Do You Know the Difference Between IEPS and 504 Plans?

Individualized Education Programs (IEPS) and 504 Plans both offer assistance to students in grades K-12 who have learning, behavior, and attention issues and deficits. Below is a link from Understood.org that contains an informative chart that highlights some key differences between IEPs and 504 Plans including key differences in what each does, who is eligible, what law applies, parental involvement, etc. For more information on the key differences between IEPs and 504 Plans click the link below: https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/special-services/504-plan/the-difference-between-ieps-and-504-plans?utm_source=fbshare&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=share

U.S. Department of Education to Return to Texas

The U.S. Department of Education plans to return to Texas the week of February 27 to conduct site visits in selected districts in continuation of their investigation of  the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) established 8.5 percent “benchmark” for special education enrollments. The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) will also examine documents from a sample district to familiarize themselves with specific State, district, and school procedures and practices. Then OSERS will request documents from all districts selected for the site visits. Finally, OSERS will conduct interviews with TEA staff to review TEA’S oversight of special education programs, particularly issues regarding referrals, child find, and evaluations of students suspected of having a disability. To read the complete article about the U.S. Department of Education’s upcoming visit please click the following link:  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/article/Feds-plan-to-devote-more-resources-to-10869700.php?t=649c078a89438d9cbb&cmpid=twitter-premium#photo-10907181

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Website Goes Dark

A day after controversial new secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, was sworn in the federal website focused on Special Education went down. However, officials said the issue should be no cause for alarm. The U.S. Department of Education’s website about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) returned an error late Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.  Agency officials said the issue is nothing more than a technical glitch that is being addressed. See article below for complete story on the IDEA website going dark. https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2017/02/08/federal-special-ed-website-dark/23295/ The IDEA website, http://idea.ed.gov/, is now being redirected to https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep/osep-idea.html