Friday, April 24, 2009

Interested in Nationwide law changes

Since I am in WA, I am interested in information for changes in laws nationwide. Thank you for putting this blog together. If Andrew comes back to Washington state to a conference, I am interested in where he will be appearing as well.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Reminder: Proposed Part 200 Amendments

On April 8, 2009, the latest proposed amendments to the New York State Education Department's Part 200 regulations were published in the NYS Register, and are also available on-line, as is the public hearing announcement.

The deadline for receipt of written comments is May 26, 2009; written comments may be submitted to: VESID, Special Education Policy, Room 1624, One Commerce Plaza, Albany, New York 12234, Attention: Public Comment - Proposed Amendment. Comments may also be faxed to 518-473-5387 or emailed to

Public hearings will be held in Binghamton (April 27th), Albany (May 11th), and New York City (May 12th). Further details are provided in the public hearing announcement linked above.

New York SRO Upholds Reimbursement Award

In a recent decision, SRO Appeal No. 09-017, New York state review officer Paul F. Kelly upheld an impartial hearing officer's award of tuition at the Kildonan School for the 2008/09 school year. The school district conceded that it had denied the child a free appropriate public education, but contested the appropriateness of Kildonan for this dyslexic child, arguing, among other things, that Kildonan's five-day residential program was overly restrictive. The SRO agreed with the IHO that the lack of an available day program for the student weighed in favor of finding Kildonan to provide an appropriate program in the least restrictive environment.

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