FR Doc 05-6510
[Federal Register: April 1, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 62)]
[Proposed Rules]               
[Page 16784]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

34 CFR Chapter I

 
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 
(OSERS), Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice of public meetings.

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SUMMARY: The Secretary announces plans to hold a series of public 
meetings to seek comments and suggestions about proposed regulations, 
which the Secretary intends to publish in a Notice of Proposed Rule 
Making (NPRM) in the Spring of 2005, to implement programs under the 
recently amended IDEA.

DATES: The public meetings will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.:

Monday, June 6, 2005 in San Antonio, TX;
Friday, June 17, 2005 in Nashville, TN;
Wednesday, June 22, 2005 in Sacramento, CA;
Friday, June 24, 2005 in Las Vegas, NV;
Monday, June 27, 2005 in New York, NY;
Wednesday, June 29, 2005 in Chicago, IL; and
Tuesday, July 12, 2005 in Washington, DC.

ADDRESSES: OSERS will provide specific location information through the 
NPRM to be published in the Federal Register in the Spring of 2005.
    Individuals who need accommodations for a disability in order to 
attend the meetings (i.e., interpreting services, assistive listening 
devices, or material in alternative formats) should notify the contact 
person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. The meeting 
locations will be accessible to individuals with disabilities.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Troy R. Justesen, Acting Deputy 
Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative 
Services, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 
5138, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202. 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.

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://edworkforce.house.gov/issues/108th/education/idea/conferencereport/confrept.htm .

    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 is (1) of high quality, and (2) 
designed to achieve the high standards reflected in the No Child Left 
Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) and regulations. The Secretary intends to 
publish an NPRM in the Federal Register in the Spring of 2005, 
proposing regulations to implement the new law.
    Announcement of Public Meetings: OSERS will be holding a series of 
public meetings during June and July of calendar year 2005, to seek 
additional comments and suggestions from the public after developing 
and publishing proposed rules to implement programs under the recently 
amended IDEA.
    This notice provides information about dates, locations and times 
of these public meetings (see DATES earlier in this notice).
    Electronic Access to this Document: You may view this document, as 
well as all other documents this Department 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 
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    Dated: March 28, 2005.
John H. Hager,
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
[FR Doc. 05-6510 Filed 3-31-05; 8:45 am]

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