FR Doc E7-19264
[Federal Register: September 28, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 188)]
[Page 55191-55192]
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Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; List of 

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: List of Correspondence from April 1, 2007 through June 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 April 1, 2007 through June 30, 2007. 
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

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interests of the individual or individuals involved, personally 
identifiable information has been deleted, as appropriate.

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

Section 611--Authorization; Allotment; Use of Funds; Authorization of 

Topic Addressed: Reallocation of Funds
    [cir] Letter dated June 14, 2007 to Louisiana Division of 
Educational Improvement and Assistance Director Dr. Susan A. Aysenne, 
confirming that the Louisiana Department of Education has the authority 
to reallocate funds that are not needed by one local educational agency 
(LEA) to provide a free appropriate public education to children with 
disabilities to a single LEA or multiple LEAs in the State.

Section 612--State Eligibility

Topic Addressed: Free Appropriate Public Education
    [cir] Letter dated June 14, 2007 to individual (personally 
identifiable information redacted), clarifying that the same 
requirements in Part B of IDEA governing personnel qualifications and 
access to instructional materials that apply to special education and 
related services provided pursuant to a student's individualized 
education program (IEP) in a regular school program apply to special 
education and related services provided pursuant to a student's IEP as 
compensatory services.
Topic Addressed: Methods of Ensuring Services
    [cir] Office of Special Education (OSEP) Memorandum 07-10 dated May 
3, 2007 to State Directors of Special Education, clarifying 
requirements for obtaining parental consent when a public agency seeks 
access to a child's public benefits or public insurance to pay for 
required special education and related services for Medicaid-eligible 
children and explaining that the LEA does not have to obtain a separate 
parental consent if parental consent is given directly to another 
agency, such as a State's Medicaid Agency.
Topic Addressed: Disproportionality
    [cir] OSEP Memorandum 07-09 dated April 24, 2007 to State Directors 
of Special Education, clarifying the requirements governing 
overidentification and disproportionality under section 612(a)(24) of 
IDEA and the requirements governing significant disproportionality 
under section 618(d) of IDEA.

Section 614--Evaluations, Eligibility Determinations, Individualized 
Education Programs, and Educational Placements

Topic Addressed: Evaluations and Reevaluations
    [cir] Letter dated May 10, 2007 to U.S. Representative Doris O. 
Matsui, regarding how determinations are made about a child's 
eligibility for special education and related services under Part B of 
IDEA, including whether factors such as family history of substance 
abuse and other medical information can be considered as part of the 
eligibility determination.

Section 615--Procedural Safeguards

Topic Addressed: Maintenance Of Current Educational Placement
    [cir] Letter dated April 12, 2007 to North Carolina Exceptional 
Children Division Director Mary D. Watson, clarifying that the 
requirements of Part B of IDEA for annual review of a child's IEP 
remain fully applicable while administrative or judicial proceedings 
regarding a complaint are pending.
    [cir] Letter dated April 12, 2007 to Community Alliance for Special 
Education Service Coordinator Paul S. Foreman, regarding the child's 
status during the pendency of administrative or judicial proceedings 
when a child who is no longer eligible for services under Part C of 
IDEA seeks initial services under Part B of IDEA.

Section 674--Technology Development, Demonstration, and Utilization; 
Media Services; and Instructional Materials

Topic Addressed: National Instructional Materials Access Center
    [cir] Letter dated May 7, 2007 to American Printing House for the 
Blind, Inc. President Dr. Tuck Tinsley, explaining the Department's 
interpretation of section 674(e)(5) of the IDEA and clarifying the 
extent to which that section provides any protection for the National 
Instructional Materials Access Center from lawsuits contesting its 
grant activities.

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

    Dated: September 24, 2007.
William W. Knudsen,
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Education and 
Rehabilitative Services.
[FR Doc. E7-19264 Filed 9-27-07; 8:45 am]