Working the Working Parent Into PTA - pdf 153 KB
Reducing Student and Teacher Dropout Rates in Louisiana - pdf 1.74 MB
A Response to Intervention (RTI) Cannot be Used to Delay/Deny an Evaluation for Eligibility under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). pdf 1.03 MB - It has come to the attention of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) that, in some instances, local educational agencies (LEAs) may be using Response to Intervention (RTI) strategies to delay or deny a timely initial evaluation for children suspected of having a disability. States and LEAs have an obligation to ensure that evaluations of children suspected of having a disability are not delayed or denied because of implementation of an RTI strategy. See the letter from OSEP in its entirety at:
Questions and Answers On Serving Children With Disabilities Placed by Their Parents at Private Schools (April 2011). OSERS issues this Q&A document to provide State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), parents, advocacy organizations, and other interested parties with information regarding the requirements for serving children with disabilities placed by their parents in private schools. This Q&A document represents the Department's current thinking on this topic. It does not create or confer any rights for or on any person. This guidance does not impose any requirements beyond those required under applicable law and regulations.
U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights Dear Colleage Letter on Harrassment and Bullying. The U.S. Department of Education has issued guidance to support educators in combating bullying in schools by clarifying when student bullying may violate federal education anti-discrimination laws. The guidance, which is in a Dear Colleague letter sent to schools, colleges and universities, explains educators' legal obligations to protect students from student-on-student racial and national origin harassment, sexual and gender-based harassment and disability harassment. The complete letter from Russlynn Ali, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, can be downloaded in PDF format.
The Dear Colleague Letter can be found at: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201010.html
The Dear Colleage Letter Harrassment and Bullying Background, Summary, and Fast Facts can be found at: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-factsheet-201010.pdf
MilitaryK12Partners (militaryk12partners.dodea.edu) offers resources, like Special Education Modules, to assist schools that serve military families. Students at the Center, an education resource that provides information on important policies, procedures, and best practices is also located on the site, as well as links to many resources developed by other government and nongovernment agencies.
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) is a central source of information on: disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth, IDEA, which is the law authorizing special education, No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities), and research-based information on effective educational practices.
NICHCY also compiles disability-related resources in each state and creates State Resource Sheets. This handy resource sheet will help you locate organizations and agencies within your state that address disability-related issues, including:
- State agencies serving children and youth with disabilities
- - State chapters of disability organizations and parent groups
- - Parent training and information projects
And much more, including the official State Web site, Governors and U.S. Senators, and other useful associations and organizations.
To see state resource sheets, go to: http://www.nichcy.org/Pages/StateSpecificInfo.aspx
Parent's Rights & Advocacy Resources, Louisiana Department of Education, Students With Exceptional Needs. Both federal and state laws and regulations governing the administration of educational programs for students with exceptionalities have recognized the role of parents in the special education process. Go to this website for Parent's Rights & Advocacy information as well as well as links to Informational Resources.
STOMP (Specialized Training of Military Parents) (www.stompproject.org), is the OSEP-funded Parent Training and Information Center for military families across the country.