FR Doc 2010-22882
[Federal Register: September 14, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 177)]
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Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; List of 

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: List of Correspondence from January 1, 2010 through March 31, 


SUMMARY: The Secretary is publishing the following list pursuant to 
section 607(f) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 
(IDEA). Under section 607(f) of the 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 the IDEA or the regulations that 
implement the IDEA.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Duos or Mary Louise Dirrigl. 
Telephone: (202) 245-7468.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you can 
call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities can obtain a copy of this notice in 
an accessible 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 January 1, 2010 through March 31, 2010. 
Included on the list are those letters that contain interpretations of 
the requirements of the 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 each 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 redacted, as 

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

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

    Topic Addressed: State Level Activities
    [cir] Letter dated January 7, 2010 to Arizona Department of 
Education Deputy Associate Superintendent for Exceptional Student 
Services Collette E. Chapman, about (1) a State's billing for indirect 
costs for IDEA American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) 
funds retained at the State level and (2) adjustments to the statutory 
caps on State administration under the IDEA and Title I of the 
Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, that help 
defray the costs of data collection associated with the ARRA.

Section 612--State Eligibility

Topic Addressed: Personnel Qualifications
    [cir] Letter dated January 27, 2010 to New Jersey Speech-Language-
Hearing Association School Affairs Chair Sue A. Goldman, clarifying 
that the IDEA does not permit States to obtain a waiver of State-
approved certification requirements for related services providers who 
currently do not meet State certification requirements but does permit 
States to use alternate certification routes for such personnel.
Topic Addressed: Maintenance of State Financial Support
    [cir] Letter dated February 12, 2010 to the American Association of 
School Administrators Deputy Executive Director Bruce Hunter, 
clarifying that State Fiscal Stabilization Funds under the ARRA may be 
used, under certain circumstances, to meet Part B of the IDEA State and 
local maintenance of effort requirements.

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

Topic Addressed: Evaluation Procedures
    [cir] Letter dated January 13, 2010 to an individual (personally 
identifiable information redacted) regarding students with high 
cognition who also require special education and related services under 
the IDEA.
Topic Addressed: Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
    [cir] Letter dated January 7, 2010 to Texas attorney Nona Matthews, 
regarding the requirement to include in a child's IEP information on 
the frequency, duration, and location of the special education and 
related services provided to the child.
    [cir] Letter dated January 7, 2010 to educational advocate Dorothy 
M. Richards, regarding the role of a public agency representative on 
the IEP Team.
    [cir] Letter dated February 12, 2010 to Alabama attorney James 
Irby, regarding how an IEP Team could ensure that students with 
disabilities who need additional reading instruction are not prevented 
from participating in mandatory physical education instruction.

Section 615--Procedural Safeguards

Topic Addressed: Independent Educational Evaluations
    [cir] Letter dated January 4, 2010 to individuals (personally 
identifiable information redacted) regarding whether a public agency's 
procedures relating to a parent's right to obtain an independent 
educational evaluation at public expense are consistent with the IDEA.
Topic Addressed: Impartial Due Process Hearing
    [cir] Letter dated February 2, 2010 to Miami-Dade County Public 
Schools Assistant Attorney Mary C. Lawson, clarifying that a local 
educational agency may not bring an attorney to a resolution meeting if 
a parent brings an advocate or other qualified representative to the 
meeting, in lieu of an attorney.
    [cir] Letter dated February 12, 2010 to Alabama attorney James 
Irby, regarding parent participation at resolution meetings.

Part C--Infants and Toddlers With Disabilities

Section 636--Individualized Family Service Plan

    [cir] Letter dated February 12, 2010 to Florida Department of 
Health Early Steps Bureau Chief Janice M. Kane, clarifying the 
relationship of peer-reviewed research to the frequency and intensity 
of the early intervention services to be included in an infant's or 
toddler's individualized family service plan.

Other Letters That Do Not Interpret Idea But May Be of Interest to 

Topic Addressed: Seclusion and Restraints
    [cir] Letter dated January 26, 2010 to National Leadership 
Consortium on Developmental Disabilities representative Nancy R. Weiss, 
regarding the use of seclusion and restraints and other aversive 
behavioral interventions in schools.

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

    Dated: September 7, 2010.
Alexa Posny,
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
[FR Doc. 2010-22882 Filed 9-13-10; 8:45 am]