[Federal Register: May 21, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 97)]
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Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; List of 

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: List of Correspondence from July 1, 2006 through September 30, 


SUMMARY: The Secretary is publishing the following list pursuant to 
section 607(f) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as 
amended by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act 
of 2004 (IDEA). Under section 607(f) of IDEA, the Secretary is 
required, on a quarterly basis, to publish in the Federal Register a 
list of correspondence from the U.S. Department of Education 
(Department) received by individuals during the previous quarter that 
describes the interpretations of the Department of IDEA or the 
regulations that implement IDEA.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melisande Lee or JoLeta Reynolds. 
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.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of this notice in 
an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or 
computer diskette) on request to the contact persons listed under FOR 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The following list identifies correspondence 
from the Department issued from July 1, 2006 through September 30, 
2006. Included on the list are those letters that contain 
interpretations of the requirements of IDEA and its implementing 
regulations, as well as letters and other documents that the Department 
believes will assist the public in understanding the requirements of 
the law and its regulations. The date of and topic addressed by a 
letter are identified, and summary information is also provided, as 
appropriate. To protect the privacy interests of the individual or 
individuals involved, personally identifiable information has been 
deleted, as appropriate.

Part A--General Provisions

Section 602--Definitions

Topic Addressed: Child With a Disability
    [cir] Letter dated July 11, 2006 to individuals (personally 
identifiable information redacted), regarding whether a State must use 
the term ``mental retardation'' or any other terms contained in the 
definition of ``child with a disability'' from Part B of IDEA when 
describing children eligible for services under IDEA and State law.
Topic Addressed: Special Education and Related Services
    [cir] Letter dated September 19, 2006 to U.S. Senator Judd Gregg, 
regarding the maintenance and programming of surgically implanted 
medical devices, including cochlear implants.

Part B--Assistance for Education of All Children with Disabilities

Section 612--State Eligibility

Topic Addressed: Maintenance of Effort
    [cir] Letter dated July 26, 2006 to Maryland State Department of 
Education Assistant Superintendent Carol Ann Baglin, regarding the 
maintenance of effort requirements in Part B of IDEA that apply to 
local educational agencies (LEAs) and a State educational agency's 
responsibilities to ensure that its LEAs comply with these 
Topic Addressed: Highly Qualified Teachers
    [cir] Letter dated September 5, 2006 to Chief State School 
Officers, regarding efforts to ensure that all core academic subjects 
are taught by highly qualified and effective teachers and asking States 
to restrict the use of High Objective Uniform State Standard of 
Evaluation (HOUSSE) procedures to certain situations.

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Topic Addressed: Confidentiality of Education Records
    [cir] Letter dated February 2, 2006 to Pennsylvania Department of 
Education Assistant Counsel Karen S. Feuchtenberger, from Family Policy 
Compliance Office Director LeRoy S. Rooker, regarding whether, under 
the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, a charter school may 
disclose certain personally identifiable information from the education 
records of a child with a disability, in the absence of parent consent, 
to the child's school district of residence in order to obtain an 
additional State subsidy for children with disabilities receiving 
special education and related services at the charter school.

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(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number 84.027, Assistance to 
States for Education of Children with Disabilities)

    Dated: May 15, 2007.
John H. Hager,
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
[FR Doc. E7-9749 Filed 5-18-07; 8:45 am]