We are pleased to announce the opening of the second and final 30 day comment period for the proposed 2014 Idaho Special Education Manual. In order to best capture your information and response, we ask you to use the following protocol in submitting your comments back to the Division of Special Education:
All comments must include:
- contact information (in case we have any questions);
- the specific chapter, section, item, and page number the comment is referencing;
- a recommendations for clarification, a question or concern, an addition or deletion, and/or language to consider.
Please let us know if you find a typo or a formatting problem. We would appreciate it very much.
Please email, mail, or fax your comments to:
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0027
Fax: (208) 334-2228
What happens next:
The Manual Review Committee is comprised of individuals who represent special educators and special education directors from urban and rural districts across the state, a parent advocacy organization, a school psychologist, SDE special education staff, and legal consultants. Your voices count and your comments will be reviewed after October 15, 2014. A draft of the proposed manual with revisions will be presented to the State Board of Education in mid –November for review for their December 17, 2014 board meeting. If accepted, the manual will be implemented with an effective date of their board meeting (December 17, 2014).
We appreciate your time in reviewing the proposed manual and look forward to working with all of our stakeholders in this process.
Melanie J. Reese, Ph.D.
Special Education Manual Committee Chair
One of the most important things we do at the state Department of Education is support the work done at the local level by our teachers, administrators and other school staff. We offer that support by providing technical expertise and assistance in a variety of areas.
The Idaho Special Education Manual, 2007, is designed to help you understand the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act and meet the guidelines contained within the law. To receive federal funds available under the IDEA, districts must adopt and implement appropriate special education policies and procedures. Those policies and procedures must be approved by the State Department of Education (SDE) consistent with state and federal laws, rules, regulations, and legal requirements.
To help you, this manual contains a sample set of approved policies and procedures that boards of trustees may adopt if they choose to do so. The appendices in this manual are meant to clarify and assist you in adopting policies; they should not be viewed or adopted as policies in and of themselves.
To the extent possible, we try to make the process of understanding state and federal regulations as easy as possible. If you have questions or comments about this manual or any service offered by the department, I hope you will take the time to contact us.