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      OUR CHILDREN LEFT BEHIND
       
      [Federal Register: December 29, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 249)]
      [Proposed Rules]               
      [Page 77968-77969]
      From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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      DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
      
      34 CFR Parts 300 and 303
      
       
      Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, as Amended by the 
      Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004
      
      AGENCY: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, 
      Department of Education.
      
      ACTION: Notice of request for comments and recommendations on 
      regulatory issues under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 
      (IDEA), as amended by the Individuals with Disabilities Education 
      Improvement Act of 2004.
      
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      SUMMARY: The Secretary of Education solicits comments and 
      recommendations from the public prior to developing and publishing 
      proposed regulations under 34 CFR parts 300 and 303 to implement 
      programs under the recently amended IDEA. The Secretary also announces 
      plans to hold informal public meetings to seek further input about 
      those regulations in light of the statutory amendments.
      
      DATES: In order to be assured of consideration as we develop proposed 
      regulations, comments and recommendations should be received on or 
      before February 28, 2005.
      
      ADDRESSES: Address all comments and recommendations to: Office of 
      Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of 
      Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Potomac Center Plaza, room 5126, 
      Washington, DC 20202-2641. If you prefer to send your comments through 
      the Internet, you may address them to us at the U.S. Government Web 
      site: http://www.regulations.gov.
          Or you may send your Internet comments to us at the following 
      address: comments@....
         You must include the term "Comments on IDEA-2004" in the subject 
      line of your electronic message. (Note that the term in the preceding 
      sentence means comments submitted in response to changes made to the 
      IDEA by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 
      2004.)
          Please submit your comments only one time, in order to ensure that 
      we do not receive duplicate copies.
      FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Troy R. Justesen. Telephone: (202) 
      245-7468.
          If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may 
      call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
          Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an alternative
      
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      format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) by 
      contacting the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.
      
      SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
      
      Background
      
          On December 3, 2004, the President signed into law Pub. L. 108-446, 
      118 Stat. 2647, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement 
      Act of 2004, amending the IDEA. Copies of the new law may be obtained 
      at the following Web site: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/plaws/index.html.
      
          Enactment of the new law provides an opportunity to consider 
      improvements in the regulations implementing the IDEA in 34 CFR parts 
      300 and 303 that would strengthen the Federal effort to ensure the 
      provision of early intervention services to infants and toddlers with 
      disabilities and their families and ensure every child with a 
      disability has available a free appropriate public education that: (1) 
      Is of high quality, and (2) is designed to achieve the high standards 
      reflected in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
      
      Invitation To Comment
      
          We invite you to submit comments and recommendations regarding 
      changes to 34 CFR parts 300 and 303 that you believe are needed, 
      particularly to clarify a provision in the new law or to facilitate its 
      implementation. We encourage you to make your comments as specific as 
      possible regarding the nature and scope of regulatory action necessary 
      to achieve the objective you are seeking. Also, if appropriate to your 
      comments, please identify the specific part and section (or subsection) 
      of the amended IDEA that is the subject of your recommendations, and 
      specify how a proposed change to a given provision in the regulations 
      will clarify or help to improve implementation of the new statutory 
      provision.
          Please include the following with your comments and 
      recommendations: A description of the area of your involvement in 
      special education, regular education or early intervention, as well as 
      your role, if any, in that area (e.g., parent, teacher, student, 
      service provider, administrator, or researcher).
          During and after the comment period, you may inspect all public 
      comments about this notice in room 5126, Potomac Center Plaza, 550 12th 
      Street, SW., Washington, DC, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., 
      eastern time, Monday through Friday of each week except Federal 
      holidays.
      
      Assistance to Individuals With Disabilities in Reviewing the Comments
      
          On request, we will supply an appropriate aid, such as a reader or 
      print magnifier, to an individual with a disability who needs 
      assistance to review the comments and recommendations. If you want to 
      schedule an appointment for this type of aid, please contact the person 
      listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.
      
      Announcement of Public Meetings
      
          The following is a preliminary announcement of our plans to hold a 
      series of informal meetings during the first few months of calendar 
      year 2005, to seek comments and recommendations for developing 
      regulations, as needed, based on the Individuals with Disabilities 
      Education Improvement Act of 2004. The meetings will be in the 
      following locations:
           Atlanta, GA;
           Newark, NJ;
           Boston, MA;
           Columbus, OH;
           San Diego, CA;
           Laramie, WY; and
           Washington, DC.
          We will notify you through notices published in the Federal 
      Register of the specific dates and locations of each of these meetings, 
      as well as other relevant information.
          Electronic Access to This Document: You may view this document, as 
      well as all other Department of Education documents published in the 
      Federal Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on 
      the Internet at the following site: http://www.ed.gov/news/fedregister.
          To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available 
      free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, call the U.S. 
      Government Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1-888-293-6498; or in 
      the Washington, DC, area at (202) 512-1530.
          Note: The official version of this document is the document 
      published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the 
      official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal 
      Regulations is available on GPO Access at: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/nara/index.html
          Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1400 et. seq.; Pub. L. 108-446, 118 
      Stat. 2647.
      
      Troy R. Justesen,
      Acting Deputy Assistant, Secretary for Special Education and 
      Rehabilitative Services.
      [FR Doc. 04-28503 Filed 12-28-04; 8:45 am]
      
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