FR Doc 05-954
[Federal Register: January 18, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 11)]
[Notices]               
[Page 2857-2858]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, 
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as Amended by the 
Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004

ACTION: Notice of public meeting to seek comments and suggestions 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 announces plans to hold the second of a series 
of public meetings to seek comments and suggestions from the public 
prior to developing and publishing proposed regulations to implement 
programs under the recently revised Individuals with Disabilities 
Education Act.

Date and Time of Public Meeting: Thursday, February 3, 2005, from 3:30 
p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The Ohio State University, School of Education, 384 Arps 
Hall, 1945 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43210.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Troy R. Justeen. Telephone: (202) 245-
7468.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On December 3, 2004, the President signed into law Public Law 108-
446, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 
2004, amending the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (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 (including both 
formula and discretionary grant programs) that would strengthen the 
Federal effort to 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 and regulations.
    The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services will be 
holding a series of public meetings during the first few months of 
calendar year 2005 to seek input and suggestions for developing 
regulations, as needed, based on the Individuals with Disabilities 
Education Improvement Act of 2004.
    This notice provides specific information about the second of these 
meetings, scheduled for Columbus, OH (see Date and Time of Public 
Meeting earlier in this notice). Other informal meetings will be 
conducted in the following locations:

 Atlanta, GA;
 Boston, MA;
 San Diego, CA;
 Laramie, WY; and
 Washington, DC.

    In subsequent Federal Register notices, we will notify you of the 
specific dates and locations of each of these meetings, as well as 
other relevant information.
    Individuals who need accommodations for a disability in order to 
attend the meeting (i.e., interpreting

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services, assistive listening devices, and material in alternative 
format) should notify the contact person listed under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT. The meeting location is accessible to individuals 
with disabilities.

    Dated: January 11, 2005.
John H. Hager,
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
[FR Doc. 05-954 Filed 1-14-05; 8:45 am]

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