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OSEP Memos, Dear Colleague Letters and Policy Letters

OSEP provides information, guidance and clarification regarding implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in a number of ways including OSEP Memos and Dear Colleague Letters, and OSEP Policy Letters.

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OSEP Memos and Dear Colleague Letters

OSEP Memos and Dear Colleague Letters are listed chronologically starting from the most recent issuance and going back to 2005. To obtain a copy of a document issued earlier than 2005 please contact Rebecca.Walawender@ed.gov.

Note: OSEP Memos related to grant applications, submission of SPP/APRs or reporting of IDEA State-Reported data under Section 618 of the IDEA are not included on this page as they are found elsewhere on this Web site.

Access an OSEP Memo or Dear Colleague Letter.

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OSEP Policy Letters

Policy Letters can be found under several alternative listings on this web page:

  1. chronological;
  2. topical; and
  3. as published quarterly in the Federal Register pursuant to Section 607 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 2004.

The chronological listing is the most current and complete listing of the three alternatives.

  • Chronological listing
    This starts with the most recently issued letter and continues in reverse chronological order through the year 2001. To locate a letter click on the year listed below.
  • Topical listing
    The listing includes letters organized by topic issued from March 2000 through December 2007. To locate a letter from the topical index, click here.
  • Section 607 Reports
    Section 607 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997 requires that the Secretary of Education, on a quarterly basis, publish in the Federal Register a list of correspondence. This listing includes quarterly reports published from 4th Quarter 2000 through 1st Quarter 2012. These letters are indexed in the Section 607 Reports.

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Memos and Dear Colleague Letters


OSEP Letter to CSSOs on School Lunch Program, June 11, 2014
PDF (69KB)


OSEP Dear Colleague Letter to CSSOs on LEA MOE, March 13, 2014
MS Word (135KB) | PDF (69KB)


OSEP Dear Colleague Letter on Bullying, Aug. 20, 2013
MS Word (128KB) | PDF (1.4MB)

Enclosure:
MS Word (101KB) | PDF (99KB)


OSEP Memo and Q & A on Dispute Resolution, July 23, 2013
MS Word (411KB) | PDF (436KB)


OSEP Dear Colleague Letter on Education for Highly Mobile Children, July 19, 2013
MS Word (219KB) | PDF (292KB)


OSEP Dear Colleague Letter on Braille, June 19, 2013
MS Word (219KB) | PDF (292KB)


OSEP Dear Colleague Letter on Model Notice, Public Insurance, June 11, 2013
MS Word (240KB) | PDF (263KB)


OSEP Dear Colleague Letter on Updated NIMAS Guidelines, June 22, 2012
MS Word (45KB) | PDF (492KB)


OSEP Dear Colleague Letter on Preschool (LRE), Feb. 29, 2012
MS Word (45KB) | PDF (492KB)


OSEP 11-07 Response to Intervention (RTI) Memo, Jan. 21, 2011
MS Word (45KB) | PDF (492KB)


OSEP 11-06 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Monitoring Announcement Memo, Dec. 6, 2010
MS Word (45KB) | PDF (492KB)


OSEP 10-05 Maintenance of State Financial Support under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Dec. 2, 2009
MS Word (45KB) | PDF (492KB)


OSEP 09-02 Reporting on Correction of Noncompliance, Oct. 17, 2008
MS Word (45KB) | PDF (492KB)


OSEP 08-09 Coordinated Early Intervening Services, July 28, 2008
MS Word (45KB) | PDF (492KB)


OSEP 07-10 Interpretation of 34 CFR §300.154(d)(2)(iv)(A), May 3, 2007
MS Word (45KB) | PDF (492KB)


OSEP 07-09 Disproportionality of Racial and Ethnic Groups in Special Education, April 24, 2007
MS Word (45KB) | PDF (492KB)


OSEP 05-09 Obligations of States and Local Educational Agencies to Parentally-placed Private School Children with Disabilities, June 27, 2005
MS Word (45KB) | PDF (492KB)


OSEP 05-08 Educational Expenses for Children in Private Residential Facilities, March 17, 2005
MS Word (45KB) | PDF (492KB)

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Policy Letters 

(Chronological listing)


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 2014

March 21, 2014 to Janice Breton
TOPIC: Electronic Mail
MS Word (99KB) | PDF (45KB)

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 2013

December 20, 2013 to Dr. Jim Delisle
TOPIC: Twice Exceptional
MS Word (98KB) | PDF (49KB)


December 20, 2013 to Deborah Pergament
TOPIC: Makeup
MS Word (96KB) | PDF (45KB)


November 26, 2013 to William J. Casey, Esq.
TOPIC: Reimbursement for PPPSS
MS Word (95KB) | PDF (43KB)


November 25, 2013 to Guy M. McBride, Ph.D.
TOPIC: LD Criteria
MS Word (94KB) | PDF (42KB)


November 5, 2013 to Buckley Hugo
TOPIC: LD Criteria
MS Word (99KB) | PDF (56KB)


October 23, 2013 to Luke E. Kelly
TOPIC: APE
MS Word (99KB) | PDF (47KB)


September 24, 2013 to Marilyn Arons
TOPIC: Central Director
MS Word (99KB) | PDF (47KB)


September 24, 2013 to Jan Breton
TOPIC: Parent Participation-IEP Meeting
MS Word (99KB) | PDF (45KB)


September 10, 2013 to Dr. Perry Zirkel
TOPIC: RTI
MS Word (96KB) | PDF (50KB)


September 5, 2013 to McKinney
TOPIC: Medicaid
MS Word (101KB) | PDF (51KB)


September 3, 2013 to Dude
TOPIC: Transition
MS Word (109KB) | PDF (64KB)


August 5, 2013 to Diana Bowman
TOPIC: Homeless Children with Disabilities
MS Word (104KB) | PDF (56KB)


August 1, 2013 to Michael I. Inzelbuch
TOPIC: Evaluation
MS Word (99KB) | PDF (111KB)


July 31, 2013 to Garth Tymeson
TOPIC: Applicability of Physical Education for Preschool Children with Disabilities
MS Word (97KB) | PDF (63KB)


July 19, 2013 to Maureen Greer,
TOPIC: Questions and Answers Part C Provisions
MS Word (125KB) | PDF (94KB)


May 21, 2013 to Christopher Northrop
TOPIC: Parent Participation IEP Meetings
MS Word (232KB) | PDF (138KB)


May 8, 2013 to Charlcie Flinn
TOPIC: FERPA
MS Word (230KB) | PDF (134KB)


April 18, 2013 to Marsha Johnson
TOPIC: Natural Environments
MS Word (232KB) | PDF (145KB)


April 2, 2013 to Glenna Gallo
TOPIC: Functional Behavior Assessment
MS Word (106KB) | PDF (182KB)


March 27, 2013 to William Casey
TOPIC: Resolution Sessions
MS Word (96KB) | PDF (63KB)


March 7, 2013 to Troy Couillard
TOPIC: RTI
MS Word (48KB) | PDF (1.43MB)


February 4, 2013 to Dr. George V. Corwell
TOPIC: Parentally-placed private school children
MS Word (34KB) | PDF (625KB)


January 30, 2013 to Carol Hokenson
TOPIC: CEIS-MOE
MS Word (45KB) | PDF (1.5MB)

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 2012

December 5, 2012 to Tomas Ramirez III,
TOPIC: Manifestation Determination Hearing
MS Word (30KB) | PDF (495KB)


November 30, 2012 to Judith A. Gran and Catherine Merino Reisman,
TOPIC: Due Process Hearing
MS Word (37KB) | PDF (967KB)


December 15, 2012 to David Anderson,
TOPIC: LRE
MS Word (34KB) | PDF (712KB)


November 14, 2012 to Dr. Rick Dale,
TOPIC: RTI/CEIS
MS Word (34KB) | PDF (862KB)


November 7, 2012 to Philpot,
TOPIC: TX Rules
MS Word (33KB) | PDF (842KB)


November 7, 2012 to Boswell,
TOPIC: Parentally placed private school students with disabilities
MS Word (24KB) | PDF (481KB)


October 18, 2012 to Goldstein, Esq.,
TOPIC: Maintenance of Current Educational Placement
MS Word (35KB) | PDF (903KB)


September 7, 2012 to Albert Gonzales,(
TOPIC: LEA MOE
MS Word (33KB) | PDF (859KB)


September 6, 2012 to Arthur Ackerhalt,
TOPIC: Related Services Start
MS Word (32KB) | PDF (474KB)


August 20, 2012 to Stephanie Petska,
TOPIC: MOE
MS Word (24KB) | PDF (245KB)


August 20, 2012 to Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations,
TOPIC: MOE
MS Word (31KB) | PDF (632KB)


August 20, 2012 to Gwen Moore,
TOPIC: MOE
MS Word (36KB) | PDF (645KB)


August 8, 2012 to Alex P. Apostle,
TOPIC: Children in Private Schools
MS Word (40KB) | PDF (1MB)


August 9, 2012 to Paula Walker,
TOPIC: Resolution Meetings
MS Word (35KB) | PDF (716KB)


June 26, 2012 to U.S. Congresswoman Lynn C. Woolsey.,
TOPIC: Federal and State Monitoring
MS Word (39KB) | PDF (1.1MB)


June 22, 2012 to Virginia Department of Education Assistant Superintendent H. Douglas Cox.
TOPIC: Discipline Procedures
MS Word (32KB) | PDF (69KB)


June 22, 2012 to Disability Rights Wisconsin Managing Attorney Jeffrey Spitzer-Resnick.
TOPIC: Least Restrictive Environment
MS Word (32KB) | PDF (69KB)


June 13, 2012 to East End Special Education Parents, Inc., President Kathleen Chamberlain.,
TOPIC: Children in Private Schools
MS Word (41KB) | PDF (126KB)


June 6, 2012 to West Virginia attorney James Gerl.
TOPIC: Revocation of Consent
MS Word (32KB) | PDF (69KB)


May 9, 2012 to Special Education Advocate Ellen M. Chambers,
TOPIC: Special Education and Related Services
MS Word (32KB) | PDF (69KB)


April 26, 2012 to Family Soup Executive Director Cindy E. Chandler.
TOPIC: Prior Written Notice
MS Word (45KB) | PDF (492KB)


April 23, 2012 to Maryland attorney Michael J. Eig.
TOPIC: Resolution Process
MS Word (45KB) | PDF (492KB)


April 11, 2012 to Cumberland County Schools Exceptional Children’s Programs Executive Director Ruben A. Reyes.
TOPIC: Evaluations, Parental Consent, and Reevaluations
MS Word (45KB) | PDF (492KB)


April 10, 2012 to Little Cypress-Mauriceville Special Programs Director Robert H. Finch.
TOPIC: Individualized Education Programs for Transfer Students
MS Word (45KB) | PDF (492KB)


April 9, 2012 to individual (personally identifiable information redacted).
TOPIC: Evaluations, Parental Consent, and Reevaluations
MS Word (45KB) | PDF (492KB)


April 4, 2012 to Center for Law and Education co-director Kathleen Boundy.
TOPIC: Maintenance of Effort
MS Word (32KB) | PDF (69KB)


March 28, 2012 to Individual (personally identifiable information redacted),
TOPIC: State Residency Requirements
MS Word (45KB) | PDF (492KB)


February 16, 2012 to Brenda Cassellius,
TOPIC: Impartial Due Process Hearings
MS Word (45KB) | PDF (492KB)


February 9, 2012 to Amy Goetz and Atlee Reilly,2
TOPIC: Impartial Due Process Hearings
MS Word (45KB) | PDF (492KB)

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 2011

December 19, 2011 to Denise Koscielniak,
MS Word (45KB) | PDF (492KB)


December 6, 2011 to Susan Luger Associates,
TOPIC: Children in Private Schools
MS Word (45KB) | PDF (492KB)


December 2, 2011 to Patricia Pierce,
TOPIC: Graduation
MS Word (45KB) | PDF (492KB)


September 30, 2011 to Ronald Stern,
TOPIC: Least Restrictive Environment
MS Word (22KB) | PDF (75KB)


September 26, 2011 to H. Douglas Cox,
TOPIC: Individualized Education Programs
MS Word (22KB) | PDF (75KB)


September 6, 2011 to Ronald Caplan,
TOPIC: Surrogate Parents
MS Word (22KB) | PDF (75KB)


June 16, 2011 to National Association of State Directors of Special Education Executive Director Bill East
TOPIC: Use of Federal Funds
MS Word (31KB) | PDF (532KB)


May 26, 2011 to East End Special Education Parents President Kathleen Chamberlain
TOPIC: Children in Private Schools
MS Word (34KB) | PDF (783KB)


May 4, 2011 to Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Robert Moser and Chief Fiscal Officer Pat Kuester
TOPIC: Nonsupplanting
MS Word (31KB) | PDF (555KB)


April 25, 2011 to Center for Education Advocacy, Inc. Director Lilly Rangel-Diaz
TOPIC: Individualized Education Plan Team
MS Word (47KB) | PDF (1.34MB)


March 7, 2011 to Statewide Parent Advocacy Network of New Jersey Executive Co-Director Diana Autin
TOPIC: Least Restrictive Environment
MS Word (29KB) | PDF (65KB)


March 2, 2011 to District of Columbia Acting State Superintendent of Education Hosanna Mahaley
TOPIC: General Supervisory Authority
MS Word (30KB) | PDF (437KB)


February 10, 2011 to non-attorney advocate Amber Mintz
TOPIC: Evaluations, Parental Consent and Reevaluations
MS Word (45KB) | PDF (1.7MB)


February 9, 2011 to Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association President Brad Hutton and National Association of State Directors of Special Education Director Bill East
TOPIC: Early Childhood Transition
MS Word (53KB) | PDF (1.8MB)


January 24, 2011 to individual (personally identifiable information redacted)
TOPIC: Individualized Education Plan
MS Word (33KB) | PDF (119KB)


January 19, 2011 to individual (personally identifiable information redacted)
TOPIC: Independent Educational Evaluations
MS Word (31KB) | PDF (78KB)


January 6, 2011 to Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Special Education Section Director Douglas Gill
TOPIC: Use of Federal Funds
MS Word (32KB) | PDF (656KB)


January 6, 2011 to Lehigh University Professor of Education and Law Perry A. Zirkel
TOPIC: Evaluations, Parental Consent and Reevaluations
MS Word (37KB) | PDF (1.1MB)


January 5, 2011 to Texas West Independent School District Assistant Superintendant Jan Hungate
TOPIC: Least Restrictive Environment
MS Word (35KB) | PDF (759KB)



 
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