Standards and Procedures|
H.B. 1073 - Sec. 4
Establishes standards and procedures regarding the use, monitoring, and documentation and reporting of seclusion and restraint on students with disabilities; prohibits school personnel from using a mechanical physical restraint on a student or manual physical ...
|GA||Vetoed 06/2010||P-12||Middle School and Academic Instruction per Day|
Revises and clarifies language relating to the organization of schools serving grades 6, 7 and/or 8. Provides that schools serving any of those grades qualify for the middle school program for students. Eliminates provision that for students not performing on ...
|NH||Signed into law 06/2010||P-12||Financial Liability for Special Education|
This bill clarifies school district financial liability for special education and related services provided to a child.
|CT||Signed into law 06/2010||P-12||Individualized Educational Programs Task Force|
Establishes a task force to study individualized educational programs (IEPs); Requires the task force to: (1) Examine the existing processes and procedures for the development and administration of IEPs; (2) Examine relevant federal laws and propose legislatio...
|FL||Signed into law 06/2010||P-12|
|Regional Autism Centers Dissemination of Information|
H.B. 1073 - Sec. 5
Requires regional autism centers (located at 7 state colleges and universities) to coordinate and disseminate local and regional information regarding available services for children with developmental disabilities; requires autism centers to support state age...
|FL||Signed into law 06/2010||P-12||Developmental Disabilities Training|
H.B. 1073 - Sec. 6
Requires the commissioner of education to develop recommendations for incorporating training related to autism and other developmental disabilities into continuing education or inservice training requirements for instructional personnel; requires recommendatio...
|FL||Signed into law 06/2010||P-12||Specialized Instructional Services for Children with Disabilities|
H.B. 1505 - Sec. 4
Creates a new statutory section regarding specialized instructional services for children with disabilities; details eligibility requirements for specialized instructional services; allows the parent of a child eligible for the prekindergarten program for chil...
|FL||Signed into law 06/2010||Postsec.|
|Tuition and Fee Waivers for Classroom Teachers|
Permits a state university or community college to waive tuition and fees for a classroom teacher, who is employed full-time by a school district and who meets the academic requirements established by the community college or state university, for up to 6 cred...
|FL||Signed into law 06/2010||P-12||Revision to Students with Disabilities Provisions|
H.B. 1255 - Sec. 8, 10, 15, 16
Establishes a waiver from the results of end of course (EOC) assessments for certain students with disabilities. Requires restraint or seclusion incident reports to include age, grade, and ethnicity. Establishes an auditory-oral education program. Adds service...
|CT||Signed into law 05/2010||P-12||Special Education - Applied Behavior Analysis|
Reconstitutes the State Advisory Council for Special Education by reducing the number of members to make it consistent with federal law; on and after July 1, 2012, requires a local or regional board of education that is responsible for providing special educat...
|VT||to governor 05/2010||P-12||Opportunity to Join Age-Appropriate Peers|
H.B. 66 - High School Seniors with Disabilities Section
This section of the bill seeks to ensure that a secondary student with a disability has the opportunity to join his or her age-appropriate peers in all senior-year activities and ceremonies even if the student's individualized education plan (IEP), 504 plan, o...
|MD||Signed into law 05/2010||P-12||Individualized Education Program - Notice to Parents|
Requires appropriate school personnel to provide copies of specified documents relating to the development of an individualized education program for a child with a disability to the parents of the child within 5 business days after a meeting between the child...
|AZ||Signed into law 05/2010||P-12|
H.B. 2725--Multiple Provisions
Exempts private schools approved by the department of education's division of special education prescribed in the pupil's individualized education program from rules adopted by the state board of education prior to 11/24/09.
Changes the office of the county sc...
|OH||Adopted 04/2010||P-12||Revocation of Parental Consent|
Amends rules to reflect recent changes in federal regulations regarding revocation of parental consent. Provides that if, at any time subsequent to the initial provision of special education and related services, a parent revokes consent in writing for the con...
|MD||Signed into law 04/2010||P-12||Individualized Education Program - Required Notice|
Requires that appropriate school personnel provide the parents of a child with a disability with accessible copies of all documents relating to the development of an individualized education program (IEP) at least 5 business days before a scheduled meeting. Ho...
|MD||Signed into law 04/2010||P-12||Alternate School Assessment - Teacher Survey|
Requires the state department of education to review the Alternate School Assessment, survey certain teachers regarding satisfaction or lack thereof and solicit recommendations as part of the review. http://mlis.state.md.us/2010rs/bills/sb/sb0557t.pdf...
|MD||Signed into law 04/2010||P-12||Braille Standards|
Requires the state board of education to establish standards for the mastery of Braille for use in English, language arts, and mathematics instruction of students who are blind or visually impaired in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 by September 1, 2012. By ...
|VA||Signed into law 04/2010||P-12||Employment Programs for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders|
Requires the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, in coordination with the Department of Rehabilitative Services and other partner agencies, to develop pilot programs to assist individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders to obtain and sus...
|NE||Signed into law 04/2010||P-12||Revises Special Education Funding|
Changes provisions relating to payment for educational services; defines and redefines terms under the Special education Act; relates to determinations of a student's resident district.
|VA||Signed into law 03/2010||P-12||Recovery of Attorney Fees|
Authorizes a court to award reasonable attorney fees and costs to a prevailing party, who is the parent of a child with a disability, in a civil action he is allowed to bring before the court because he is aggrieved by earlier findings and a decision resolving...
|MD||Adopted 03/2010||P-12||Athletics - Participation of Students with Disabilities|
Ensures that students with disabilities have an opportunity to try out for and if selected participate in athletic programs, provide reasonable accommodations to allow athletic opportunities, and provide corollary athletic programs. http://www.dsd.state.md.us/...
|UT||Signed into law 03/2010||P-12||Autism Awareness Funds|
Creates an Autism Awareness support special group license plate for programs that create or support autism awareness programs. Requires applicants for a new plate to make a $25 annual donation to the Autism Awareness Restricted Account. Creates the Autism Awar...
|MS||Signed into law 03/2010||P-12||Special Education Accomodations|
Relates to testing instruments and procedures for students with disabilities. Clarifies accommodation.
|NM||Signed into law 03/2010||P-12||Services for Students w/ Dyslexia|
Requires interventions for students displaying characteristics of dyslexia; provides that a parent of a student referred to a student assistance team shall be informed of the parent's right to request an initial special education evaluation; requires the Depar...
|IA||Signed into law 03/2010||P-12||Students with Disabilities Who Reach the Age of 21|
Provides that if a child requiring special education reaches the age of 21 during an academic year, the child may elect to receive special education services until the end of the academic year; specifies that when a child requiring special education attains th...
|ME||Signed into law 03/2010||P-12||Students with Disabilities Access to Materials/Braille Access|
S.B. 588 - Sec. 5
Provides for access to instructional materials and online learning for students with disabilities; requires access to Braille for instruction. http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_124th/chapters/PUBLIC508.asp ...
|VA||Signed into law 02/2010||P-12||Homebound Instructional Services|
Requires the Board of Education to amend its regulations establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia as they relate to homebound instructional services to include that homebound instruction shall be made available to students based on a c...
|DE||Signed into law 02/2010||P-12||Free and Appropriate Education|
Requires courts, administrative tribunals, school districts and schools to use the definition of "free and appropriate education" with respect to disabled children that has been enumerated for this region of the country by the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appea...
|DE||Signed into law 02/2010||P-12||Alignment with Federal IDEA|
Aligns state law with the federal requirements of the reauthorized Individuals With Disabilities Education Act relating to the content of prior written notice, the requirements for the appointment of educational surrogates, and the applicable timelines for an ...
|DE||Signed into law 02/2010||P-12||Due Process|
This bill provides for certain notice provisions concerning due process hearings involving children with disabilities relating to education of those children. Additionally, the bill provides that before a school district can appeal the decision of a due proces...
|DE||Signed into law 02/2010||P-12||Training on Due Process|
Requires school board members to receive training concerning special education due process hearings.
|GA||Adopted 01/2010||P-12||Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program|
New Rule 160-5-1-.34 has been adopted, governing the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program. http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/_documents/doe/legalservices/160-5-1-.34.pdf...
|NJ||Signed into law 01/2010||P-12||Special Education and Traumatic Brain Injury Task Force|
Establishes New Jersey Special Education and Traumatic Brain Injury Task Force to study instructional practices and strategies that improve recognition of, and benefit students with, a traumatic brain injury and examine the ways in which current State policies...
|RI||Signed into law 11/2009||P-12||Autism Spectrum Disorder Education Act|
Creates the Autism Spectrum Disorder Education Act. Requires the state departments of health, education, and human services to implement programs and plans to address the state's declared autism public policy emphasizing awareness, screening, and early interve...
|CA||Signed into law 10/2009||Postsec.||Captioned Electronic Instructional Materials|
Relates to existing law which requires publishers and manufacturers of printed instructional material for use at public postsecondary educational institutions to provide the material in an electronic format for use by a disabled student. Requires publishers to...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2009||P-12||Joint Agreements for Provision of Special Education|
In a section allowing school boards to enter into joint agreements with other school boards with respect to special education matters, provides that an amendment to an agreement may include the removal of a school district from or the addition of a school dist...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2009||P-12||Joint Agreements to Provide Special Education Services|
S.B. 611 - Joint Agreements to Provide Special Education Services
Amends the Local Government Property Transfer Act to include in the definition of "transferee municipality" two or more districts operating a cooperative or joint educational program for purposes of providing special education services. Replaces references to ...
|NY||Signed into law 08/2009||P-12||Residential Care Off-Site Facility Demonstration Project|
Creates a residential care off-site facility demonstration project to assess reimbursement methodologies and delivery methods in conjunction with the provision of physical, occupational and speech therapy and related education services provided by a licensed p...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2009||P-12||Visiting a Student with Disabilities at School|
Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code. Provides that a parent, an independent educational evaluator, or a qualified professional retained by or on behalf of a parent or child must be afforded reasonable access of sufficient duration ...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2009||P-12||MRSA Prevention in Residential Schools and Juvenile Corrections Centers|
Creates the MRSA Prevention, Control, and Reporting Act to to improve the prevention of infections due to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Establishes prevention, control, and reporting requirements for developmental centers, residential sch...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2009||P-12||"Twice-Exceptional" Students|
Requires the Advisory Council on the Education of Children with Disabilities and the Advisory Council on the Education of Gifted and Talented Children to research and discuss best practices for addressing the needs of children who are gifted and talented and h...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2009||P-12||Transportation of Special Needs Students|
Adds contracts providing for the transportation of pupils with special needs or disabilities to the list of exceptions to the requirement that certain contracts be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder. Provides that these contracts must be advertised in th...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2009||P-12||Special Education--Personnel, Costs, Instruction in Home or Hospital|
Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code. Amends job titles defined under staff working on behalf of children who have not been identified as eligible for special education and for eligible children with physical disabilities, including...
|NY||Signed into law 08/2009||P-12||City-Wide Council on Special Education|
A.B. 8903 - City-Wide Council on Special Education
Makes technical changes to eligibility requirements of parent and high school senior members of the city-wide council on special education in New York City. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A08903&sh=t...
|DC||Emergency Rule Re-Adoption 07/2009||P-12||Special Education Responsibilities|
DCMR Title 5, Chapter 30, Section 3019
Reflects the status of current law with a clear enunciation of charter school special education responsibilities. http://www.osse.dc.gov/seo/lib/seo/DCMR_Notice.pdf...
|RI||Became law without governor's signature 07/2009||P-12||Special Joint Commission on Autism|
Creates a special joint commission whose purpose it would be to make a comprehensive study of the education of children with autism in the state and who would report back to the General Assembly. Resolution No. 2009-336...
|RI||Signed into law 07/2009||P-12||Study on Education of Children with Autism|
Creates a special Joint Commission to make a comprehensive study of the education of children with autism and to report back to the General Assembly. (Resolution No. 2009-334)...
|AZ||Signed into law 07/2009||P-12||Special Education|
Establishes a task force on best practices in special education and behavior management; relates to training for teaches and classroom aids, parental notice requirements concerning disciplinary actions, charter schools and public meetings. Chapter 62
|TX||Signed into law 06/2009||P-12||Disability Services|
Authorizes a person providing disability services to contract with a state school or state center to provide services and resources for individuals with developmental disabilities. Establishes circumstances under which a state school or state center may provid...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2009||P-12||Special Education Grants|
H.B. 3646 - Section 16
Adds section 29.018. Directs the commissioner, using federal, appropriated state funds, or any other funds available, to make grants available to districts to help cover the cost of serving students with disabilities. Provides eligible districts are those with...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2009||P-12||Interagency Task Force for Children with Special Needs|
Defines "children with special needs" as children younger than 22 diagnosed with a chronic illness, intellectual or other developmental disability, or serious mental illness. Creates the Interagency Task Force for Children with Special Needs to improve the coo...
|OR||Signed into law 06/2009||P-12||School for the Blind|
Directs the Superintendent of Public Instruction to close the State School for the Blind by a specified date; abolishes the school's Board of Directors; requires the development of individual comprehensive transition plans for students attending the school; re...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2009||P-12||Serving Mentally Retarded Offenders|
New provision defines alleged offender resident as a person with mental retardation who is charged with or convicted of a criminal offense, or a child found to have engaged in delinquent conduct constituting a criminal offense. Establishes the Mexia State Supp...
|CT||Adopted 06/2009||P-12||Use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion in Schools|
RCSA 10-76b-5 thru -11
Addresses the use of physical restraining and seclusion in public schools for children who are or may be eligible for special education.
|ME||Signed into law 06/2009||P-12||Program Model for Children with Autism|
Directs the Department of Education to develop a program model for children with autism spectrum disorder to be used statewide in elementary and secondary schools and submit its report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by Decemb...
|OK||Signed into law 05/2009||P-12||Training for Special Education Hearing Officers|
Directs the State Department of Education to provide training for special education hearing officers; requires hearing officers to complete the training by certain date; requires hearing officers to complete continuing education in certain time period.
|TX||Signed into law 05/2009||P-12||Autism Spectrum Disorders Resource Center|
Establishes an autism spectrum disorders resource center to coordinate resources for individuals with autism and other pervasive developmental disorders and their families. Provides that the center must distribute information and research regarding autism, con...
|AL||Signed into law 05/2009||P-12|
|Regional Autism Centers|
Specifies that the following provisions will become operative only when legislative funds are appropriated. Provides for the establishment of regional autism centers to offer nonresidential resource and training services for individuals of all ages with autism...
|MO||Signed into law 05/2009||P-12||Exceptional Students|
Requires school districts to allow certain students with disabilities to participate in graduation ceremonies after four years of high school attendance.
|MN||Signed into law 05/2009||P-12||Alternate Dispute Resolution|
Amends various aspects of dispute resolution between parents of special education students and schools/districts, including: additional requirements for written notice; concilliation conference; mediated agreements; impartial due process hearing; hearing offi...
|MN||Signed into law 05/2009||P-12||Suspension of Children with Disabilities|
Consistent with federal law and state suspension procedures, allows school personnel to suspend children with disabilities. Establishes parameters and procedures for suspensions of children with disabilities who have been suspended for more than five consecuti...
|MN||Signed into law 05/2009||P-12||Restrictive Procedures for Children With Disabilities|
Defines terms and amends policies pertaining to restrictive procedures for children with disabilities, including standards for restrictive procedures (including procedures plan, physical holding or seclusion, prohibitions, staff training and behavior supports)...
|NE||Signed into law 05/2009||P-12||K-12 Technical Bill for 2009|
Statement of intent: Legislative Bill 549 is the K-12 education technical bill for 2009. Substantive changes would include reducing the time a district would be allowed to contract for the instruction of all students from 3 years to 2 years, adding a requireme...
|IN||Signed into law 05/2009||P-12||Board for the Coordination of Programs Serving Vulnerable Individuals|
H.B. 1289 - Section 1
Creates the board for the coordination of programs serving vulnerable individuals to coordinate the delivery of services to vulnerable individuals in need of services; requires the Superintendent of the Department of Education or designee to serve on the board...
|OK||Signed into law 05/2009||P-12||Staff Preparation to Treat Children with Autism|
Relates to autism; provides for the licensing of behavior analysts by the Department of Human Services; prohibits persons from using the title of behavior analyst unless they are licensed; provides funds to the Department of Education for specialized training ...
|WY||Adopted 05/2009||P-12||SERVICES FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES|
Establishes emergency rules pertaining to the services for children with disabilities.
|MO||Signed into law 05/2009||P-12||Parents Rights|
S.B. 291--Parents' Bill of Rights
Requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to produce "The Parents' Bill of Rights" to inform parents of children with individualized education programs of their educational rights under federal and state law by January 1, 2010. The publicat...
|IN||Signed into law 04/2009||P-12||Autism Training|
Relates to autism training; requires certain firefighter and law enforcement personnel to be trained in interacting with individuals with autism; provides that the Department of Education shall create a document explaining aspects of autism including behaviors...
|WA||Signed into law 04/2009||P-12||School for the Deaf|
Provides for the delivery of educational services to children who are deaf and hearing impaired; establishes the Washington state center for childhood deafness and hearing loss at Vancouver, Clark County; provides that the center shall be housed at and shall i...
|AR||Signed into law 04/2009||P-12||Legislative Task Force on Autism|
Creates the Legislative Task Force on Autism to examine how the State responds to autism and autism spectrum disorders, determine and recommend the best practices and methods for treatment of those disorders, recommend how to obtain more federal funds for such...
|NM||Signed into law 04/2009||P-12||Special Education Student Tracking and Training Centers|
Clarifies the state's responsibility to provide special education services; requires Public Education Department participation in development of agreements between school districts and private training centers and residential treatment programs; requires stude...
|CA||Adopted Rule Filing 03/2009||P-12||Special Education and Nonpublic Schools|
Title 5 CCR Sec(s) 3001, 3051, 3060, 3061, 3062, 3063, 3064, 3065, 3066, 3067, 3068, 3069, 3070
Amends rules pertaining to special education and nonpublic schools. Clarifies requirements for certification of California nonpublic schools and agencies. Increases monitoring of nonpublic schools and agencies and aligns nonpublic schools and agency requiremen...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2009||P-12||Due Process Hearing|
Provides that any party aggrieved by a decision made in a due process hearing provided to children with disabilities and their parents or guardians and to school divisions in resolving disputes as to program placements, individualized education programs, tuiti...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2009||P-12||Board of Visitors of the State School for the Deaf and the Blind|
Re-establishes the Board of Visitors of the State School for the Deaf and the Blind as the governing entity for the State School for the Deaf and the Blind at Staunton and the State School for the Deaf, Blind and Multi-Disabled at Hampton.
|UT||Signed into law 03/2009||P-12||Services for Deaf and Blind Students|
On request, requires publishers of textbooks recommended by the state board to provide their textbooks and related instructional materials in an electronic file set, in conformance with the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard so that Braill...
|NY||Adopted 03/2009||P-12||State Special Education Forms|
Title 8 NYCRR 200.4 and 200.5
Moves the date for required use of state forms for (1) individualized education programs, (1) prior written notice and (3) meeting notice from January 1, 2009 to September 1, 2009. ...
|UT||Signed into law 03/2009||P-12||Special Needs Scholarships|
Modifies provisions of the Carson Smith Scholarships for Students with Special Needs Act, which provides funds for a child with a disability to attend a private school. Requires parents of eligible to be notified of the availability of a Carson Smith Scholarsh...
|OH||Adopted 03/2009||P-12||Autism Scholarship Program|
OAC 3301-103-01 thru -08
Rescinds and re-establishes rules regarding the Autism Scholarship Program. Relates to application and eligibility; responsibilities of a school district of residence; and application and participation of providers.
3301-103-01 Definitions: http://www.register...
|AR||Signed into law 03/2009||P-12||Placement of Students with Behavioral Disabilities|
Ensures students categorized with behavioral disabilities in other states are promptly and adequately placed in the state public school system.
|VA||Signed into law 03/2009||P-12||Certification of Individuals Providing Braille Instruction|
Requires the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired, together with the Department of Education, to promulgate regulations for the certification of individuals providing Braille instruction in the Commonwealth. This bill provides that such regulations sha...
|SD||Signed by Governor 03/2009||P-12||Special education|
Clarifies the school residence of a child assigned to an approved out of district special education residential or tuition day program when the residence of the child's parent or guardian changes.
|MS||Signed into law 03/2009||P-12||Individuals with Disabilities Education Act|
Relates to federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); provides that all references in the laws of this state to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or to the IDEA shall be construed to include any subsequent amendments to that act....
|VA||Signed into law 02/2009||P-12||Defining Parent for Special Education|
Defines parent for the purposes of special education identification, evaluation, and placement of a child and the provision of a free appropriate public education to a child.
|MI||Signed into law 01/2009||P-12||Early Intervention Programs for K-3|
Provides that an intermediate school district may develop and make available to districts and public school academies an early intervening model program for grades k to 3 which shall be designed to instruct classroom teachers and support staff on how to monito...
|NY||Adopted 10/2008||P-12||Special Education Programs and Services|
Title 8 NYCRR Section 177.2
Adds a new section to establish a dispute resolution mechanism for costs for special education services provided to a non-resident student with a disability who is parentally placed in a nonpublic school....
|CA||Vetoed 09/2008||P-12||Autism disorder clearinghouse|
Establishes the State Autism Spectrum Disorder Clearinghouse within the State Department of Education to provide evidence-based resources, research materials, information and practices regarding the education of pupils with autism spectrum disorders. Requires ...
Requires the State Department of Developmental Services to establish a pilot project to provide methods, instruments, and systems of care between regional centers and school districts for the early identification and assessment of children with Autism Spectrum...
|NY||Signed into law 09/2008||P-12||Special Education Services Outside the School Setting|
Provides that members of committees on special education may provide parents of a child with a disability with a list of programs and services available outside the school setting. Provides that the list must clearly state that such services are in addition to...
|NY||Signed into law 09/2008||P-12||Request for Adult Services|
Requires the Commissioner of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities to notify the Committee on Special Education, multidisciplinary team, or social services official that submitted a report on a mentally retarded or developmentally disabled child re...
|FL||Adopted 09/2008||P-12||Math Performance Standards for Students w/ Disabilities|
Amends rule to address the Sunshine State Standards math access points for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
Sunshine State Standards for Special Diploma as incorporated by reference in paragraph (1)(h) of this rule describe what certain stude...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2008||P-12||Residential Programs|
Amends the School Code and the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. Distinguishes funding provisions for students in residential programs who are not eligible for special education services and funding provisions for students with disabilities who are in residential pr...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2008||P-12||Assorted Amendments to the School Code|
Repeals the Professional Development Block Grant. Amends requirements related to annual census for special education, such that census must include students age 3 to 21 (rather than birth to 21) receiving special education services. Eliminates requirement that...
|NY||Signed into law 08/2008||P-12||Administrator Training in Serving Autistic Children|
Requires that each certified school administrator or supervisor assigned to be a special education administrator on or after September 2, 2009 be provided with enhanced training in the needs of autistic children. Requires individuals serving as special educati...
|CA||Signed into law 08/2008||P-12||Council on Developmental Disabilities|
Amends existing law that creates a state council on developmental disabilities appointed by the Governor. Requires that the state council include a representative from each of the university centers for excellence, thus increasing the council membership. Allow...
|NC||Signed into law 08/2008||P-12||Children Placed in Private Psychiatrict Facilities|
Requires the State Board of Education and Department of Health and Human Services to determine responsibility for children with disabilities placed in private psychiatric residential treatment facilities by public agencies other than local educational agencies...
|NY||Adopted 08/2008||P-12||Special Education Programs|
Title 8 NYCRR Sections 177.1, 200.1, 200.3-200.7, 200.16, 201.11
Conforms certain rules to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, ensures that chairpersons of committees on special education are appropriately qualified, and establishes procedures for when a district receives a request for referral of a student for...
|MA||Signed into law 07/2008||P-12|
|Transition Age Requirements and Measurable Postsecondary Goals|
Provides for maintaining transition age requirements and measurable postsecondary goals for school age students with disabilities.
|CA||Signed into law 07/2008||P-12||IEP|
Amends existing law that requires the parent of a pupil be given, in writing, a proposed assessment plan within a specified time frame of the referral of the pupil for assessment for the development or revision of an individualized education program and a copy...
|NY||Vetoed 07/2008||P-12||New York State Schools for the Deaf and Blind|
Requires school districts to provide information to parents of blind and deaf students regarding programs and institutions administered by the state. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A09511&sh=t...
|NH||Signed into law 07/2008||P-12||Changes in Special Education Law|
Revises numerous statutes relating to special education; expands, updates, and clarifies definitions; expands the duties of the Department of Education; establishes duties of correctional facilities; provides for monitoring of special education programs and au...
|NY||Signed into law 07/2008||P-12||Student with Disabilities in Homeschool Program|
Provides that solely for purposes of providing services to special education students and the computation of state aid, a student with disabilities in a homeschool program must be considered a nonpublic school student eligible to receive services as such, prov...
|LA||Signed into law 07/2008||P-12||Dyslexia Screenings|
By January 30, 2009, requires the state board to implement a pilot program to provide universal screening of students in grades prekindergarten through 3 for dyslexia and related disorders. Provides that if no monies are appropriated in the 2008-2009 fiscal ye...
|NC||Signed into law 07/2008||P-12||Educational Services for Students With Disabilities|
Amends the definition of educational services for students with disabilities; amends the law to allow a designee or designees of a student's Individual Education Plan team to evaluate the continued appropriateness of homebound instruction for discipline purpos...
|NH||Signed into law 07/2008||P-12||Procedures for Delivery of Special Education and Related Services|
Revises the procedures for delivery of special education services by school districts and other agencies; requires a law enforcement agency officer who suspects a minor has a disability, to notify an administrator of the school district and administrator, if a...
|NH||Signed into law 07/2008||P-12||Financial Liability for Placement of Child with Disability|
Establishes a committee to study the financial liability for placement of a child with a disability; provides for the powers and duties of the committee.
|RI||Signed into law 07/2008||P-12||Students with Disabilities|
Excerpt: (b) Notwithstanding any other federal or state law or regulation, the school committee where a parentally placed child who has or develops a disability in private school resides, shall provide the child with the same free and appropriate education as ...
|LA||Signed into law 06/2008||P-12||Comprehensive Revision of Special Education Legislation|
Provides for comprehensive revision of the educational opportunities for children with exceptionalities provisions. The following are the major changes, as set forth in the digest (http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdata/streamdocument.asp?did=488156) of the ree...
|NH||Signed into law 06/2008||P-12||Autism Spectrum Disorder|
Establishes the Council on Autism Spectrum Disorders to coordinate supports and services for individuals and their families; states that the duties of the council include providing information to families and persons with such disorders, collaborating with sch...
|FL||Signed into law 06/2008||P-12|
|Student w/ Disabilies Policies|
Relates to charter schools, the Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program, postsecondary education, school attendance, and high school graduation requirements; revises the terminology used to identify students with intellectual, emotional, or behavio...
|HI||Signed into law 06/2008||P-12||Decisionmaking for Adult Special Education Students|
Establishes a power of attorney for adult special education students. Provides a process for revocation of the power of attorney for special education. Establishes the process to appoint an educational representative for an adult student who lacks capacity to ...
|HI||Signed into law 06/2008||P-12||Due Process Hearings|
Extends the deadline within which to file a request for a due process hearing relating to the education of a child with a disability from ninety days to two years when the request is for reimbursement of costs of a child's placement. Provides that no later tha...
|CT||Signed into law 06/2008||P-12||Special Education Instruction|
Concerns special education and instructional methods concerning autism and other developmental disabilities; requires the development and use of instructional methods for parents and teachers of children with autism and other developmental disabilities; relate...
|OK||Signed into law 06/2008||P-12||Training of Behavior Therapists - Autism|
Relates to schools; requests the Regional University System of Oklahoma to establish a comprehensive autism training program at the University of Central Oklahoma to provide statewide leadership in training of post graduate and post baccalaureate behavior ther...
|MO||Adopted 06/2008||P-12||ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY LOAN PROGRAM|
5 CSR 110-1.020
Proposes to move rules from the Office of Administration to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Allows the council to establish interest rates and maximum loan amounts that meet the needs of consumers in the Assistive Technology Loan Program....
|NJ||Signed into law 05/2008||P-12|
Enacts Alicia's Law, permits a student whose high school special education program requires instruction beyond four years to participate with his or her class in that classes graduation ceremony and to receive a certificate of attendance.
|KS||Signed into law 05/2008||P-12||School Finance|
Provides that a student enrolled in a district and attending both a non-virtual school and a virtual school must be counted as that proportion of one pupil (to the nearest one-tenth) that the student's attendance at the non-virtual school bears to full-time at...
|OK||Signed into law 05/2008||P-12||Three Year Placements|
Relates to transfers for children with disabilities; provides that beginning with the 2008-2009 school year, a transfer granted for a child with a disability to another school district must automatically be renewed for three consecutive years; requires the di...
|NE||Signed into law 04/2008||P-12||Certificate of Attendance|
At the request of 1 a parent or guardian, a school district is to issue a certificate of attendance to a student who receives special education services, who has reached seventeen years of age, and who has not completed his or her individualized education plan...
|CO||Signed into law 04/2008||P-12||Student Intervention for Special Education|
Allows an administrative unit to use no more than a specified percentage of the funding it receives under the Exceptional Children's Educational Act to provide early intervening services to students; requires that administrative units report information to the...
|ME||Signed into law 04/2008||P-12||Screening for Autism|
Requires the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services to convene an interdepartmental work group to develop and establish a uniform statewide protocol for screening young children for signs of autism, examine models that meet cri...
|MD||Signed into law 04/2008||P-12||Physical Ed. for Students with Disabilities|
H.B. 1411; S.B. 849
Requires county boards of education to ensure that students with disabilities have certain opportunities in specified physical education and certain athletic programs; provides for certain exceptions to these requirements; requires county school systems to pro...
|MS||Signed into law 03/2008||P-12|
|Blind Persons' Literacy Rights and Education Act|
Amends portions of the Blind Persons' Literacy Rights and Education Act. Relates to requirements for for the development of an individualized education plan.
|WA||Signed into law 03/2008||P-12||Interdistrict Transfers for Employees' Children with Special Education Needs|
School districts must allow the children of full-time classified and certificated employees to enroll in a district that offers early education intervention services for special education students, provided that the child qualifies for such services.
|WA||Signed into law 03/2008||P-12|
|Disability History Month|
Every October, public schools and postsecondary institutions must conduct or promote educational activities that provide instruction, awareness and understanding of disability history and persons with disabilities.
|WA||Signed into law 03/2008||P-12||Strategies for Success for Students with Disabilities and Reporting Requirements on the WASL|
The Center for the Improvement of Student Learning (CISL) and the education ombudsman are directed to identify strategies to improve the academic success rates of students with disabilities. The CISL is also directed to provide best practices and information o...
|TN||Signed into law 03/2008||P-12||Training|
Changes the required training regulations for special education mediators and administrative law judges who conduct due process hearings.Training is currently funded through Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) federal funds. Forty hours of training is cur...
|IL||Adopted 03/2008||P-12||Special Education Facilities|
23 IAC 401.10, .30, .210
Emergency rule (expires 8-18-08) includes a new provision expressly prohibiting the "use of a behavioral intervention strategy relying upon pain as an intentional
method of control" by any program operated at a facility serving students with disabilities. Requ...
|ME||Signed into law 03/2008||P-12||Special Education Evaluations|
Directs the Department of Education to amend its rules governing special education to provide a deadline of 45 school days for the completion of an evaluation.
|WV||Signed into law 03/2008||P-12||Service Personnel and Authority|
Gives authority to certain aides to exercise control over students; expands the classifications of service personnel to include paraprofessionals, interpreters and aides providing one-on-one services to students with exceptionalities as required by the student...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2008||P-12||Access to Public Places for Persons With Disabilities|
Adds public entities, including schools, to the list of public places in which persons with disabilities are entitled to the same full and free rights as other persons.
|SD||Vetoed 02/2008||P-12||Deaf/Hearing Impaired|
Requires the Department of Education and the Board of Regents to establish programs and policies for children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing.
|NJ||Signed into law 01/2008||P-12||Burden of Proof|
Places the burden of proof and burden of production on school districts in due process hearings conducted to resolve special education issues; codifies the practice.
|NJ||Signed into law 01/2008||P-12||Billy's Law|
Establishes the Council on Out-of-State Placement of Children and the registry of qualified out-of-State residential schools and programs in Department of Human Services, to be known as Billy's Law, to reduce out-of-state placements.
|MI||Signed into law 01/2008||P-12||Special Education Policies|
S.B. 730 (sec. 1701)
Addresses several special education policies and requirements, including student learning plans, transportation, personnel, funding, placement, reporting, etc.
|GA||Adopted 12/2007||P-12||Special Education|
Revises rules regarding special education, including the rights of children and parents and assists educational agencies to provides for such and education.
Purpose for Exceptional Students Rules: http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/_documents/doe/legalservices/160-4-7...
|CO||Adopted 11/2007||P-12||Exceptional Children's Education Act|
1 CCR 301-8
Clarifies rules regarding the administration of the Exceptional Children's Educational Act, including special education provisions, and funding eligibility.
|IL||Adopted 09/2007||P-12||Testing, Professional Development and Background Checks at Special Education Facilities|
23 IAC 401.10 thru .260 (non seq.)
Amends policies regarding the assessment of special education students at nonpublic, public out-of-state, public residential or private special education facilities. Transfers authority for the oversight of such assessment from the state board of education to ...
|NY||Adopted 09/2007||P-12||Diagnostic Screenings|
Title 8 NYCRR Part 117
Amends regulations regarding diagnostic screenings of students who are new entrants to school or who have low test scores on the statewide third grade English language arts or mathematics assessment. Specifies that diagnostic screening must include a determina...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2007||P-12|
Relates to special education. Requires that the educational materials, services, and programs provided by the nonpublic, nonsectarian school be consistent with the pupil's individual education program. Revises the provision of existing law relating to standard...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2007||P-12||Textbooks for Print-Disabled Children|
Specifies that the state board of education must require textbook publishers to furnish an electronic file set of contracted print material to the National Instructional Materials Access Center for conversion to an accessible format for use by print disabled c...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2007||P-12||Definition of Professional Worker|
Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code. Adds school counselor and school counselor intern to the list of professions included in the definition of a professional worker. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/95/SB/PDF/09500SB0122lv.pdf...
|ID||Approved 08/2007||P-12||Programs for disabled|
Provides guidance for the development of the education programs for students who are deaf or hard of hearing and/or those who are blind or visually impaired. IDAHO 7548...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2007||P-12||IEPs for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders|
Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code. Provides that in the development of the individualized education program for a student who has a disability on the autism spectrum, the IEP team must consider several specified factors, includin...
|NY||Vetoed 08/2007||P-12||List of Programs and Services for Child with a Disability|
Requires chair of committees on special education to provide parents of a child with a disability with a list of programs and services that may be available and accessible to such child or child's family, including health and mental health programs and service...
|MD||Issued 08/2007||P-12||Governor's Interagency Transition Council for Youth with Disabilities|
E.O. 14; 2007-13
(Executive Order No. 2007-13) Establishes the Governor's Interagency Transition Council for Youth with Disabilities. The Council will annually review, revise, and update the state plan to ensure effective interagency planning and delivery of services for seco...
|AK||Adopted 08/2007||P-12||CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES|
4 AAC 52
Amends regulations governing education of children with disabilities in response to the new federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act. ALASKA 3519...
|NC||Signed into law 07/2007||P-12||Homebound Instruction for Students With Disabilities|
Authorizes homebound instruction for discipline purposes when it is the least restrictive alternative for students with disabilities. Requires a regular evaluation of the appropriateness of the homebound instruction.
|NC||Signed into law 07/2007||P-12||Standards for Homebound Instruction|
Establishes standards for homebound special education instruction including standards related to appropriate teacher qualifications, services included in the childs Individual Education Plan, and behavior intervention services designed to address the behavior ...
|CA||Became law without governor's signature 07/2007||P-12||Speech Pathologists|
Requests the Governor and all state agencies to work together to alleviate the critical shortage of speech-language pathologists in the state.
Resolutions points to the increasing number of children in the state with autism and the shortage of skilled patholog...
|NC||Signed into law 07/2007||P-12||High School Special Education Study|
Directs the department of public instruction to identify the various models being utilized to deliver educational and other services at the high school level to children with disabilities in the state. As a part of its study, the department must consider the e...
|NC||Signed into law 07/2007||P-12||Residence for the Delivery of Special Education|
Clarifies the definition of residence for the delivery of special education
|NY||Signed into law 07/2007||P-12||Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act|
The following provisions are effective until June 30, 2009:
Relates to implementation of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004; revises provisions of existing law relating to the providing of special education and individ...
|NC||Signed into law 07/2007||P-12||Reaching One's Potential for Excellence (ROPE) Scholars Pilot Program.|
The purpose of the ROPE Scholars Pilot Program is to strengthen middle grades education in order to provide students with the opportunity to graduate from high school with the core academic skills needed for postsecondary education and high-skilled employment,...
|NC||Signed into law 07/2007||P-12||Disability Awareness|
Designates the month of October as Disability History and Awareness Month. Requires local Boards of Education to provide instruction on disability history and awareness.
|NC||Signed into law 07/2007||P-12|
|Preparation of Special Education Teachers|
Directs the board of governors of the state university to report on the efficacy of the preparation of teachers to teach students with disabilities.
|NH||Signed into law 07/2007||P-12||Executive Planning Commission on Special Education|
Establishes an executive planning commission on special education to develop a plan to provide systems of pre-service and in-service education to personnel, including improved coordination between personnel preparation at the university level and the curriculu...
|CA||Signed into law 07/2007||P-12||Special education|
Makes technical changes to various provisions of existing law regarding special education and related services to conform various provisions of the new federal regulations and update cross-references in response to those regulations. Deletes obsolete provision...
|OK||Issued 07/2007||P-12||Governance Adjustment for Federal Funding|
(Amended Executive Order 2006-04) Makes the state department of education the lead agency for administration of Part C of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Educatin Act -- to take advantage of the federal government providing the State with the opportu...
|RI||Signed into law 07/2007||P-12||Funding for Special Education Students in Career/Technical Charters|
Permits any career/technical charter public schools which enroll special education students from outside the school district with verifiable Individual Education Plans to receive from the sending district the average per pupil special education cost of the sen...
|TN||Signed into law 07/2007||P-12||Study Commission on Methods of Restraint|
Requires the Department of Education's division of special education to collect data on and report to the Chairs of the House and Senate Education Committees the following information:
(1) The number of special education classes by local education agency;
|TN||Signed into law 07/2007||P-12||Special Education Hearings|
Adds new sections of law that specify the process for and rights of parties involved in special education due process hearings.
|CA||To governor 07/2007||P-12||Special education|
Relates to special education. Prohibits a nonpublic, nonsectarian school or agency whose certification has been revoked, and certain other administrators and entities involved with the school or agency, from being eligible to apply for recertification for 2 ye...
|LA||Signed into law 07/2007||P-12||Universal Dyslexia Screening for K-3 Students|
Directs the state board, by the beginning of the 2007-2008 school year, to implement a pilot program to provide for universal screening of K-3 students for characteristics of dyslexia and related disorders. The program must also provide for periodic progress m...
|IA||Adopted 07/2007||P-12||Substitutes in K-6 Special Education Classrooms|
Expands the ability of a paraeducator holding a substitute authorization to work in K-6 special education classrooms. IOWA 5764...
|ME||Signed into law 06/2007||P-12||Preschool Children with Disabilities|
Expands the opportunity of preschool children with disabilities to continue to have a free and appropriate public education provided through the Child Development Services System; extends the window of eligibility, allowing children who reach 5 years of age be...
|NY||Signed into law 06/2007||P-12||P.J.'s Law|
Enacts P.J.'s law; directs the commissioner of education to promulgate rules and regulations requiring school bus drivers and school bus attendants on a bus transporting a child or children with a disability to complete training, twice a year, on the special n...
|ME||Signed into law 06/2007||P-12||Early Childhood Special Education Study|
Implements the recommendations of the Subcommittee To Study Early Childhood Special Education; relates to early intervention and early childhood special education services for children from birth to 8 years of age.
|NJ||Signed into law 06/2007||P-12||Early Intervention for Autism|
A.B. 4056; S.B. 2568
Concerns Early Intervention Program services for children with autism. Requires Department of Health and Senior Services, in conjunction with the Departments of Education and Human Services, to establish a Statewide system of early intervention services for el...
|NJ||Signed into law 06/2007||P-12||Autism Awareness Teacher Training|
A.B. 4055; S.B. 2558
Requires candidates for teaching certificates and current teachers to receive instruction in autism awareness and methods of teaching students with autism.
|ME||Signed into law 06/2007||P-12||Deaf and Hard-of-hearing Students Rights|
Creates an Education Bill of Rights for deaf and hard-of-hearing children; provides for rights based on federal and state rules and laws; encourages the development of a communication-driven and language- driven educational delivery system for children who are...
|CT||Signed into law 06/2007||P-12||Restraint and Seclusion of Students|
Relates to restraints and seclusion in public shools; concerns restriction on unreasonable restraints and seclusions of students; avoids the harmful effects of unreasonable restraints and seclusions on students; relates to special education students and studen...
|WV||Proposed Rule COMMENT DEADLINE: 07/16/2007 08/13/2007 Rule Adoption 06/2007||P-12||Education of Students with Exceptionalities|
Title 126, Series 16
Amends rules regarding the education of students with exceptionalities....
|VT||Signed into law 06/2007||P-12||Controlling Costs While Maintaining Quality|
Provides for a slight rollback in property tax assessments for this year and would place a cap on property evaluations in the future. In addition, requires studies that look at: high-spending school districts, special education cost and the feasibility of ado...
|NV||Signed into law 06/2007||P-12||District Budget Reporting, Grant Fund for Licensed Education Personnel|
Revises provisions governing the inclusion of certain information in the biennial budget request for the state distributive school account for submission to the department of administration based upon the annual budgets submitted by the school districts. Creat...
|NV||Signed into law 06/2007||P-12||Rights of Parents of Students With Disabilities|
Revises provisions governing the rights of parents of pupils with disabilities. Provides that the rights of a parent of a pupil with a disability under the IDEA transfer to the pupil when the pupil attains the age of 18 years. Authorizes the parent of a pupil ...
|VT||Signed into law 06/2007||P-12||Autism Spectrum System of Care|
Requires the agency of human services and the department of education to develop and implement a statewide initiative to sustain and enhance the system of care for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families.
|GA||Signed into law 05/2007||P-12|
|Joint Study Committee on Continuing Education and Collegiate Sports Programs for Students with Disabilities|
Creates a Joint Study Committee on Continuing Education and Collegiate Sports Programs for Students with Disabilities. Directs the committee to undertake a study of what alternatives are open to the general assembly to identify and create opportunities for stu...
|NE||Signed into law 05/2007||P-12||Special Education Task Force|
Creates the special education task force to examine the provision of special education services and recommend policies and potential legislation to the clerk of the legislature and the education committee on or before December 31, 2007. The examination would i...
|NE||Signed into law 05/2007||P-12||Autism Treatment Program Act|
Adopts the autism treatment program act for the purposes of (1) creating the Autism Treatment Program administered by the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and (2) providing for the development of a waiver or an ...
|GA||Signed into law 05/2007||P-12||Education of Deaf Students|
Enacts the Deaf Child's Bill of Rights Act. In developing an individualized education (IEP) program for a child who is deaf or hard of hearing, directs a district to consider the related services and program options that provide the child with an appropriate a...
|TX||Signed into law 05/2007||P-12||Transitional Youth With Disabilities|
H.B. 1230 requires the executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission (executive commissioner) to monitor programs and services to study trends and to promote positive outcomes for transitional youth with disabilities. This bill requires tr...
|GA||Signed into law 05/2007||P-12||Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Act|
Enacts the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Act to provide scholarships for public school students with disabilities to attend eligible private schools. Establishes student eligibility requirements and requirements for private schools to participate in the sc...
|KS||Signed into law 05/2007||P-12||Autism Task Force|
Establishes the Autism Task Force. Directs the task force to study and conduct hearings on the issues relating to, the needs of and services available for persons with autism including:
(1) The re-alignment of state agencies that provide services for children...
|IN||Signed into law 05/2007||P-12||Autism and Asperger's Syndrome Training|
Requires every school corporation police officer to complete training to enable the officer to appropriately deal with individuals with autism and Asperger's syndrome. Allows a governing body to adjourn its schools to allow teachers, school administrators, and...
|MN||Signed into law 05/2007||P-12||Adjustment for Failure to Meet Federal Maintenance of Effort|
H.F. 2245 [Failure to Meet Federal Maintenance of Effort]
The general education aid paid to school districts that were members of a cooperative that failed to meet federal special education maintenance of effort must be reduced by the amount that must be paid to the federal government due to the shortfall. The commi...
|MN||Signed into law 05/2007||P-12||Early Intervening Services Program|
H.F. 2245 [Early Intervening Services Program]
Establishes means by which districts may fulfill requirements for alternative instruction for students prior to special education evaluation.
http://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/bin/bldbill.php?bill=H2245.2.html&session=ls85 (Section 31)...
|MN||Signed into law 05/2007||P-12||Specialized Instructional Services|
H.F. 2245 [Specialized Instructional Services]
Amends provisions relating to alternative delivery of specialized instructional services.
http://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/bin/bldbill.php?bill=H2245.2.html&session=ls85 (Section 30)...
|MN||Signed into law 05/2007||P-12||Library Services to Blind and Physically Handicapped|
H.F. 2245 [Services to Blind and Physically Handicapped]
Directs the Department of Education to provide specialized services to the blind and physically handicapped through the Minnesota Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped under a cooperative plan with the National Library Services for the Blind and Ph...
|MN||Signed into law 05/2007||P-12||Annual Report of Litigation Costs|
H.F. 2245 [Litigation Costs]
Requires districts to annually report the districts special education litigation costs, including attorney fees and costs of due process hearings, to the commissioner of education.
|MN||Signed into law 05/2007||P-12||Special Education Requirements|
H.F. 2245 [Special Education Requirements]
Establishes a task force to recommend which state laws and rules that exceed or expand upon minimum federal special education requirements for providing special education programs and services to eligible students should be amended to conform with minimum fede...
|TX||Signed into law 04/2007||P-12||Participation in Graduation Ceremony|
This bill provides that a school district to issue a certificate of attendance to a student who receives special education services, and who has completed four years of high school but has not completed the student's individualized education program. The bill...
|MT||To governor 04/2007||P-12||Services for Developmentally Disabled|
Relates to services for individuals who are developmentally distabled, clarifies that such individuals may return to high school after graduation if they are not 19 years of age.
|LA||Adopted 04/2007||P-12||State Textbook Adoption|
LAC 28:XXXIII.301, 303, 319, 503, 723, and 2001
Amends textbook adoption processes to come into compliance with U.S. Department of Education approval of IDEA, 2004. Directs that the state adopt materials that meet the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standards (NIMAS). Provides procedures for ...
|WA||Signed into law 04/2007||P-12||Participation in Commencement|
Kevin's Law: Requires that by September 1, 2007, each school district that operates a high school shall permit any student meeting the following criteria to participate in commencement
exercises with the student's graduating class and be recognized for their a...
|AZ||Signed into law 04/2007||P-12|
|Access, Special ed. definitions|
Regards special education definitions for schools, adds autism. (Chapter No. 68)
|MS||Signed into law 03/2007||P-12||Autism Task Force|
Creates Caring for Mississippi Individuals with Autism Task Force to study growing incidence of and ways to improve services. Defines membership and duties.
|WV||Signed into law 03/2007||P-12||Education Code Amendments|
Amends Education Code in the following ways:
1) Prescribes authorities of county school boards.
2) Expands purposes for which schools may expend funds.
3) Establishes certain vehicle and driver safety requirements for transporting students to a school-sponso...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2007||P-12||Identifying Prisoners with Learning Disabilities|
Requires the Superintendent of the Department of Correctional Education, in cooperation with the Department of Corrections, to create a system for identifying prisoners with learning disabilities. http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?071+ful+HB2625ER...
|WY||Signed into law 03/2007||Postsec.|
|Hathaway Scholarship Program Revisions|
Revises the Hathaway scholarship program by increasing curriculum requirements necessary to qualify for scholarships; establishes specific curriculum requirements for various scholarship levels for students graduating in the 2007-2008 school year, 2009-2010 sc...
|VA||Signed into law 02/2007||P-12||Due Process Procedures Students with Disabilities|
H.B. 1962, S.B. 847
Provides that due process procedures for students with disabilities prescribed by the Board of Education must require that testimony be given under oath or affirmation administered by the hearing officer. This bill is identical to SB 847, which was also signed...
|IL||Signed into law 02/2007||P-12||Special Education Procedures|
Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code. Makes changes concerning identification, evaluation, and placement of children, the impartial due process hearing procedure, the expedited hearing procedure, the selection, training, evaluation,...
|IL||Signed into law 02/2007||P-12||Special Education Students and Physical Education|
Provides that an individualized education program team may determine that a pupil must utilize time set aside for physical education to receive special education support and services. Requires the agreement by the parent or guardian or the determination by the...
|AK||Adopted 02/2007||P-12||Special education alternate program certificate|
4 AAC 12.340
Amends rules to the Department of Education and Early Development. Replaces the term "special education waiver" with "special education alternate program certificate", to more accurately reflect the participation of teachersin an alternate route to special edu...
|Public Education Job Enhancement Program Eligibility|
Provides eligibility and award distribution requirements for the Public Education Job Enhancement Program (PEJEP), which offers funding to cover the tuition costs for a teaching endorsement, master's degree or graduate education to selected public school teach...
|OH||Signed into law 12/2006||P-12||Access to Personally Identifiable Student Information|
H.B. 276 -- Section 3301.0716
Sec. 3301.0716 allows the state department of education to have access to personally identifiable student information under certain circumstances, including to respond to an appeal from a school district or school for verification of the accuracy of the studen...
|OR||Adopted 11/2006||P-12||Special Education Teachers|
OAR 584-017-0120 through 584-100-0006 non seq
Expands special education elementary authorization to allow special edteachers to be properly assigned in middle and junior high school. Clarifies experience and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements. Clarifies requirements for Standard Teachi...
|OR||Adopted 11/2006||P-12||Physical Restraint and Seclusion|
OAR 581-021-0061, -0061
Requires public schools to develop policies and procedures on the useof physical restraint and seclusion in schools. Requires schools to developbehavior support plans with specific content requirements and with parentparticipation. ...
|AK||Rule Adoption 10/2006||P-12||Subgroups for Determining Adequate Yearly Progress|
4 AAC 06.830(b)
Implements federal flexibility guidelines in the calculation of adequate yearly progress for the subgroup of students with disabilities.
|CA||Signed into law 09/2006||P-12||Services for Autistic Children|
Declares that the recommendations of the Superintendent of Public Instruction's advisory committee concerning means that public and private schools, including charter schools, may serve children with autism, are not to be construed as binding on an individuali...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2006||P-12||Special Education Student's Parental Rights|
Amends existing law that requires all procedural safeguards under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Act to be established by each non educational and educational agency that provides education, related services, or both, to children who are individuals...
|CA||Signed into law 08/2006||P-12||Assistance for Students w/ Disabilities|
Provides that any individual with exceptional needs, any pupil with a disability and any other pupil who requires specialized physical health care services, during the regular schoolday, may be assisted by designated school personnel. Declares the intent of th...
|NH||Rule Adoption 08/2006||P-12||Specialist in the Assessment of Intellectural Functioning (SAIF)|
Ed 507.19; Ed 614.08
Relates to the education and experience requirements for certificationas a SAIF, as well as the skills, competencies, and knowledge requirements.Clarifies the various types of certification that can qualify a person for SAIFcertification. Requires the program ...
|UT||Adopted 08/2006||P-12||Special Needs Scholarships Funding & Procedures|
Provides new definitions and makes changes within the Parents/Guardian Responsibilities section of rule concerning funding and procedures for Special Needs Scholarships involving private schools serving students with disabilities; requires documentation that m...
|NY||Signed into law 07/2006||P-12||IDEA Implementation|
Enacts temporary transitional legislation to implement the federal individuals with disabilities education improvement act of 2004....
|NY||Vetoed 07/2006||P-12||Burden of Proof in Impartial Hearings|
States that the board of education or trustees of the school district or the state agency responsible for providing education to students with disabilities will have the burden of proof, including the burden of persuasion and burden of production, in any impar...
|MA||Signed into law 07/2006||P-12||Students w/ Disabilities and High School Graduation Ceremonies|
Allows students with disabilities to participate in graduation ceremonies. A school age child with a disability who is completing the twelfth grade year but who has not yet earned the competency determination will be allowed to participate fully in high school...
|MO||Signed into law 07/2006||P-12||Optional Resolution Conferences and Evaluations of Private School Students|
Removes a section of law that allows for an optional resolution conference to occur as the first step of due process in special education disputes. Provides that evaluations of private school students suspected of having a disability will be conducted by the s...
|NC||Signed into law 07/2006||P-12||Special Education Laws|
Revises special education laws. Enables the state board of education and local educational agencies to implement the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Relates to early intervention, homeless children, public hearings, educational funding, the depart...
|CA||Signed into law 07/2006||P-12||Special Education Reporting Requirements|
Relates to a free appropriate public education to all children with disabilities, children with disabilities who have been suspended or expelled from school. Makes reporting requirement regarding a severance of attendance or denial of admission applicable to a...
|RI||Signed into law 07/2006||P-12||Transportation of Special Education Students|
H.B. 7841; S.B. 2489
Requires that the state department of administration and the Rhode Island public transit authority develop a plan for the creation and implementation of a statewide system of transportation of students with special needs and for all students including those wi...
|RI||Signed into law 07/2006||P-12||Transportation for Students w/ Disabilities|
Requires the department of elementary and secondary education to plan, develop, create and implement a statewide system of transportation of students with special needs.
|MI||Emergency Rule Adoption 06/2006||P-12||Due Process Procedures Special Education Hearings|
R 340.1883 - 1885
Amends Department of Education rules by establishing emergency rules for conducting special education hearings. http://www.state.mi.us/orr/emi/admincode.asp?AdminCode=Single&Admin_Num=34001881&Dpt=&RngHigh=39900102...
|NY||Signed into law 06/2006||P-12||Needs of Autistic Children|
Requires special education teachers and special education administrators to be trained in the needs of autistic children. Authorizes the commissioner of education to create special certification for teachers and administrators in the area of children with auti...
|NJ||Signed into law 06/2006||P-12||Special education adult services and staff liaison|
Requires the Department of Education to include in its parental rights in special education booklet, information describing services available through, and contact information for, state agencies serving adults with disabilities and to require all school distr...
|AZ||Signed into law 06/2006||P-12||Scholarships for Students with Disabilities|
Establishes a funded state program of scholarships for pupils with disabilities; provides such students with the option of attending or receiving a scholarship to any qualified school of the pupil's choice; provides that notwithstanding prescribed enrollment p...
|MI||Signed into law 06/2006||P-12||Cost of Due Process Hearings|
Specifies that, beginning July 1, 2006, the board of a local school district or other public agency responsible for providing programs or services to a child with a disability would be responsible for 75% of the costs of providing a due process hearing.
|IA||Signed into law 06/2006||P-12||Services to Special Education Students in Nonpublic Schools|
S.B. 2272 - Section 19
Requires service activities to students enrolled in nonpublic schools to be similar to those undertaken for public school students. Allows health services, special education support, and related services provided by area education agencies for the purpose of ...
|ME||Signed into law 05/2006||P-12||Special Education Services|
S.B. 689; LD 1772
Relates to children with disabilities; consolidates and reorganizes the delivery of early childhood special education services; includes the child development services system to achieve efficiencies of cost and effectiveness of childhood special education prog...
|FL||Signed into law 05/2006||P-12||High School Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities|
H.B. 7087 - Section 23 (3) - (8)
Requires local boards to modify basic courses, as necessary, to to assure exceptional students the opportunity to meet the graduation requirements for a standard diploma, using one of the following strategies:
1. Assignment of the exceptional student to an exc...
|OK||Signed into law 05/2006||P-12||Student Transfer|
Modifies student transfer application limitation for students who are deaf or hard of hearing who wish to transfer to a school district with a specialized deaf education program. Deaf or hearing impaired students who wish to transfer to a school district with ...
|VT||Signed into law 05/2006||P-12||Students with Life-Threatening Allergies and Chronic Illnesses|
Directs the commissioner of education, with the commissioner of health to annually inform superintendents and principals of appropriate practices regarding students with life-threatening allergies and chronic illnesses; and prepare and distribute policies, tra...
Creates a New York state interagency council for services to persons who are deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing to promote a comprehensive service system for the deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing; directs council to submit a report to the governor, legisla...
|CO||Signed into law 05/2006||P-12||Educational Materials for Visually Impaired Students|
Creates the educational materials for the blind and dyslexic grant program to provide grants to nonprofit organizations that provide school districts with accessible educational materials for students who, because of a learning disability, visual impairment, o...
|KS||Signed into law 05/2006||P-12||Special Education Teacher Service Scholarship|
H.B. 2578 Section 1-8
Establishes the special education teacher service scholarship to award up to 50 scholarships a year of $3,000 a semester to Kansas residents with teacher certification who are accepted for admission to or enrolled in a program leading to licensure/endorsement ...
|AZ||Signed into law 05/2006||P-12||Assessment of Students w/ Disabilities|
All students with disabilities in grades 2-12 will ge included in all state and district assessments, with appropriate accommodations and alternate assessments when necessary, as designated by IEP. Also addresses evaluation of students with disabilities and pa...
|CT||Signed into law 05/2006||P-12||Special Education Due Process and Evaluation|
Concerns special education; makes the state statutes concerning the provision of special education, special education due process hearings and evaluations, the State Special Education Advisory Council, and surrogates in schools comply with the federal Individu...
|FL||Signed into law 05/2006||P-12||Electronic Individual Eduation Plans|
H.B. 7087 (Section 31)
Individual education plans for exceptional students.--The Department of Education must develop and have an operating electronic IEP system in place for potential statewide use no later than July 1, 2007. The statewide system shall be developed collaboratively ...
|IL||Adopted 04/2006||P-12||Nonpublic Special Education Facilities|
23 IAC 401.5, 10, 20, 30, 110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 210, 220, 230,240, 250, 260, 270, 280
Clarifies rules to acknowledge that facilities may be established not only by nonpublic entities but also public out-of-state schools and public authorities such as regional superintendents of schools. Clarifies rules to express the approach to be used in appr...
|PA||Signed into law 04/2006||P-12||High School Graduation Ceremonies for Students w/ Disabilities|
Amends the Public School Code of 1949. Provides for participation by students with disabilities in high school graduation ceremonies. Allows a student with a disability who satisfactorily completes an individualized education program, but whose program prescri...
|LA||Adopted 04/2006||P-12||Hospital/Homebound Instruction|
Establishes procedures for hospital/homebound instruction for a student who is enrolled in regular or special education and who, as a result of health care treatment, physical illness, accident, or the treatment thereof, is temporarily unable to attend school....
|WV||Signed into law 04/2006||P-12|
|Disability History Week|
Establishes the third week of October as Disability History Week. Directs public schools to provide instruction on disability history, people with disabilities and the disability rights movement. Provides that the instruction must be integrated into the exis...
|MD||Signed into law 04/2006||P-12||Resources for Blind and Visually Impaired Students|
H.B. 710; S.B. 392
Relates to blind and visually impaired students. Requires the State Department of Education to establish a specified instructional resources center to develop procedures to coordinate the statewide availability of textbooks and supplementary instructional mate...
|ID||Signed into law 04/2006||P-12||School for the Deaf and the Blind|
Amends existing law relating to the School for the Deaf and the Blind to allow for education services to be delivered to students residing outside the campus area in Gooding; revises the definition of eligible students. http://www3.state.id.us/oasis/S1427.html...
|WI||Signed into law 04/2006||P-12||Students with Disabilities|
Act No. 258
Clarifies that an assistive technology device does not include a medical device that is surgically implanted or the replacement of such a device; adds interpreting services to services provided; includes a child who is homeless, a ward of the state, county or ...
|CO||Signed into law 04/2006||P-12||Special Education Policy Changes and Implementation|
Concerns amendments to the exceptional children's educational act to conform with the federal individuals with disabilities education improvement act of 2004; revises the list of recommendations by the state department of education to the state board of educat...
|MA||Signed into law 03/2006||P-12||Students w/ Autism|
Relates to the special education needs of children with autism spectrum disorder.
|WI||Signed into law 03/2006||P-12||Clearinghouse on Special Education Transition Services|
Establishes a clearinghouse for information about special education transition services and vocational opportunities that are available in each county; provides that the information shall be posted on the appropriate Web site. (Act 218)
|ID||Signed into law 03/2006||P-12||Interpreters for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students|
Creates minimum standards for K-12 educational interpreters serving deaf or hard-of-hearing students.
|UT||Signed into law 03/2006||P-12||Modifies Carson Smith Scholarship Program|
Modifies the State System of Public Education Code by amending provisions of the Carson Smith Scholarship Program; modifies scholarship qualification provisions; requires notification to parents or guardians of the availability of scholarships; modifies eligib...
|KY||Signed into law 03/2006||P-12||Telecommunications Equipment for the Deaf|
Relates to telecommunications equipment for the deaf; relates to telecommunications devices for the deaf; changes the term telecommunications device for the deaf, or TDD, to specialized telecommunications equipment and defines the term; changes the term TDD di...
|WA||Signed into law 03/2006||P-12||Standards for Educational Interpreters|
Requires standards for educational interpreters for students who are deaf or hard of hearing be developed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction. http://www.leg.wa.gov/pub/billinfo/2005-06/Pdf/Bills/Session%20Law%202006/6606.SL.pdf...
|WA||Signed into law 03/2006||P-12||Birth to 3 Early Intervention Services|
Finds an urgent and substantial need to enhance the development of all infants and toddlers with disabilities in Washington in order to minimize developmental delays and to maximize individual potential for learning and functioning. Requires that, by September...
|SD||Signed into law 02/2006||P-12||Special Education Funding|
Revises state aid to special education; provides for a special education levy percentage per dollars of valuation.
|KY||Adopted 02/2006||P-12||Awarding High School Diplomas to Students with Disabilities|
704 KAR 3:305 (section 7)
Clarifies provisions relating to awarding of high school diplomas to students with disabilities. States that if the severity of an exceptional student's disability precludes the student from completing the standard high school graduation requirements, the stu...
|MO||Issued 02/2006||P-12||Assistive Technology Advisory Counci|
Executive Order 06-06
Transfers the Assistive Technology Advisory Council to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education from the state Office of Administration.
|NJ||Signed into law 01/2006||P-12||Special Education Review Commission|
Establishes the Special Education Review Commission. http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2004/Bills/AL05/339_.PDF...
|CA||Signed into law 01/2006||P-12||One-year Exit Exam Exemptions for Students with Disabilities|
Requires school districts or state special schools to grant a high school diploma to a pupil with a disability who is scheduled to graduate from high school in 2006, has not passed the high school exit examination, has not received a high school exit examinati...
|LA||Adopted 12/2005||P-12||Special Education Course Codes|
LAC 28:CXV.2333, 2355, 2364 and 2369
Establishes new special education course codes that will allow students with disabilities and gifted and talented students to earn Carnegie units and it will allow districts to track the courses in which the students are enrolled.
AGENCY CONTACT: Nina A Ford,...
|LA||Adopted 12/2005||P-12||Monitoring Special Education Programs|
LAC 28:XCI.101, 105-111, 301, 303-317, 507, and 509
These changes clarify that all local education agencies must be monitored, eliminates the exemplary category, and adds a new category called targeted monitoring. It also clarifies that agencies must begin correcting non-compliance upon receipt of the monitorin...
|LA||Adopted 12/2005||P-12||Out-of-Field Authorities to Teach|
Grants a school district the option of a two-year renewal of Out-of-Field Authorities to Teach (OFAT) for individual pursuing certification in special education areas.
AGENCY CONTACT: Nina A Ford, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Box 94064, Capitol...
|WV||Adopted 11/2005||P-12||Alternate Academic Achievement Standards|
Title 126, Series 44P
WEST VIRGINIA 4765, SUMMARY: Amends rules relating to alternate academic achievement standards for West Virginia schools.
EFFECTIVE DATE: 12/14/2005...
|LA||Adopted 11/2005||P-12||NCLB Assessment and AYP|
LAC 28:LXXXIII.305, 509, 703, 3901-3905
Amends the accountability system calculations to take advantage of new flexibility in guidance for No Child Left Behind and address situations that were not considered when the accountability policy was initially written.
§305. Calculating the CRT Index
|CA||Vetoed 10/2005||P-12||Exit Exams Waivers for Students with Disabilities|
High school exit examination: pupils with disabilities. This bill would require a school district to grant a high school
diploma to a pupil with a disability, if he or she is scheduled to graduate from high school in 2006 or 2007, does not qualify for that
|CA||Signed into law 10/2005||P-12||Special Education Services and Requirements|
Existing law establishes a right of individuals with exceptional needs to receive free appropriate public education and ensures the right to special instruction and related services needed to meet their unique needs, in conformity with federal law. This bill w...
|MI||Signed into law 09/2005||P-12||Special Education Advisory Committee|
A special education advisory committee is created in the department of education....
|NM||Rule Adoption 09/2005||P-12||Special Education Rules|
NMAC 6.31.2, 6.11.2
Amends rules relating to special education and children with disabilities as well as gifted children. Relates to the rights and responsibilities of the Public Schools and of the students. NEW MEXICO REG 4351 (SN)...
|NY||Emergency Rule Adoption 09/2005||P-12||Special Education Programs and Services|
Title 8 NYCRR Sections 100.2, 200.1 - .7, 200.14, 200.16, 201.2 - .5, 201.7 - .11
Establishes emergency rules to immediately conform these rules regarding the provision of special education services to the requirements of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Ensures the rights of students with disabilities and the...
|OR||Signed into law 08/2005||P-12||High Cost Disabilities Account|
Establishes within the State School Fund a High Cost Disabilities Account. Each fiscal year, the department of education is to distribute moneys from the account to school districts as high cost disabilities grants. A school district may receive moneys from th...
|SD||Adopted 08/2005||P-12||Federal Requirements for Teachers|
SDCR 24:05:25:06, 27:01.01 thru 01.06, 04.01, .02, 08.01 thru .04, 27:09, 12, 13.02, 15 thru .03, 16, 18, 19.01, 30:06.01, 15:02:08, 03:01, 03, .01, 06, 08 thru 10, 06:02
Aligns rules with the federal 2004 IDEA legislation. Enables districts to inform in-service teachers about the federal new requirements. Allows educators additional means of adding endorsements and authorizations to their certificates. Increases certification ...
|IL||Signed into law 07/2005||P-12||Special Education Services|
In a provision concerning the notification of a child's possible eligibility to receive services from the Illinois School for the Deaf or the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired, requires the school district to further notify parents and guardians of eli...
|OR||Signed into law 07/2005||P-12||Special Education Provisions|
Adds interpreting services, social work services, and school nurse services designed to enable a child with a disability to receive a
free appropriate public education as described in the individualized education program of the child. Clarifies that "Related s...
|IL||Signed into law 07/2005||P-12||Transition Specialists|
Amends the Interagency Coordinating Council Act. With respect to the annual report that the Council is required to make to the Governor and the General Assembly, provides that in the 2007 report, the Council shall include recommendations for expanding the recr...
|MN||Signed into law 07/2005||P-12||Special education transportation|
H.F. 141 - Multiple Components
For purposes of computing special education base revenue, the cost of providing transportation for children with disabilities includes (A) the additional cost of transporting a homeless student from a temporary nonshelter home in another district to the school...
|IL||Signed into law 07/2005||P-12||Giant Steps Autism Center for Excellence|
Requires that the state board implement and administer a Giant Steps Autism Center for Excellence pilot program for the study and evaluation of autism and to provide related training for teachers, paraprofessionals, and respite workers, therapist training, and...
|IL||Signed into law 07/2005||P-12||Tuition Paid for Special Education|
Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code. Provides that the reimbursement of a school district for the amount of paid tuition of a child attending a non-public school or special education facility, public out-of-State school, or county ...
|HI||Signed into law 06/2005||P-12||Deadlines for Hearing for Student with a Disability|
Specifies the time period within which a hearing must be requested by a parent or guardian of a child with a disability, or by the department, on matters relating to the identification, evaluation, program or placement of a child with a disability. Provides ex...
|FL||Signed into law 06/2005||P-12||Assistive Technology Advisory Council|
Requires a representative of the department of education to serve on the Assistive Technology Advisory Council. Requires council members to be appointed by the commissioner of education. Requires the council to appoint a public policy and advocacy committee to...
|FL||Signed into law 06/2005||P-12||Personal Care Attendant Program|
Eliminates requirement that for purposes of participating in the personal care attendant program, the department of education determine the applicant eligible for training services. Eliminates requirement that the association, in cooperation with the Division ...
|SC||Signed into law 06/2005||P-12||Generic Teacher Certification|
Joint resolution to approve regulations of the state board of education; The state board promulgated amendments to R 43-243.4, Utilization of Generic Teacher Certification, that will allow persons holding a generic teaching certificate issued by the state depa...
|CO||Vetoed 06/2005||P-12||Supplemental Online Education Courses|
Recognizes the importance of supplemental online education courses, especially to smaller districts and rural schools. States that such courses are eligible to receive funding from the state education fund created in article IX of the state constitution. Requi...
|HI||Signed into law 06/2005||P-12|
Clarifies definitions of "new century charter schools" and "public schools". Requires charter school plans to include a plan for identifying, recruiting, and retaining highly-qualified instructional faculty. Requires a charter school's governance structure to ...
|FL||Signed into law 05/2005||P-12||Assistive Technology Devices and Services|
States the importance of accessibility, utilization, and coordination of appropriate assistive technology devices and services for children and youth with disabilities. To ensure the transaction of assistive technology devices, requires interagency agreements ...
|FL||Signed into law 05/2005||P-12||Medicaid|
Deletes provisions authorizing AHCA to adopt emergency rules governing home & community-based services delivery system; provides Medicaid rate-setting process; revises Medicaid prescribed drug spending control program; directs AHCA to implement, & authorizes i...
|FL||Vetoed 05/2005||P-12||Psychotropic Medication|
Defines term "psychotropic medication." Prohibits a recipient of state funds from requiring student to be prescribed or administered psychotropic medication as condition of receipt of educational services. Requires that, before a student is evaluated for the p...
|MO||DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR 05/2005||P-12||Special education procedures|
To repeal sections 162.955, 162.959, and 162.961, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof three new sections relating to special educational services...
|DE||Rule Adoption 05/2005||P-12||Instructional Program Requirements|
14 DAC 503
Amends regulation concerning Instructional Program Requirements by removing the Functional Life Skills Curriculum to conform to Federal Regulations. Letter from State Council for Persons with Disabilities: http://www2.state.de.us/scpd/datafiles/regltr/8-1405-1...
|IN||Signed into law 05/2005||P-12||Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired|
H.B. 1314 (Section 1-13, 22 ff)
Changes the name of the School for the Blind to the School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Changes the title of "superintendent" to "chief executive officer" at both the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Indiana School for the Dea...
|CO||Signed into law 05/2005||P-12||Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in State Assessment|
Provides that if, as part of a student's individual educational program (IEP), a student attends part-time a school or program away from the school where the student is enrolled, the district in which a student is enrolled may designate either the school of re...
|AZ||Signed into law 05/2005||P-12||Dispute Resolution|
Amends the definition of parent and defines due process hearing, impartial administrative law judge, public education agency and state educational agency.
· Removes the definition of the term exceptional child.
· Removes the requirement for t...
|IN||Signed into law 05/2005||P-12|
|Office of Technology Established|
Creates the office of technology by combining the duties performed by the division of information technology of the department of administration, the information technology oversight commission, and the enhanced data access review committee. Provides that the ...
|AZ||Vetoed 04/2005||P-12||Privacy in Schools|
Bars a teacher, principal, counselor or other district or charter school employee, unless the parent is notified in writing and provides written consent to the disclosure of the information requested, from:
(1) Undertaking or contracting to undertake any behav...
|AZ||Signed into law 04/2005||P-12||Special Education and the AIMS|
States that a student with an individualized education program (IEP) is not required to earn a passing score on a competency test required for high school graduation unless the student is learning at a level appropriate for the student's grade level in a speci...
|AZ||Signed into law 04/2005||P-12||Schools for the Deaf and Blind|
Concerns board of directors for the state school for the deaf and the blind. Requires the governor to appoint one member from the commission for the deaf and the hard of hearing and one member from the governor's council on blindness and visual impairment. In...
|AR||Signed into law 04/2005||P-12|
S.B. 1044 (sections 14-15)
Repeals provision that notation must be made on a student's transcript to indicate each special education class included on the transcript.
Establishes that school day must consist of at least rather than fewer than six hours of instructional time.
|AR||Signed into law 04/2005||P-12||Special Education Provisions|
S.B. 1044 (sections 28-30)
Modifies membership of Advisory Council for the Education of Children with Disabilities from "parents of children with disabilities" to parents of persons from birth to age 26 with disabilities. Includes officials who carry out activities under subtitle B of t...
|KS||Signed into law 04/2005||P-12||School Districts|
H.B. 2331 (multiple provisions)
Incorporates the changes made by the U.S. Congress to the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act into state statutes. The major changes include the following: Allows school districts to spend up to 15 percent of the federal funding they receive on...
|OK||Signed into law 04/2005||P-12||Eligibility for Early Intervention|
Relates to the Oklahoma Early Intervention Act; modifies eligibility for early intervention services; authorizes State Board of Education to modify certain eligibility definitions as required to receive certain federal assistance. http://www2.lsb.state.ok.us/2...
|KS||Became law without governor's signature 04/2005||P-12|
H.B. 2247 (section 6)
Requires every accredited school to teach the subjects and areas of instruction adopted by the state board of education as of January 1, 2005. Requires every accredited high school to also teach the subjects and areas of instruction necessary to meet the gradu...
|KS||Became law without governor's signature 04/2005||P-12||Special Education Funding|
H.B. 2247 (section 10-11)
Creates a new formula for determining each district's special education allocation. Specifies that if the appropriation for special education and related services is insufficient to pay in full the amount of state aid each school district is entitled to receiv...
|HI||Signed into law 04/2005||P-12||Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder|
Authorizes an emergency appropriation ($11, 672, 564) for fiscal year 2004-2005 to pay for increases in costs due to an increase in students identified as having Autism Spectrum Disorder and for increased cost for school-based behavioral health services. http:...
|MT||Signed into law 04/2005||P-12||Special Education Laws|
Revises special education laws. (2) The board of trustees of every school district shall provide or establish and maintain a special education program for each child with a disability who is 6 years of age or older and under 19 years of age.
(3) The bo...
|AZ||Signed into law 04/2005||P-12||Special Education|
Specifies that "child with a disability" does not mean a child who has difficulty in writing, speaking or understanding the English language due to an environmental background in which a language other than English is primarily or exclusively used. Deletes lan...
|AR||Signed into law 04/2005||P-12||Education of Juveniles in Treatment Facilities|
Provides that the department of education, a public school district, or an open-enrollment charter school is not liable for any educational costs or other related costs associated with the placement of a juvenile in an in-state or out-of-state residential or i...
|CO||Vetoed 04/2005||P-12||Special Education Tuition|
Adopts a comprehensive method of allocating the excess costs incurred in educating students with disabilities. Defines "selected special education option" as district other than the child's resident school district that special education student enrolls in, ch...
|MD||(S) THIRD READING PASSED (46-0) 04/2005||Postsec.||Higher Education - Scholarships - Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists|
Authorizing an area of critical shortage to include speech language pathology or audiology services under the Sharon Christa McAuliffe Memorial Teacher Education Award program in the Maryland Higher Education Commission; defining terms; etc
|AR||Signed into law 04/2005||P-12||Medicaid Billing Improvement Act|
Directs department of education to identify school districts underperforming in the area of direct-service Medicaid billing and requires these districts to work with an education service cooperative for the provision of direct-service Medicaid billing services...
|MD||Vetoed 04/2005||P-12||Department of Juvenile Services Educational Programs - Private Residential Rehabilitative Institutions|
Requiring private residential rehabilitative institutions to develop and implement a specified educational program; requiring a specified educational program to be approved by the State Department of Education before the program is implemented; providing for t...
|MD||(S) THIRD READING PASSED WITH AMENDMENTS (44-2) 04/2005||P-12||Department of Juvenile Services Educational Programs - Private Residential Rehabilitative Institutions|
Requiring private residential rehabilitative institutions to develop and implement a specified educational program; requiring a specified educational program to be approved by the State Department of Education before the program is implemented; providing for t...
|AZ||Signed into law 04/2005||P-12||Pupils With Disabilities|
Changes statutory reference from "extended school year program" to "extended school year services" for students with disabilities. Rewrites language pertaining to circumstances under which extended school year services must be provided to such students. Specif...
|CT||Signed into law 04/2005||P-12||Board of Education and Services for the Blind|
Concerns the Board of Education and Services for the Blind monitoring council. Provides additional time for the Board of Education and Services for the Blind monitoring council to complete its mandated report.
|MD||(H) THIRD READING PASSED (137-0) 04/2005||P-12||Pilot Program to Study and Improve Screening Practices for Autism Spectrum Disorders|
Establishing a Pilot Program to Study and Improve Screening Practices for Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Department of Education; requiring the Department of Education, in collaboration with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, to select and establis...
|KY||Signed into law 03/2005||P-12||Habitual Truancy|
Establishes that any student enrolled in a public school who is over 18 but not 21 years of age and who has been absent from school without valid excuse for three or more days, or tardy without valid excuse on three or more days, is a truant. Reduces from thre...
|UT||Signed into law 03/2005||P-12||Carson Smith Special Needs Scholarships|
Creates a program to award scholarships to students with disabilities who attend a private school. Specifies criteria for qualifying for a scholarship; specifies criteria for private schools to enroll scholarship students; specifies the amount, timing, and for...
|ND||Signed into law 03/2005||P-12||Special Education Per Student Payments|
Provides for forwarding of special education per student payments to whichever program is providing the services to the student. The superintendent of public instruction is to forward any per student payments, payable on behalf of that student, directly to the...
|SD||Signed into law 03/2005||P-12||Legal Costs as Allowable Special Education Funds|
Includes legal costs as allowable expenditures from the special education fund. http://legis.state.sd.us/sessions/2005/bills/SB72enr.pdf...
|ND||Signed into law 03/2005||P-12||Homeschooling of Students with Developmental Disabilities|
Allows a parent of a child with a developmental disability to continue to supervise home education (deleted provision that prohibited home education for students with developmental disabilities -- except for those with autism.)
|DE||Rule Adoption 02/2005||P-12||Certification - Supervisor of Special Education|
14 DAC 309
Repeals regulation relating to the Certification for an Administrative Supervisor of Special Education, which is necessary as it is being incorporated into the Director of Special Education regulation as part of the Professional Standards Board's continuing ef...
|DE||Rule Adoption 02/2005||P-12||Certification - Director of Special Education|
14 DAC 307 and 1523, 1.0 - 3.0
Amends regulation applying to the certification of educators as Directors of Special Education. Aligns regulation with statutory changes and requires that a candidate complete an NCATE or NASDTEC approved educator preparation program or an approved alternative...
|WV||Rule Adoption 02/2005||P-12||Education of Exceptional Students|
Title 126, Series 16
Amends rules regarding the education of exceptional students. WEST VIRGINIA REG 4562 (SN)...
|IL||Signed into law 01/2005||P-12||School Code|
Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code to allow a child with a disability who has completed four years of high school to participate in the graduation ceremony and receive a certificate of completion under specified circumstances. Fur...
|LA||Emergency Rule Adoption 01/2005||P-12||Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment|
LAC 50:XV.Chapter 71
Establishes emergency rules to promote Health and welfare of Medicaid recipients and to maintain access to Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment Program (EPSDT) school-based services. Amends reimbursement methodology for services rendered by lo...
|IL||Signed into law 12/2004||P-12||Speech-Language Pathology License|
Amends the School Code. Amends requirements for a speech-language pathologist who provides speech- language pathology services pursuant to a contract. Relates to a valid temporary license under the Illinois Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Practice Act....
|MI||Signed into law 11/2004||P-12||Special Education and ISDs|
Clarifies and limits duration of intermediate school district millages to fund special education and vocational education; relates to the limited use of bonds for special education and vocational education facilities.
|MA||Rule Adoption 11/2004||P-12||School Finance Regulations|
603 CMR 10.00
Amends rules to implement changes in the process used to calculated special education reimbursements under the so called 'circuit breaker' program. States that under the new procedures, district reimbursements will be calculated based on the eligible costs inc...
|AL||Emergency Rule Adoption 11/2004||P-12||Definitions|
Establishes rules allowing special education services staff employed by the Alabama Department of Education or local school system to provide critical special education services to children in licensed child care centers without meeting requirements for child ...
|NJ||Signed into law 10/2004||P-12||School District Scholarship Foundation|
Permits a school district that terminates the operation of a separate school for special education pupils and returns all funds legally uwed to the school districts that sent pupils to the school to use any remaining funds to establish a scholarship foundation...
|CA||Vetoed 09/2004||P-12||Special Education: Visually Impaired Pupils|
Creates the Advisory Task Force for Education of Blind and Visually Impaired Pupils to provide input to formulate the most effective policy for the education of such pupils. Requires the Department of Education to provide outreach and technical assistance to p...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2004||P-12|
|Special Education Students|
A.B. 1858 (multiple provisions)
Prohibits a licensed children's institution and a residential care facility from requiring, as a condition of admission or residency, that a child be identified as an individual with exceptional needs. Requires a local educational agency that has placed an ind...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2004||P-12||Special Education in Private Schools|
A.B. 1858 (multiple provisions)
Require the Superintendent of Public Instruction to conduct an investigation onsite at any time without prior notice when there is substantial reason to believe that there is an immediate danger to the health, safety, or welfare of a child, and to monitor the ...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2004||P-12||Nonpublic Schools Serving Special Education Students|
A.B. 1858 (multiple provisions)
Requires a master contracts with nonpublic, nonsectarian schools for the provision of special education and related services to include that, with respect to a nonpublic, nonsectarian school that is associated with a licensed children's institution, there be a...
|CA||Vetoed 09/2004||P-12||Instructional Materials: Electronic Format|
Requires, with exceptions, a publisher that makes basic instructional materials available to a school district in a hard copy format to also make materials available in an electronic multimedia format upon adoption of such materials after a certain date. Requi...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2004||P-12||Funding for Special Needs Students|
A.B. 2525 (multiple provisions)
In provision that adjusts funding for pupils with exceptional needs based on an incidence multiplier for each special education
local plan area, continues the current special education incidence factor formula through 2004–05. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/bil...
|CA||Vetoed 09/2004||P-12||Autism Resource Center Office|
Establishes within the Department of Developmental Services, an Autism Resource Center office, to serve families by designating a single agency as a central source of information for autism treatment and support services, and other information about autism. Re...
|IA||Adopted 09/2004||P-12||Requirements for Special Education Endorsements|
282 IAC 15.3
Modifies the requirements for the director of special education. Clarifies the authorization to include the 'director of special education of an area education agency'. http://www.legis.state.ia.us/Rules/Current/iac/282iac/28215/28215pp7.pdf...
|IA||Adopted 09/2004||P-12||Requirements for Special Education Endorsements|
282 IAC 15.3
Modifies the requirements of the special education consultant. http://www.legis.state.ia.us/Rules/Current/iac/282iac/28215/28215pp7.pdf...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2004||P-12||Teacher Credentialing: Internship Programs|
Existing law authorizes the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, until January 1, 2008, to issue district intern credentials authorizing
persons employed by any school district to provide classroom instruction to pupils with mild and moderate disabilities in s...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2004||P-12||Special Education: Mental Health Services|
Relates to referral of a pupil suspected of needing mental health services to a community health service by a local education agency, providing mental health services to students with exceptional needs, monitoring of compliance to provide mental health service...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2004||P-12||Early Intervention Services|
Requires the State Department of Education to conduct a study of the current methods of providing special instruction and other services to infants and toddlers who are deaf or hard of hearing and to report to the Legislature. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/bil...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2004||P-12||School Placement for Special Education Students|
Requires the written decision of a state hearing regarding the school placement of individual with exceptional needs to include the reasons for any nonpublic, nonsectarian school placement, the provisions of nonpublic, nonsectarian agency services or the reimb...
|NY||Signed into law 09/2004||P-12||Students With Disability Services|
Requires requests for boards of education to furnish services to students with disabilities enrolled in nonpublic schools to be submitted within certain time periods; provides requests filed with boards of education in all school districts for students with di...
|CA||Signed into law 08/2004||P-12||Pilot Program: Special Education Teacher Preparation|
Requires the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to participate in a pilot program, which may include the San Joaquin County Office of Education and up to 5 school districts or consortia, to provide teacher preparation programs for teachers of pupils with disa...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2004||P-12||Special Education Reimbursement|
Amends the Children With Disabilities Article of the School Code. Provides that reimbursement for individual students with disabilities whose program costs exceed the per capita tuition rate shall be claimed beginning with costs encumbered for the 2004-2005 sc...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2004||P-12||Qualified Teachers|
Provides that if a school district has a shortage of highly qualified teachers, as defined by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, or a shortage of highly qualified teachers in the subject area of mathematics, science, reading, or special education, then the ...
|ME||Rule Adoption 08/2004||P-12||Early Intervention and Special Education for Children|
Establishes rule to allow parents of preschool children with disabilities who are already receiving free appropriate public education (FAPE) services from Child Development Services and who turn five between September 1st and October 15th to choose not to enro...
|MA||Signed into law 07/2004||P-12|
|School Building Assistance Program|
Relates to the School Building Assistance Program; provides for grants, investments, trusts and bonds; creates the School Building Authority; provides for children with disabilities; prohibits racial desegregation; provides for public-private partnerships, cha...
|MS||Rule Adoption 07/2004||P-12||Assessment of Students with Disabilities|
Establishes rules regarding assessment of students with disabilities. Provides that the information contained within the guidelines for testing special populations and any subsequent updates shall apply to all public school personnel who are responsible for th...
|CA||Signed into law 07/2004||P-12||Behavioral Interventions|
Provides that a person recognized by the national Behavior Analyst Certification Board as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst qualifies as a behavioral intervention case manager of a school district, special education local plan area, or county office of educat...
|CA||Signed into law 07/2004||P-12||Special Education|
Makes various revisions generally conforming State law with federal requirements relating to pupil identification, assessment and eligibility, individual education program development, including notice, representation and hearing procedures and requirements, m...
|AL||Emergency Rule Adoption 07/2004||P-12||Individualized Education Program/IEP|
Establishes rules amending language to include the requirements for the Alabama Occupational Diploma. ALABAMA REG 6717 (SN)...
|CA||Signed into law 07/2004||P-12||Teacher Credentialing: Special Education|
Authorizes the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to issue a two-year services credential with a specialization in pupil personnel services, solely for the purpose of providing services to deaf and hearing-impaired pupils as a school social worker. Provides t...
|LA||Signed into law 07/2004||P-12||Medicaid Reimbursement to Schools|
Abolishes the Medicaid School-Based Administrative Claiming Trust Fund and provides for direct reimbursement of monies to public school boards for administrative claims. http://www.legis.state.la.us/leg_docs/04RS/CVT8/OUT/0000LVKU.PDF...
|CA||Signed into law 06/2004||P-12||Special Education: Due Process Hearing|
Provides that the hearing officer may not base a decision solely on nonsubstantive procedural errors in due process hearings, for the resolution of complaints regarding alleged violations of the law relative to special education, unless the officer makes certa...
|LA||Signed into law 06/2004||P-12||Special Education|
Specifies that children with exceptionalities enrolled in state-operated facilities and receiving special education services provided by the special school district shall be enrolled as residents of such facilities, and that eligible children enrolled in state...
|FL||Signed into law 06/2004||P-12||Deaf and Blind School|
Requires the Auditor General to conduct audits of accounts and records of the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind; provides that the school is a component of delivery of public education within Florida's K-20 education system; expands provisions regarding un...
|LA||Signed into law 06/2004||P-12||Special Education Advisory Panel|
Shifts authority for appointing special education advisory panel members from the department of education to the state board. Requires the special education advisory panel to serve the state board rather than the department in an advisory capacity. http://www...
|MT||Rule Adoption 06/2004||P-12||Special Education|
SPECIAL EDUCATION PROFESSIONAL STAFF QUALIFICATIONS (1) Any teacher providing special education and related services to students with disabilities shall hold a current Montana teaching certificate with appropriate endorsements.
(a) A special education te...
|MS||Signed into law 05/2004||P-12||Exceptional Children|
Establishes the following provisions pertaining to reimbursement of costs for students with disabilities placed in private facilities:
Authorizes local districts to utilize all available funds (including federal).
Establishes equitable distribution of exis...
|MD||Vetoed 05/2004||P-12||State School for the Blind|
Requires local education agencies to notify the parents or guardians of blind or visually impaired children, including children with multiple disabilities, of the availability of the educational programs offered by the State School for the Blind.
|MN||To governor 05/2004||P-12||Human Services|
Relates to human services; makes changes to licensing provisions; regulates child protection dispositions; clarifies a mental health case management provision; regulates child care, long- term care and health care; provides for insurance for foster home provid...
|ME||Signed into law 05/2004||P-12||Educational Funding and Property Tax Relief|
The bill provides that by fiscal year 2009-10 the state share of kindergarten to grade 12 education funding, as described by essential programs and services, must be 55%. It also establishes a local cost share expectation for property tax years beginning on o...
|MD||Signed into law 05/2004||P-12||School for the Blind|
Requires local education agencies to notify the parents or guardians of blind or visually impaired children, including children with multiple disabilities, of the availability of the educational programs offered by the Maryland School for the Blind....
|WY||Emergency Rule Adoption 05/2004||P-12||Special Education Staffing and Funding|
Adopts rules pertaining to the requirements for adequate special education staffing levels. Adjusts the foundation program formula for special education funding. WYOMING REG 4487 (SN)...
|ME||Signed into law 05/2004||P-12||Preschool Handicapped Children|
Amends applicable statutes and instructs the Department of Human Services and the Department of Education to amend rules to clarify that a child who is already receiving free, appropriate public education services through the Child Development Services System ...
|MD||Signed into law 04/2004||P-12||Positive Behavioral Interventions|
Requires a county board of education and the Board of School Commissioners of Baltimore City to require elementary schools with a suspension rate over 18% of enrollment to implement a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support Program or an alternative beha...
|MN||Signed into law 04/2004||P-12||Education|
Relates to education; includes a mental health community representative on a community transition team for youth with disabilities.
|LA||Adopted 04/2004||P-12||Implementation of Children with Exceptionalities Act|
LAC 28:XLIII.373, 449, 517, 519, 904
Adopts rules relating to the removal of the declassified Individualized Education Programs (IEP) and related definitions. Clarifies the responsibilities of the local education agencies (LEAs) for students who are no longer eligible as students with disabilitie...
|LA||Adopted 04/2004||P-12||Curricular Design for Exceptional Students|
Repeals rules that address alternate assessment and curricular design for students with disabilities in special schools. Provides consistency with rules governing students with disabilities not attending special schools. ...
|MD||Signed into law 04/2004||P-12||Transitioning Students with Disabilities|
Amends Division of Rehabilitation Services in the Department of Education responsibilities with county boards of education about transition services for students with disabilities; requires rehabilitation counselors to certain schools; provides for an employme...
|VA||Signed into law 04/2004||P-12||Financial and legal responsibility for special|
Relates to financial and legal responsibility for special education students with disabilities placed across jurisdictional lines by social services into private residential facility; relates to special education and foster care services....
|KY||Signed into law 04/2004||P-12||Statute of Limitations on IDEA Violation Administrative Hearings|
Requires that a request for an administrative hearing alleging a violation of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act be commenced within three years after the cause of action accrued. This three-year limit does not apply if the eligible paren...
|MS||Rule Adoption 04/2004||P-12||Special Education Teacher Unit Methodology Revision|
Amends rules concerning a special education teacher unit methodology revision. Incorporates data retrieved electronically through the Mississippi Student Information Systems into the procedure. Changes the focus of the methodology to the amount of services a t...
|ME||Signed into law 04/2004||P-12||Developmental Disability Reporting|
This bill, which implements the recommendations of the Maine Developmental Disabilities Council, amends the reporting requirements for the Department of Human Services, the Department of Behavioral and Developmental Services and the Department of Education rel...
|KY||Signed into law 04/2004||P-12||Children With Disabilities|
Provides that an exemption from compulsory attendance student may be granted to 1) a child certified by specified professionals to have a chronic physical condition that prevents or renders inadvisable attendance at school, and which is unlikely to improve sub...
|AZ||Signed into law 04/2004||P-12||Exempted Child Care Programs in Schools|
Concerns child care programs; concerns programs exempted from certain provisions; includes professional services rendered for mentally or physically impaired students as mandated; includes tutoring to improve school performance. http://www.azleg.state.az.us/Fo...
|RI||Rule Adoption 03/2004||P-12||Special Education Services|
Establishes rules to provide that every youth in the system with a disability is entitled to free appropriate public education. RHODE ISLAND REG 2133 (SN)...
|NY||Signed into law 03/2004||P-12||Electronic Copies of Instructional Materials|
Requires publishers and manufacturers of instructional materials for students to provide electronic copies of such material for use by disabled persons....
|UT||Vetoed 03/2004||P-12||Carson Smith Special Needs Scholarships|
Creates a program to award scholarships to students with disabilities who attend a private school; specifies criteria for qualifying for a scholarship; specifies criteria for private schools to enroll scholarship students; specifies the amount, timing, and for...
|MA||Rule Adoption 03/2004||P-12||Comprehensive Assessment System Performance Appeals|
603 CMR 30.00
Amends rules relating to the Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) performance appeals process, and incorporates provisions regarding student with disabilities. MASSACHUSETTS REG 8280 (SN)...
|WA||Signed into law 03/2004||P-12||Early Intervention for Deaf Children|
Establishes an advisory council on early interventions for children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families....
|NM||Signed into law 03/2004||P-12||Educational Bill of Rights|
Relates to education; enacts the Deaf and Hard-of- Hearing Children's Educational Bill of Rights....
|SD||Signed into law 02/2004||P-12||Electronic Textbook Versions|
Requires certain school book publishers to provide electronic versions of textbooks suitable for conversion into Braille....
|SD||Signed into law 02/2004||P-12||State Special Education Payment|
Revises the per student allocation for each disability level for the purposes of calculating the payment of state aid to special education....
|MO||Rule Adoption 02/2004||P-12||Individuals with Disabilities Education Act|
5 CSR 70-742.140
Establishes the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is eligible to apply for and receive federal funds under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part B for the provision of special education and related services to eligible children an...
|MO||Rule Adoption 02/2004||P-12||Missouri's Services for Infants and Toddlers/Disability|
5 CSR 70-742.141
Establishes rules describing Missouri's services for infants and toddlers with disabilities. MISSOURI REG 14733 (SN)...
|IL||Bill dead - amendatory veto 11/2003||P-12||Special Educational Funding|
Amends the School Code. Relates to provisions concerning the special educational services block grant for a school district having a population exceeding 500,000 inhabitants. Removes the extraordinary and private tuition components of the special education pro...
|IL||Total VEto stands 11/2003||P-12||Children with Disabilities Reimbursement|
Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code. Provides administrative expenses incurred by a responsible school district for children whose residence is other than a foster family home and who are educationally placed in a nonpublic school,...
|IL||Total Veto stands 11/2003||P-12||Special Education|
Provides that if a child who was eligible to receive special education services while in an orphanage, foster family home, children's child or in a state housing unit is adopted and that child continues to receive support services from the Department of Childr...
|AR||Rule Adoption 11/2003||P-12||Identifying special education children|
Establishes rules for identifying private school children with disabilities that are consistent with federal regulations. http://www.sosweb.state.ar.us/elections/elections_pdfs/register/nov-03/005.19.03-006.pdf...
|AR||Rule Adoption 11/2003||P-12||IDEA Mediation/Hearings|
Establishes rules regarding IDEA mediation and hearings; extends time period for filing grievance; complies with findings and decision of Birmingham v. Omaha School District, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit. http://www.sosweb.state.ar.us/elections/electi...
|ND||Rule Adoption 11/2003||P-12||Credential Standards|
Establishes rules regarding credential standards. Addresses an applicant for a special education strategist credential must meet the standards set out in this section. Regards the documentation on each standard must be verified by the department before a speci...
|LA||Emergency Rule Adoption 10/2003||P-12||Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment|
LAC 50:XV.Chapter 81
Establishes emergency rules concerning early and periodic screening, diagnosis and treatment program early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities. LOUISIANA REG 9136 (SN)...
|CA||Vetoed 10/2003||P-12||Special Education: Alternative Dispute Resolution|
Requires the state department of education to establish and administer a statewide program of grant funding to support special education local plan areas in conducting alternative dispute resolution programs for resolving special education disputes. States leg...
|CA||Signed into law 10/2003||P-12||Hiring Preference for Teachers of Deaf Pupils|
Sets forth criteria for hiring an individual as a certificated employee to instruct deaf pupils at the California School for the Deaf. Establishes a hiring preference for individuals who achieve a minimum score on certain qualifying assessments. Provides for t...
|CA||Signed into law 10/2003||P-12||Special Education|
Relates to special education. Prohibits a hearing officer from rendering a decision resulting in the placement or reimbursement for the placement of an individual with exceptional needs in a nonpublic, nonsectarian school or a service or reimbursement for a se...
|CA||Signed into law 10/2003||P-12||Special Education Instructional Materials|
Requires publishers to make basic instructional materials more accessible to pupils with disabilities. Requires publishers to facilitate access to Internet resources and digital programs intended for use by the general population of pupils by pupils with disab...
|CA||Signed into law 10/2003||P-12||Special Education High School Exit Examination|
Requires the superintendent of public instruction to develop a request for a proposal for an independent consultant to assess options and provide recommendations for alternatives to the high school exit examination for pupils with disabilities to be eligible f...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2003||P-12||Special Education: Skilled Nursing Facilities|
Extends the requirement that the superintendent of public instruction appropriate moneys to a school district and county superintendent to fund costs associated with placing a pupil in a nonpublic, nonsectarian school or agency for the purpose of providing spe...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2003||P-12||Expulsions; Graduation Requirements; Special Education|
Revises the review day for expulsions; Provides that if a pupil completes algebra coursework in grades 7 or 8, the pupil is not exempt for the high school graduation requirement for algebra; Revises deadlines for individualized education programs; Includes oth...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2003||P-12||Special Education: Individualized Education|
Requires a school district, special education local plan area, or county office of education to invite to the individualized education program team meetings a representative of the group home in those cases in which a pupil with exceptional needs has been plac...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2003||P-12||Special Education Due Process Rights|
Requires if a public education agency observed the pupil in conducting a special education assessment, or if its assessment procedures make it permissible to have in-class observation of a pupil, an equivalent opportunity applies to an independent education as...
|OR||Signed into law 08/2003||P-12||High Cost Disabilities Account|
Creates High Cost Disabilities Account within State School Fund; directs Department of Education to distribute moneys in account to school districts as reimbursement for cost of providing special education and related services to resident pupils; limits reimbu...
|CT||Signed into law 08/2003||P-12||Special Education Funding and Evaluation or Consent; Regional Education Center Funding|
Concerns the general budget and revenue implementation; makes provisions regarding funding for children requiring special education; amends provisions regarding re-evaluation or withdrawal of consent in special education cases; makes grants to regional educati...
|DE||Signed into law 08/2003||P-12||Students with Traumatic Brain Injury|
Relates to students with traumatic brain injury (TBI); creates a distinct student disability classification of traumatic brain injury for statistical recording of special education students with TBI to conform with federal law.
|CA||Signed into law 08/2003||P-12||Advisory Commission on Special Education|
Existing law requires the state board of education, upon recommendation of the superintendent of public instruction or the members of the state board of education, to appoint five public members to the Advisory Commission on Special Education. This bill would ...
|OH||Signed into law 08/2003||P-12||Promotion Provisions|
H.B. 3 -- Third Grade Reading Guarantee
This section specififes that the following options available to districts under the third grad reading guarantee for students who receive a limited score on the third grade reading achievement test apply to special education students: (1) promotion to 4th grad...
|IL||Signed into law 07/2003||P-12||Autism Diagnosis Education Program|
Amends the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Administration Act to require the Department of Human Services to contract for autism diagnosis education programs for medical practitioners, school personnel, day care providers, parents and community se...
|IL||Signed into law 07/2003||P-12||Children With Disabilities|
Amends the School Code. Makes provisions regarding the State Board of Education's rules to determine the eligibility of children to receive special education. Requires non-discriminatory tests to limited English proficiency students. Defines rules for determin...
|NY||Signed into law 07/2003||P-12||School Bus Attendants Training|
Requires school bus attendants to receive training relating to the special needs of pupils with a handicapping condition; provides that in addition, school bus attendants shall be required to pass a physical performance test....
|NY||Signed into law 07/2003||P-12||Community District Education Council|
Establishes the community district education council within the New York city community school district system; establishes a community council for each community district; establishes a city board on special education. Defines community council as the commun...
|AL||Emergency Rule Adoption 07/2003||P-12||Public Education for Children with Disabilities|
AAC 290-8-9-.10 (8) (9) ER 74
Establishes rules regarding the development and implementation of procedures to ensure children with disabilities are provided with a free appropriate public education. ftp://ftp.alsde.edu/documents/65/AOD_NCLB_July_2003.rtf...
|RI||To governor 07/2003||P-12||Visually Impaired Children|
Creates a special House commission to promote and develop a comprehensive system of education for visually impaired children....
|ME||Rule Adoption 07/2003||P-12||Parental Consent|
Amends conditions for funding approval for Special Education Programs. Provides a school district will no longer be able to override a parent not giving consent for the initial provision of special education and related services. Deletes rules regarding the Ab...
|NH||Signed into law 07/2003||P-12||Special Education Payments and Ages|
Makes certain revisions to the special education laws; revises procedures for disbursement of catastrophic aid payments to school districts; revises definition of educationally disabled child for those 18 to 21 years old, if the child was identified as an educ...
|CT||Signed into law 06/2003||P-12||No Child Left Behind Act|
Requires testing in compliance with the No Child Left Behind Act; states an elementary teaching endorsement is valid for kindergarten to grade 6 and a comprehensive special education teaching endorsement is valid for kindergarten to grade 12; requires the stat...
|MO||Signed into law 06/2003||P-12||Special Education Services|
Provides that special classes, separate schooling, or other removal of children with disabilities from the regular educational environment shall occur only when the nature or severity of the disability of a child is such that education in regular classes with ...
|ME||Signed into law 06/2003||P-12||Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children|
S.P. 193 (LD 553)
Establishes a task force to study the needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing children and adolescents. Establishes membership of task force, appointments to which must be made within 30 days of effective date of this resolve. Requires the task force to examine the...
|ME||Signed into law 06/2003||P-12||Student with Emotional Disability Eligible for Special Education Services|
S.P. 538 (LD 1577) (omnibus bill)
Includes "emotional disability" as disability rendering a student an exceptional student eligible for special education services.
|ME||Signed into law 06/2003||P-12||Education Definitions and Programs|
This bill does the following:
1. It adds "emotional disability" to the definition of "exceptional student" in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A,
2. It adds "undue burden" as a requirement concerning requests for extension of leased space a...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2003||P-12||Special Education Services|
Currently, Texas law requires a full individual and initial evaluation of a student for purposes of special education services to be completed no later than the 60th calendar day following the date on which the referral for evaluation was initiated by school p...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2003||P-12||Special Education Students|
Relating to school districts that place an excessive number of students in certain special education instructional arrangements. Requires the state agency to make and disseminate to each school district a list of those districts that maintain for two successi...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2003||P-12||Students with Dyslexia or a Related Disorder|
Under current law, a school district is entitled to compensatory education funding to provide services to students who are educationally disadvantaged or who are at risk of dropping out of school. However, a school district is prohibited from using compensator...
|NY||Emergency Rule Adoption 06/2003||P-12||Parental Consent for Special Education Services|
NYCRR 8 200.5
Implements regulations by repealing the requirement that a school district initiate an impartial hearing when a parent does not provide consent for the initial provision of special education services. NEW YORK REG 15942 (SN)...
|NY||Adopted 06/2003||P-12||Special Education Space Requirements Plans|
NYCRR Title 8 155.1, 155.2, 155.12, 155.15, 200.2
Amends rules concerning appropriate long-term education space for students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment. NEW YORK REG 15777 (SN)...
|GA||Adopted 06/2003||P-12||Personnel, Facilities, Equipment and Class Size|
Defined guidelines related to the required standard credential for all related service personnel providing educational interpreting for students who are deaf or hard of hearing in local school systems (LSSs) or state-operated school programs (SOPs). Outlines c...
|GA||Adopted 06/2003||P-12||IDEA Procedural Safeguards/Parents' Rights|
Establishes IDEA procedural safeguards and parents' rights. Removes language that allows local school systems to initiate a due process hearing to override a parent's refusal to consent to the initial provision of special education and related services to a ch...
|NV||Signed into law 06/2003||P-12|
|Legislative Committee on Persons with Disabilities|
Establishes the Legislative Committee on Persons with Disabilities; requiring the Department of Human Resources to submit certain reports to the Committee; requires the committee to conduct a study for the purpose of establishing an Interagency Transition Plan...
|CT||Signed into law 06/2003||P-12||Special Education Services|
Acknowledges and address special education needs of children in the juvenile justice system. http://www.cga.state.ct.us/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=6391&which_year=2003&SUBMIT.x=14&SUBMIT.y=13...
|TX||Signed into law 05/2003||P-12||Students Receiving Special Education Services|
H.B. 2823 delegates the responsibility of ensuring compliance with federal transition-related requirements to the commissioner of education. The bill sets out the transition issues that must be considered in the transition portion of a student's individualize...
|ME||Signed into law 05/2003||P-12||Baxter Compensation Program|
S.P. 263 (LP 768)
Concerns the Baxter Compensation Program; addresses confidentiality of claimants and families of victims of abuse at Baxter School for the Deaf; specifies information to be contained in public record; concerns appeal process and new information consideration; ...
|VT||Signed into law 05/2003||P-12||Education Law|
This act assigns duties appropriately carried out by staff and which are currently assigned to a supervisory union board to the superintendent; repeals law relating to calculation of the equalized yield amount which is no longer necessary; updates law relating...
|MD||Signed into law 05/2003||P-12||Maryland School for the Blind|
Requires each county board of education to annually pay to the Maryland School for the Blind an amount equal to the local share of the basic cost to support the cost of instructional programming. Requires every county board to include a student sent to the Ma...
|CO||Signed into law 05/2003||P-12||Juvenile Adjudication Proceedings|
Allows the court to order a student with an individual education program to comply with this program as a condition of probation. The court must take into account the juvenile's intellectual functioning, adaptive behavior and emotional behaviors associated wit...
|MD||Rule Adoption 05/2003||P-12||Provision of a Free Appropriate Public Education|
COMAR 13A.05.01.13 thru .16; 13A.05.02.04, .05, .13; 13A.08.04.01 thru .06
Ensures State Regulations are in conformance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Implements standards for student behavior intervention practices requiring local school systems and certain other institutions that receive certain State ...
|GA||Signed into law 05/2003||P-12||Assessment, Maximum Class size, Instruction, Revenue|
Revises provisions relating to payment of fees for advanced placement tests; revises provision relating to the release of certain test questions; deletes provision that students with alternate assessments shall not count for accountability purposes; changes pr...
|TN||Signed into law 05/2003||P-12||Special Education Caseload and Class Size Standards|
Requires the State Board of Education to submit a preliminary report prior to February 1, 2004, to apprise the Select Oversight
Committee on Education of progress made in implementing the special education caseload and class size standards policy adopted by th...
|TX||Rule Adoption 05/2003||P-12||Basic Education|
37 TAC 91.43
Amends rules concerning basic education. Establishes that the individual case plan developed for each youth address special education or English as a second language as needed. TEXAS REG 85577 (SN)...
|WA||Signed into law 05/2003||P-12||Quality And Availability Of Education|
Ensures the quality and availability of educational interpreters for deaf and hearing impaired students; requires the state board of education to consider options including requiring that all educational interpreters for deaf students and hard of hearing stude...
|CO||Signed into law 05/2003||P-12||School for the Deaf and Blind|
Concerns operations of the Colorado school for the deaf and blind; provides for a school governing board consisting of seven members appointed by the governor with the consent of the senate. http://www.state.co.us/gov_dir/leg_dir/olls/sl2003a/sl_235.htm...
|FL||Signed into law 04/2003||P-12|
|Special Education Students|
Deletes requirement that the high school life management skills course be taken at specific grade levels; requires certain test accommodations and modifications of procedures for students with disabilities; requires award of a standard diploma to a student wit...
|MT||Signed into law 04/2003||P-12||Special Education Definitions|
Eliminates certain special education definitions to conform to the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. http://data.opi.state.mt.us/bills/2003/billhtml/SB0076.htm...
|AR||Signed into law 04/2003||P-12||Filing Grievances|
Extends the period of time for filing grievances under the individuals with disabilities education act from 30 days to 3 years. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/HB2712.pdf...
|NM||Signed into law 04/2003||P-12||Braille Access Act|
Enacts the Braille Act. Requires publishers that print instructional materials for students attending educational institutions to provide, upon request of the educational institution, any printed instructional materials in an electronic format mutually agreed ...
|NM||Signed into law 04/2003||P-12|
|Accessible Electronic Formats|
Relates to education; provides for accessible electronic formats for individuals with disabilities enrolled in distance learning courses of study and using computer-based instructional materials. http://legis.state.nm.us/Sessions/03%20Regular/FinalVersions/hou...
|MT||Signed into law 03/2003||P-12||Deaf and Blind Schools Spending Reductions Barred|
Exempts the Montana school for the deaf and blind from spending reductions. http://data.opi.state.mt.us/bills/2003/billhtml/HB0060.htm...
|MT||Signed into law 03/2003||P-12||Board to Pay If Student with IEP Enrolls at Private, Nonsectarian Day-Treatment Program|
Authorizes a school district to use its tuition fund to pay the costs for a resident student who enrolls in a day-treatment program under an approved individualized education program at a private, nonsectarian school located in or outside of the student's resi...
|TX||Rule Adoption 03/2003||P-12||Multi-problem Children & Youth|
37 TAC 349.69 thru 349.72
Proposes rules concerning Memoranda of Understanding, with regard to coordinated services for multi-problem children and youth and transition planning for students receiving special education services. TEXAS REG 85090 (SN)...
|MS||Signed into law 03/2003||P-12||Appeal of Hearing Officer's Decision|
Relates to special education students. When any public agency directly responsible for the education of children with disabilities initiates or refuses to initiate or change the identification, evaluation, or educational placement of the child or the provision...
|MT||Signed into law 03/2003||P-12||Tracking Sensory Impaired Children|
Requires the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind to establish a system for tracking intervention services received by hearing and visually impaired children from the time of impairment identification through the child's exit from intervention or educational ...
|MT||Signed into law 03/2003||P-12||School for Deaf and Blind Fees|
Changes the fee for services collected from a public school or other responsible agency by the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind from a mandatory fee to an optional fee. http://data.opi.state.mt.us/bills/2003/billhtml/SB0043.htm...
|MT||Signed into law 03/2003||P-12||Montana School for the Deaf and Blind|
Changes the designation of the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind from an independent institution to a state-sponsored special school. http://data.opi.state.mt.us/bills/2003/billhtml/SB0041.htm...
|WY||Signed into law 03/2003||P-12||Assessing Special Education Programs|
Part of this Act (21-2-202) establishes statewide guidelines for education staffing levels, to be used in assessing special education programs and services provided by school districts; requires state superintendent to monitor school district special education...
|ND||Signed into law 03/2003||P-12||Incarcerated Students with Disabilities|
Definition of a student with disabilities includes a student aged 18 through 21 who is incarcerated in an adult correctional facility and who, in the last educational placement prior to incarceration, was identified as being a student with a disability and did...
|KY||Signed into law 03/2003||Postsec.||Postsecondary Education Materials for Disabled|
Requires publishers to provide printed and nonprinted postsecondary instructional materials in an electronic format at no cost to a postsecondary institution or the state repository for alternative format instructional materials for use by students with disabi...
|TX||Adopted 03/2003||P-12||Educational Requirements for Persons Under 22 Years|
40 TAC 19.1934
Amends rules relating to the educational requirements for persons under 22 years of age. Relates to the Memorandum of Understanding concerning interagency coordination of special education services to students with disabilities in residential facilities. TEXAS...
|WY||Signed into law 02/2003||P-12||Education of Children with Disabilities|
Relates to education of children with disabilities; authorizes program attendance beyond school age as specified. http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2003/enroll/sf0091.pdf...
|NY||Emergency Rule Adoption 02/2003||P-12||Individualized Education Programs|
8 NYCRR 200.2, 200.4, 200.16
Establishes emergency rules to ensure the continued compliance of the State and local educational agencies. Requires school districts to establish a policy to provide copies of student's individualized education program (IEP) to teachers and related service pr...
|MT||Signed into law 02/2003||P-12||State or Local Education Employee May Be Surrogate Parent to Disabled Child|
Allows an employee of a State or local education agency that is not providing educational services to a child with a disability, to serve as a surrogate parent for that child, but only whenever the parents or guardian cannot be identified or, after reasonable ...
|KY||Emergency Rule Adoption 01/2003||P-12||Kentucky Early Intervention Program Coverage and Payment|
911 KAR 2:200E
Establishes emergency rules pertaining to coverage and payment for Kentucky Early Intervention Program services. http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/kar/911/002/200E.htm...
|KY||Adopted 01/2003||P-12||Coverage/Payment/Kentucky Early Intervention Program|
911 KAR 2:200
Establishes rules regarding the provisions relating to early intervention services for which payment shall be made on behalf of eligible recipients. http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/kar/911/002/200.htm...
|KY||Emergency Rule Adoption 12/2002||P-12||Early Intervention Program Assessment/Service Planning|
911 KAR 2:130E
Establishes emergency rules pertaining to early intervention program assessment and service planning. http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/kar/911/002/130E.htm...
|MI||Signed into law 12/2002||P-12||Michigan School for the Blind|
Amends the act that provides for the maintenance, management and control of the Michigan School for the Blind. http://www.michiganlegislature.org/documents/2001-2002/publicact/pdf/2002-PA-0702.pdf...
|NY||Emergency Rule Adoption 12/2002||P-12||Individualized Education Program|
Establishes emergency rules ensuring that school districts provide teachers, related service providers and other service providers with a copy of the Individualized Education Program of a student with a disability prior to the implementation of the student's I...
|CA||Vetoed 09/2002||P-12||Special Education Disputes|
Requires the Department of Education to establish and administer a statewide program of grant funding to support special education local plan areas in conducting alternative dispute resolution programs for resolving special education disputes. Requires grant r...
|AK||Rule Adoption 09/2002||P-12||Special Education Due Process Hearings|
4 AAC 52.550
Relates to special education due process hearings. Provides that on request the department will provide a record of the hearing findings or fact and decision at no cost to the parent or to any party. ALASKA REG 2757 (SN) http://old-www.legis.state.ak.us/cgi-bi...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2002||P-12||Prohibits Employee Intimidation|
Prohibits an employee of a school district, county office of education or a special education local plan area from directly or indirectly using or attempting to use his or her official authority or influence for the purpose of intimidating, threatening, or coe...
|CA||Vetoed 09/2002||P-12||Programs that will increase the number of teachers to blind and visually impaired pupil populations|
Requires the Trustees of the California State University to assess the current status of the university's credential programs that prepare teachers to work with the blind and visually impaired pupil population. Expresses the intent to fund programs, including ...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2002||P-12||Formation of a task force to develop standards for the mastery of the braille code by pupils.|
Requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to form an advisory task force, with prescribed membership approved by the State Board of Education, to develop standards for the mastery of the braille code by pupils. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/01-02/bill/...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2002||P-12||Disabled Student Out-of-State Placement|
Requires certain interagency agreements to meet the requirement of federal law to ensure a free and appropriate public education. Requires that any public agency that places a disabled child or a child suspected of being disabled in a facility out of State wit...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2002||P-12||Revises State's Special Education Provisions|
Revises and recasts certain provisions relating to the suspension and expulsion of a pupil with exceptional needs by school districts, county offices of education and special education local plan areas to conform those provisions with the federal Individuals w...
|CT||Signed into law 09/2002||P-12||State Expenditures (various sections)|
H.B. 6004 (Special Session Act No. 02-7)
Amends the provisions concerning the exemptions of limited English proficient special education students from participation in the state mastery testing program (Sec. 5) ...
|NY||Signed into law 08/2002||P-12||Training for Bus Drivers|
Requires school bus attendants to receive training relating to the special needs of pupils with a handicapping condition; provides that bus attendants shall be required to pass a physical performance test....
|FL||Signed into law 08/2002||P-12||Education Code Re-Write: Public School Student Progression, Remedial Services, Reporting Requirements|
Shifts responsibility for establishing rules regarding student report cards from state superintendent to state board. Modifies rules relating to remediation, retention and promotion. Specifically, as stated by legislative summary, "The bill requires retention ...
|NY||Signed into law 08/2002||P-12||IEPs|
Requires that each regular education teacher, special education teacher, assistant, and related service provider responsible for implementing a child's individualized education program be supplied with a copy of such child's individualized education program an...
|MI||Vetoed 07/2002||P-12||Membership of Department's Special Education Advisory Committee|
Revises membership on the Special Education Advisory Committee in the Department of Education....
|IL||Signed into law 07/2002||P-12||Special Education Teachers|
S.B. 1777, H.B. 4466
Requires the State Teacher Certification Board to categorically certify a special education teacher in one or more specialized categories or disability if the special education teacher applies and qualifies for such certification. Includes severe emotional dis...
|TN||Signed into law 07/2002||P-12||Assessing Students With Disabilities|
When a child is referred for assessment or evaluation of a possible disability, such assessment or evaluation must be completed as specified by the state board of education rules and regulations. The time frame from informed written parental consent to the pla...
|CA||To governor 06/2002||P-12||Rules for Special Ed. Students at Charter Schools|
Clarifies that a charter school is allowed to report average daily attendance to accommodate eligible pupils who require extended year services as part of an individualized education plan under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act....
|DE||Signed into law 06/2002||P-12||Special Education Services for Inmates Ages 18-21|
Requires the Department of Education to continue to provide funding for a portion of the education costs associated with prison inmates aged 18 to 21 years who qualify for special education. http://www.legis.state.de.us/LIS/LIS141.NSF/vwLegislation/...
|AK||Adopted 06/2002||P-12||Waivers for Special Education Teachers|
4 AAC 12.025 (a)
Waivers are allowed if districts are (A) recruiting through the University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska Teacher Placement program; or
(B) advertising in one or more newspapers of general circulation; and (3) official transcripts and a letter from an approved tea...
|AZ||Became law without governor's signature 06/2002||P-12||Deficiencies Corrections Deadlines and State Schools for Deaf and Blind|
States that dates by which actions must be completed do not apply to the Arizona state schools for the deaf and the blind. Requires that school facilities board ensure that deficiencies in the facilities for these schools are assessed by December 31, 2002. See...
|AZ||Became law without governor's signature 06/2002||P-12||Duties of School Facilities Board|
Requires that school building inspection carried out by school facilities board every five years ensure compliance wtih routine preventative maintenance guidelines as established in code. Requires school facilities board to randomly select 20 districts every 3...
|MO||Signed into law 06/2002||P-12||Major Bill - Assessment Component|
For students who receive special education services, the state board must, through a teacher panel, determine if appropriate alternate assessments exist or, if not, create such an assessment. When it is determined by the student's individualized education pla...
|MO||Signed into law 06/2002||P-12||Preference to Child's Birth-3 Service Provider|
Requires school districts that provide early childhood special education to give preference to a child's birth to age 3 service provider when making the transition to early childhood special education, unless this would result in a cost which exceeds the avera...
|CO||Signed into law 05/2002||P-12||Eligible Facilities Education Task Force|
Establishes the Eligible Facilities Education Task Force; requires the task force to examine the placement of children in eligible families by public agencies and to develop a funding mechanism and administrative structure that assures the provision of educati...
|MO||Signed into law 05/2002||P-12||Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing|
Changes the name of the Missouri Commission for the Deaf to the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Changes membership requirements to allow two members to be either deaf or hard of hearing, one parent to be of a child who is deaf or hard of ...
|CO||Vetoed 05/2002||P-12||Hearing Aids for Children|
Finds that providing hearing aids to hearing impaired children will improve the language development of such children; declares that providing hearing aids to such children will reduce the costs borne by the state in connection with providing special education...
|DE||Signed into law 05/2002||P-12||Autistic Monitoring Review Board|
Requires the Autistic Monitoring Review Board to review at least annually the education of and provision of related services to students with autism throughout Delaware to ensure best practices are being used and opportunities for continuous improvement are af...
|MD||Signed into law 05/2002||P-12||Equivalent Access to Technology for Students with Disabilities|
Defines "computer-based technology" as computer hardware or software used by teachers and students in the delivery of an instructional program. Requires state superintendent and secretary of business and economic development to ensure that specifications in a...
|AZ||Signed into law 05/2002||P-12||Pilot Cooperative Special Education Program|
Establishes three-year pilot project for cooperative programs for low incidence pupils. Establishes an advisory committee to assist in establishment of the pilot project for cooperative programs for certain groups of pupils with low incidence disabilities. Def...
|FL||Signed into law 05/2002||P-12|
|Education Code Re-Write: John M. McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities|
Requires districts to notify the parent of a disabled student within 10 school days of the parent's application for a John M. McKay Scholarship for Students with Disabilities, if a matrix of services for the student is unavailable. According to legislative dig...
|FL||Signed into law 05/2002||P-12||Education Code Re-Write: Program for Disabled Adults Discontinued|
Eliminates educational program for disabled adults funded in Workforce development education fund. See bil section 236, page 588, line 7 ff: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/data/session/2002E/Senate/bills/billtext/pdf/s0020Eer.pdf...
|FL||Signed into law 05/2002||P-12||Education Code Re-Write: Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind|
Permits collaboration between Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) and local districts and boards. Allows FSDB to carry forward funds in the same way as universities. Permits FSDB district status for purposes of teacher certification. See bill sect...
|FL||Signed into law 05/2002||P-12||Education Code Re-Write: Informing of Parents of Special Education Services|
Requires local superintendent to apprise parents of disabled students of all services available that are appropriate to child's disability. See bill section 151, page 404, line 27 ff: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/data/session/2002E/Senate/bills/billtext/pdf/s002...
|MD||Signed into law 05/2002||P-12||Special Needs Children and the State School-Based Health Center Policy Advisory Council|
Renames State Coordinating Countil for Residential Placement of Handicapped Children as State Coordinating Council for Children. Adds Maryland School-Based Health Care Center Policy Advisory Council; State Council on Child Abuse and Neglect; and State Commiss...
|MD||Signed into law 05/2002||P-12||Finance Overhaul|
Requires that county board financial audit results be reported to state superintendent, county fiscal authority, and specified house and senate committees. Requries Management Oversight Panel to monitor implementation of audits' recommendations and coordinatio...
|MD||Signed into law 05/2002||P-12||Placement in Nonpublic Setting and Provision of Wraparound Services|
Defines "wraparound services." States that child in need of special education may be placed in appropriate nonpublic educational setting if state or local agency can document that child cannot attend a public school in the local system due to home circumstance...
|MO||Signed into law 05/2002||P-12||Provision of Special Education Services|
Specifies that appeal of special education identification, evaluation, placement or provision case where review of the hearing panel's decision is sought by the district or parent must be heard without a jury and that the inquiry may extend to a determination ...
|LA||Signed into law 04/2002||P-12||Definition of "Resident" for Exceptional Child|
Provides relative to the definition of resident as it applies to a child with an exceptionality. http://www.legis.state.la.us/leg_docs/021ES/CVT8/OUT/0000JJ2D.PDF...
|LA||Signed into law 04/2002||P-12||Special Education Hearings and Appeals|
Specifies procedures for hearings and appeals regarding the provision of special education and related services to children with exceptionalities. http://www.legis.state.la.us/leg_docs/021ES/CVT7/OUT/0000JJ2C.PDF...
|AL||Signed into law 04/2002||P-12||Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services|
Appropriates a certain amount from the Education Trust Fund, Impaired Drivers Trust Fund and Federal and Local Funds to the Department of Rehabilitation Services. http://alisdb.legislature.state.al.us/acas/searchableinstruments/2002rs/bills/hb154.htm http://ww...
|FL||Signed into law 04/2002||P-12||Services to Persons with Disabilities|
Relates to vocational rehabilitation programs for persons with disabilities; requires the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to develop a plan relating to general vocational rehabilitation programs; provides requirements for the plan; renames the Rehabilita...
|KY||Signed into law 04/2002||P-12||Textbooks for Visually Impaired Students|
States intent to ensure to the degree feasible that all students with reading accommodations have textbooks and instructional materials in accessible formats; requires the Department of Education to give preferential procurement status to textbook and instruct...
|WI||Signed into law 04/2002||P-12||School for the Deaf|
Changes the name of the Wisconsin School for the Deaf to the Wisconsin Educational Services Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing; specifies the duties of the Program; creates a deaf and hard of hearing council; requires the Legislative Audit Bureau to cond...
|AL||Signed into law 04/2002||P-12||Special Education Program Funds|
Appropriates a certain amount from the Education Trust Fund to the State Board of Education for the support and maintenance of special programs, schools, and services for special education; provides that the appropriation is subject to certain provisions of th...
|NH||Signed into law 04/2002||P-12||Home District Pays for Special Education Out-Placement|
Relates to liability for educational expenses incurred during placement of any resident or patient, who is capable of being benefited by instruction and who is between 3 and 21 years of age, in certain Department of Health and Human Services facilities; provid...
|UT||Signed into law 04/2002||P-12||Upper Age for Services|
Modifies provisions regarding Public Education for students with disabilities by indicating that the education services are available to the end of the school semester during which the students turn 22, if the student has not graduated from high school with a ...
|IN||Signed into law 03/2002||P-12|
|Interagency Task Force|
Requires the Director of the Division of Special Education to coordinate an interagency task force to review services and funding sources available for children and young adults with disabilities and their families....
|UT||Signed into law 03/2002||P-12||Elimination of Certain Requirements|
Eliminates certain requirements pertaining to the preparation and implementation of student education plans and student education/occupation plans....
|WA||Signed into law 03/2002||P-12||Medication or Treatment Orders|
Requires a medication or treatment order as a condition for children with life-threatening conditions to attend public schools; defines medication or treatment order as the authority a registered nurse obtains; defines life threatening condition as a health co...
|ID||Signed into law 03/2002||P-12||Special education services for correctional facility inmates|
SPECIAL EDUCATION-Amends existing law to revise eligibility requirements for special education services provided to adult correctional facility inmates who are between eighteen and twenty-one years of age....
|MN||Filed with Secretary of State. Chapter No. 03/2002||P-12||Revenue Allocation and Medical Coverage for Special Education Students|
Relates to human services; modifies consent requirements for billing medical assistance and Minnesota Care for covered individual education plan services; modifies individualized family service plan definition; modifies certain mediation procedures; modifies r...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2002||P-12||Medicaid for Special Education Students|
Requires the Department of Medical Assistance Services to reimburse school divisions providing health-related services to special education students as participating providers in the Virginia Medicaid program for transportation services, on those days when the...
|NY||Signed into law 10/2001||P-12||Alternative Formats for Instructional Materials|
Requires every school district and board of cooperative educational services to develop a plan to ensure that all instructional materials to be used in the schools of the district are available in a usable alternative format for every disabled student; defines...
|CA||Signed into law 10/2001||P-12||Use of a braille instructional aide|
Chapter No.736, Authorizes a school district, special education local plan area or county office of education to reinforce braille instruction using a braille instructional aide who meets certain criteria, under specific supervision. Deletes the provision that...
|CA||Signed into law 08/2001||P-12||Reimbursement to Public Employees|
Chapter No.215. Deletes the prohibition against reimbursement by the State for special education and related services provided by a nonpublic, nonsectarian school by an individual who is or was an employee of a contracting local educational entity within the ...
|NJ||Signed into law 07/2001||P-12||Joint Services|
Permits jointure commissions to provide services to school districts including, education of disabled pupils; states when 2 or more boards of education determine to carry out jointly the duties imposed upon them in regard to education and training of disabled ...
|OR||Signed into law 07/2001||P-12||Special Education Finance Task Force|
Establishes a task force on special education and school finance; charges said task force with studying and delivery of financing of instruction for students with disabilities receiving special education and related services....
|IL||Signed into law 06/2001||P-12||Assisting in completing a functional behavioral assessment,|
Amends the School Code; provides that school social work services may include assisting in completing a functional behavioral assessment, as well as assisting in the development of positive behavioral intervention strategies; provides that other certified prof...
|TN||Signed into law 06/2001||P-12||Age groupings, Case Loads|
Limits age ranges of instructional groups to range to a maximum of 36 months for special education purposes; requires state board of education to set class size standards and case load standards for instructional personnel; severity of disability is to be a we...
|NJ||Signed into law 06/2001||P-12||State Funds for Special Education|
Provides that State funds to provide special education and related services to students enrolled in nonpublic schools may not be included by a school district in the calculation of the minimum funding requirements for nonpublic school students under the Indivi...
|TN||Became law without governor's signature 06/2001||P-12||Full Federal Funding Resolution|
Relates to Congress; urges fully funding federal commitment to Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)....
|TN||Signed into law 05/2001||P-12||Full Funding for Special Education|
Urges the President and the United states Congress to increase federal funds for special education to the share level authorized by the Individual with Disabilities Act....
|LA||Signed into law 05/2001||P-12||Hearings and Appeals for Special Education Students|
Provides procedural safeguards with respect to children with exceptionalities; to provide relative to procedures for hearings and appeals regarding the provision of special education and related services to such children; to provide certain time limitations fo...
|TX||Became law without governor's signature 05/2001||P-12||Restraint and Time Out|
Requires the commissioner to adopt procedures for the use of restraint and time-out by a school district employee or volunteer or an independent contractor of a district in the case of a student receiving special education services. Prohibits putting students...
|TX||Signed into law 05/2001||P-12||Discipline of Special Education Students|
Any disciplinary action regarding a student with disabilities that would constitute a change in placement under federal law may only occur after a manifestation determination review has been conducted by the student's admission, review, and dismissal committe...
|HI||Signed into law 05/2001||P-12|
Appropriates $ 27,931,118 to the Department of Education as an emergency appropriation for special education costs as a result of the Felix consent decree. This was a result of the Felix v. Cayetano case....
|HI||Signed into law 05/2001||P-12||Teach blindness skills to individuals 55 and older|
Makes an appropriation for teachers to teach blindness skills to individuals 55 and older with severe visual impairment or blindness....
|FL||Signed into law 05/2001||Postsec.||John M. McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program|
2001-82., Creates the John M. McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program; provides for eligibility; establishes obligations of school districts and the Department of Education; establishes criteria for private school eligibility; establishes obl...
|KY||Signed into law 05/2001||P-12||Suspension of Special Education Students|
Relates to exceptional children and youth; clarifies a change in educational placement occurs if, due to a suspension, an exceptional child is removed for more than 10 consecutive days during a school year or the child is subjected to a series of removals that...
|ME||Signed into law 05/2001||P-12||Review of Regulations Related to Student Restraints|
Resolve No. 9., (LD 22) Provides for legislative review of the regulations of the Department of Education governing timeout rooms, therapeutic restraints and aversives in public schools and approved private schools....
|MS||Signed into law 05/2001||P-12||Special Education Requirements|
Relates to the education of exceptional children; defines certain terms relating to the education of such children; requires the state to provide full educational opportunities to all children with disabilities from birth to 21 years of age by the year 2005; r...
|MS||Signed into law 05/2001||P-12||Occupational Diplomas for Special Education Students|
Authorizes the State Board of Education to develop and issue criteria for an occupational diploma for students with disabilities....
|NE||Signed into law 05/2001||P-12||Special Education Funding Component|
Section 37 of LB 797 allows Class I school districts to amend the general fund budget of expenditures after October 15th of each year for special education expenditures, special grant funds received or for current fiscal year expenditures that board deems esse...
|TX||Signed into law 05/2001||P-12||Professional Development|
From bill analysis: The number of special education students included in the mainstream classroom has steadily increased over the last twenty-five years. Many teachers in the regular classroom have at least one special education student in their classes, yet ...
|VT||Signed into law 05/2001||P-12||Special Education Services Cost Sharing|
Relates to special education services cost sharing; states the Commissioner of Education and the Secretary of Human Services shall present to the House and Senate committees on education and health and welfare a draft of an agreement to shift a portion of spec...
|ND||Signed into law 04/2001||P-12||Standards for Teachers, Administrators|
Relates to elementary and secondary education provisions addressed in the creation of North Dakota Century Code; relates to administration, boards, teacher licenses; school guidance and counseling services; special education; vocational and technology educatio...
|ND||Signed into law 04/2001||P-12||Definition of Disability|
"Student with disabilities" means an individual who is at least three years of age but who
has not reached the age of twenty-one before September first of the year in which the
individual turns twenty-one and who because of mental, physical, emotional, or lear...
|MD||Signed into law 04/2001||P-12||Reimbursement to Parent for Special Education Services|
Alters the conditions under which a county board is not required to reimburse a parent or guardian for certain tuition or related costs for enrollment of a student with a disability in a nonpublic school; requires the parent of a child with a disability to giv...
|MN||Signed into law 04/2001||P-12||Related to Federal Government Funding of 40 Percent of Special Education|
, Memorializes the President and Congress to carry through their pledge to fund 40 percent of special education costs....
|MT||Signed into law 04/2001||P-12||Revision of Base Aid To Include Percentage of Special Education Allowance|
Amends the definition of base aid to include a percentage of the special education allowable cost payment; amends definition of maximum general fund budget to increase the special education allowable cost payment component....
|NM||Vetoed 04/2001||P-12||Medicaid in Schools|
Senate Bill 432 amends the Public School Code as follows: Creates an Office of Medicaid in the Schools in the state department. Creates a Medicaid in the Schools Advisory Council. Transfers Personnel, budgets funds, appropriations, records, contracts, equip...
|OR||Signed into law 04/2001||P-12||Billing related to special education services|
Directs the Department of Education to bill resident school district for children who receive certain special education services....
|AZ||Signed into law 03/2001||P-12||Special Ed. Students Rights|
Relates to special education; permits adult disabled pupils to execute a delegation of rights regarding their education....
|AR||Signed into law 03/2001||P-12||Braille Materials Available to Students|
Provides instructional materials to disabled students in a format that is compatible with commonly used braille translation and speech synthesis software....
|MT||Signed into law 03/2001||P-12||Fixed Limits for Special Education Funding|
Revises the special education funding formula to establish fixed limits for distribution of the state's total special education allocation; limiting distribution of the total allocation to 52.5 percent for instructional block grants, 25 percent for reimburseme...
|OR||Signed into law 03/2001||P-12||Special Education Costs|
Directs Department of Education to recover costs of certain special education programs from State School Fund....
|SD||Signed into law 03/2001||P-12||Extraordinary Cost Fund|
Expands the uses of the Special Education Extraordinary Cost Fund....
|SD||Signed into law 02/2001||P-12||Residency for Special Education Services|
Revises school district residency for the purposes of special education; revises the distribution of state aid to special education....
|VA||Signed into law 02/2001||P-12||Parent Rights Concerning Special Education|
Relates to publication of procedure for changing special education placements. Directs the Board of Education to publicize and disseminate, to parents of students who are enrolled in special education programs or for whom a special education placement has been...
|WY||Signed into law 02/2001||P-12||Preschoolers with Disabilities|
Relates to preschool education for children with disabilities; modifies the distribution of federal funds available to the state for preschool special education programs as specified....
|NY||Vetoed 12/2000||P-12||Instructional Materials in Alternative Formats|
Develops a plan to ensure that every student in a school district with a disability who needs instructional materials in alternative formats receives such materials at the same time that the materials are available in regular format to non-disabled students....
|CA||Vetoed 09/2000||P-12||Assessment of Special Education Students|
Requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to develop, and the State Board of Education to adopt, performance goals for individuals with exceptional needs; requires individuals with exceptional needs to be included in general statewide and districtwide ...
|CA||Vetoed 09/2000||P-12||Developmentally Disabled Students and Policymaking.|
Requires the organization of Area Boards establish the Partners in Policymaking Program by July 15, 2001. The purpose of the program would be to provide information, resources, training, and education on the policymaking process to persons with developmental d...
|Braille Reading Material|
Requires instruction in braille to be provided to each pupil who is functionally blind unless the individualized education program team determines that braille instruction is not appropriate based upon the assessments....
|CA||Signed into law 09/2000||P-12||Counseling for Deaf and Hearing-Impaired|
Makes existing provisions which require the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to issue a 2-year services credential with a specialization in pupil personnel services applicable to a prelingual deaf person with a 2-year services credential with a specializati...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2000||P-12||Special Education and Due Process Hearings|
Relates to Special Education. Requires, subject to an appropriation for those purposes in the annual Budget Act or any other measures, the State Department of Education to select and allocate funds to 3 special education local plans areas to implement a 3 year...
|NY||Signed into law 08/2000||P-12||Curriculum Materials Made Available|
Makes available to all elementary schools in the state suitable curriculum materials to aid in the instruction of pupils in the understanding and acceptance of children with disabilities....
|CA||Signed into law 08/2000||P-12||Updating Regulations for Special Education Students|
Requires the State Department of Education to review and make recommendations to the state board regarding any needed updates to regulations concerning the assistance of individuals with exceptional needs by qualified health and school personnel on or before J...
|NY||Signed into law 08/2000||P-12||Services to Visually Impaired|
Makes provision with respect to providing appropriate educational services to students who are visually impaired including using instructional materials in literary and non-literary subjects such as computer science and mathematics which have been translated t...
|AZ||Approved by voters 07/2000||P-12||Disabled Students|
PROPOSITION 101 (HCR 2004) Revises the textual terminology in the State Constitution of Arizona, relating to voter qualification/disqualification; voting residency of federal employees and others; property tax exemption for the disabled; public school educatio...
|CA||Signed into law 07/2000||P-12|
Chapter No. 67; Authorizes foster family agencies, with jurisdiction over currently enrolled or former pupils, to access records of grades and transcripts, and individualized education plans maintained by school districts or private schools of those pupils....
|CA||Signed into law 07/2000||P-12||Charter Schools dealing with Special Ed. Students|
Chapter No. 88; Prohibits the denial of a petition for the establishment of a charter school based on the actual or potential costs of serving individuals with exceptional needs. Clarifies that this prohibition shall not be construed to prevent a school distri...
|RI||Became law without GOVERNOR'S signature 07/2000||Postsec.||transition of students with disabilities|
Amends the composition of the Transition Council by adding a representative from one of the regional education collaboratives.Transition from school to self-sufficient adulthood for students with disabilities...
|RI||Became law without GOVERNOR'S signature 07/2000||P-12|
|Transition Council Membership|
Relates to education; pertains to children with disabilities; amends the composition of the Transition Council by adding a representative from one of the regional education collaboratives....
|NY||Signed into law 06/2000||P-12||Payments to Medical Centers for Serving Preschool Students with Handicaps|
Authorizes medical assistance payments to certain clinics or diagnostic and treatment centers for services they render to preschool children with disabilities....
|TN||Signed into law 06/2000||P-12||Assessing Students with Disabilities|
Urges Department of Education to modify and revise portfolio assessment piloted for evaluating students with disabilities who do not participate in statewide assessment....
|HI||Vetoed 06/2000||P-12||Creates Autism Center|
Establishes the Hawaii Autism Center of Excellence within the University of Hawaii....
|IL||Signed into law 06/2000||P-12||Changes in Special Education|
Public Act No. 91-784., Provides that the provision (Article of the School Code) requiring the assignment of a surrogate parent for educational matters does not apply to a child who resides with a foster parent; allows the surrogate parent to be assigned for e...
|FL||Signed into law 06/2000||P-12||Blind Babies Program|
, Relates to children; creates a Blind Babies Program; provides for early-intervention education for certain children who are blind or visually impaired and for their parents, families, and caregivers....
|IL||Passed 06/2000||P-12||Certification of Special Education Teachers|
Directs the state board to refrain from implementing any new system for the certification of special education teachers until January 1, 2001....
|MI||Signed into law 05/2000||P-12||Visually Impaired Pupils|
Public Act 129, Relates to special education; regards visually impaired pupils; provides for braille literacy provisions for visually impaired pupils; names section as "Blind Pupil's Braille Literacy Law"; provides definitions....
|CO||Signed into law 05/2000||P-12||State Funding for Special Education|
Provides that state funding of special education programs for children with disabilities be increased so that, by the 2005-06 fiscal year, the state will be funding not less than 80% of the total cost of providing such programs statewide. Makes legislative fin...
|CT||Signed into law 05/2000||P-12||Surrogate Parents|
Expands responsibilities of surrogate parents appointed by Education Commissioner to represent children who may require special education in the absence of their real parents; monitors success; requires local school boards to notify said parents of discipline ...
|WI||Signed into law 05/2000||P-12||Eligible Ages for Special Education|
Relates to the eligible ages for special education; provides that an individual with a disability must be between the ages of three and 21 years of age to be eligible for free appropriate public education....
|WI||Signed into law 05/2000||P-12||Modifies Definition of Parent|
Parent" means any of the following: biological parent; husband who has consented to the artificial insemination of his wife; male who is presumed to be the child's father under section 891.41; male who has been adjudicated as the child's father by final order ...
|CT||Signed into law 05/2000||P-12||Establishes Braille Literacy Advisory Council|
Establishes a Braille Literacy Advisory Council to review braille literacy and assess availability of services to school children, collect data on frequency with which an individualized education plan contains a recommendation or determination that an impaired...
|ME||Signed into law 05/2000||P-12||Modification of Oversight of School for the Deaf|
Public Law No. 775, (LD 2690); Changes the governance system and the educational programs of the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf; amends the structure of the school board; relates to funding the programs authorized by the school; permits the school board g...
|MN||Signed by governor 05/2000||P-12|
Creates an exception to a provision in MS 125A.15 which generally makes the nonresident district in which the child is placed responsible for providing an appropriate education and necessary transportation to a disabled child who is temporarily placed in a res...
|MN||Signed by governor 05/2000||P-12||Special Education Excess Cost Aid|
Decreases a district's threshold to qualify for excess cost aid from 4.4 percent to 4.36 percent of general education revenue, beginning in FY 2001. Increase the appropriation for excess cost aid from $60,498,000 to $66,032,000 in fiscal year 2000 and from $79...
|VT||Signed into law 05/2000||P-12||Special Education|
Clarifies the definition of special education services; permits the cost of special education services to be a factor in considering how to provide appropriate services; provides for teacher training; provides for individual education plans; provides for state...
|ME||Signed into law 04/2000||P-12||Legal Action|
(LD 1620)Allows any person who was a student at the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf between 1974 and 1998 to bring an action against the school notwithstanding any provision of the law limiting the time period for which an action may be commenced or concer...
|MD||Signed into law 04/2000||P-12||Advisory Council on ADHD|
Establishes an Advisory Council on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; provides for the membership, chairman, and staff of the advisory council; requires the advisory council to study and take specified actions regarding attention deficit hyperactivity d...
|LA||Signed into law 04/2000||P-12||Assistive Techology|
Specifies that local educational agencies are not responsible for replacing or repairing lost, stolen, or misused assistive technology devices provided to children with disabilities or their parents or guardians....
|ME||Signed into law 04/2000||P-12||Emotional Disability|
Public Law No. 721., (LD 2593)Extends the use of emotional disability as an identifying factor in the identification of exceptional children; directs the Department of Education to study the impact of the use of emotional and behavioral indicators and the like...
Changes provisions relating to budgets, beginner grade entrance document requirements, the enrollment option program, reorganization plan hearings, report filing dates, warrants, expenditure limitations, state aid, temporary mitigation funds, the Hardship Fund...
|NH||Signed into law 04/2000||P-12||Education for the Deaf|
Establishes a commission on the education of the deaf to study issues related to the status of education and support services for the deaf in the State; establishes a sunset date for the commission....
|AZ||Signed into law 04/2000||P-12||Special Education Changes|
Relates to special education; makes numerous changes to the statutes relating to special education; defines the term foster parent; modifies various terms; lowers the age of a child with a disability; removes the definition of handicapped child and replaces it...
|MS||Signed into law 04/2000||P-12||Recognition for Full Inclusion|
Direct the State Department of Education to provide an annual recognition program for schools for providing full inclusion of children with disabilities in all aspects of academic and extracurricular activities....
|NE||Signed into law 04/2000||P-12||Special Education Finance|
This bill clarifies several aspects of how students, spacificly Special Ed. students, are to be treated in the state. It clarifies that special ed. students are "children from birth to the age twenty-one years". The bill also clarifies that schools are requi...
|IL||Adopted 03/2000||P-12||New Special Education Teacher Certification Rules|
Beginning January 1, 2003 the state of Illinois will have a new system for certifying Special Education teachers. Teachers will have to be certified as a Learning and Behavior Specialist I (entry level) or Learning and Behavior Specialist II (advanced study a...
|GA||Signed into law 03/2000||P-12||Special Education, Alternative Education|
Relates to elementary and secondary education; changes certain provisions regarding special instructional assistance programs for students with developmental deficiencies; provides for the application of mandatory education requirements to children between age...
|SD||Signed into law 03/2000||P-12||Special Education|
The legislation deals with the transfer of a special education student from a resident district to a nonresident district. Under previous law the resident district was held responsible for the students education, under the new law the nonresident district bec...
|GA||Signed into law 03/2000||P-12||Omnibus Bill - Special Eduation Class Size Component|
The new class sizes are funded as follows:
Category I Special Education - 1:8
Category II Special Education - 1:6.5
Category III Special Education - 1:5
Category IV Special Education - 1:3
Category V Special Education - 1:8...
|GA||Signed into law 03/2000||P-12||Omnibus Bill - Early Intervention and Special Education Students|
There is created an Early Intervention Program in kindergarten and a Primary Grades Early Intervention Program in grades 1-3. These programs are for students performing below grade level. Special education students are eligible for this program, but may only b...
|MD||Signed into law 03/2000||P-12||Ages Eligible for Special Education|
Extends the time through which a child is eligible for special education and related services to the end of the school year in which the child turns 21 years of age; requires special education and related services regulations of the State Board of Education to...
|SD||Signed into law 03/2000||P-12||Special Education Funding|
Allows certain children to be included as a level 2, 3, 4, or 5 disability for the purpose of calculating special education state aid....
|UT||Signed into law 03/2000||P-12||Assistive Technology Purchases|
Relates to individuals with disabilities; provides a specified appropriation to the State Office of Rehabilitation to purchase assistive technology devices and services under rules made by the State Board of Education....
|UT||Signed into law 03/2000||P-12||Special Education|
Relates to public schools; modifies special education definitions and rules to be adopted by the State Board of Education; modifies provisions regarding participation of students with a disability in extracurricular activities; modifies the process by which di...
|KY||Signed into law 02/2000||P-12||Early Childhood Special Education|
Relates to the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; provides that rights for infants, toddlers, and parents served by the State Early Intervention System are mandated by participation in Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act...