[Federal Register: July 18, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 138)]
[Page 47354-47355]
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Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Report 
of the Findings and Recommendations of the President's Commission on 
Excellence in Special Education

AGENCY: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, 
Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice of request for public comment on the Report of the 
President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education.


SUMMARY: The Secretary of Education invites written comments from the 
public on the Report of the Findings and Recommendations of the 
President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before August 19, 2002.

ADDRESSES: Address all comments concerning the Commission Report to 
Thomas Irvin, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, 
U.S. Department of Education.
    Due to recent problems with the receipt of surface mail, we 
encourage you to use either the Internet or Facsimile Transmission 
(Fax), as follows, to submit your comments, in order to ensure that the 
comments are received for consideration by the Department:
    Internet. Comments submitted through the Internet should be sent to 
the following address: Comments@ed.gov.
    You must use the term ``Commission Report on Special Education'' in 
the subject line of your electronic message.
    Facsimile Transmission (Fax). If you prefer, you may send your 
comments by Fax to (202) 260-0416.
    If neither the Internet nor Fax are available to you, you may 
submit your comments via surface mail to: Office of Special Education 
and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland 
Avenue, SW., Mary E. Switzer Building, Room 3086, Washington DC 20202.
    To ensure that we do not receive duplicate copies of comments, 
please submit your comments only one time--using either the Internet or 
Fax, or, if necessary, surface mail.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: JoLeta Reynolds (202) 205-5507 (Press 
3). If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TTD) you may 
call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) number at 1-800-877-
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an 
alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) on request to Katie Mincey, Director of the Alternate Formats 
Center. Telephone: (202) 205-8113.



    On October 2, 2001, the President established the President's 
Commission on Excellence in Special Education (Commission) under 
Executive Order 13227. The Commission was established to recommend 
policies for improving the educational performance of students with 
disabilities, and its work was intended to inform the process for 
preparing for the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities 
Education Act (IDEA).
    The Commission's final report was submitted to the President on 
July 1, 2002, and is currently posted on the following Web site: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log=linklog&to=http://www.ed.gov/inits/commissionsboards/whspecialeducation/.
    Public comment on the Commission Report will assist the Department 
as it formulates its proposals for the reauthorization of the IDEA.
    Invitation to Comment: We invite your comments on the Commission's 
findings and recommendations and on the entire Report written by the 
    In submitting your comments, please identify whether you are 
involved in special education, regular education or early intervention, 
as well as your role, if any, in that area (e.g., parent, teacher, 
service provider, administrator, or researcher).
    Thank you for your interest in achieving excellence in special 

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    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq.

    Dated: July 12, 2002.
Robert H. Pasternack,
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
[FR Doc. 02-18165 Filed 7-17-02; 8:45 am]