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NEW Trump Administration Unveils Plan for Education Freedom Scholarships

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos unveiled Education Freedom Scholarships, the Trump Administration's key proposal to expand and improve the education options available to students across the country.

ED Press Release

Fact Sheet: How EFS Can Expand Special Education Options

03/01/2019


New ED Initiative to Address the Inappropriate Use of Restraint and Seclusion to Protect Children with Disabilities

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that the U.S. Department of Education will launch an initiative to address the possible inappropriate use of restraint and seclusion in our nation’s schools. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR), in partnership with the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), will oversee this proactive approach which will protect students with disabilities by providing technical assistance and support to schools, districts, and state education agencies, and strengthen enforcement activities.

ED Press Release

01/17/2019


OSEP Releases 2018 IDEA Annual Report to Congress

OSERS Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has released its 40th Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 2018. The report details the progress made toward the provision of a free appropriate public education to all children with disabilities and the provision of early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities.

 2018 IDEA Annual Report to Congress (PDF, 3.5MB)

12/19/2018


OSERS Framework

OSERS Assistant Secretary Johnny Collett has released a framework that highlights the way OSERS will focus its work to advance the Secretary of Education’s priorities and continue to make progress toward achieving its mission to improve early childhood, educational, and employment outcomes and raise expectations for all people with disabilities, their families, their communities, and the nation.

 OSERS Framework (PDF, 213KB)

09/20/2018


OSERS Blog: Rethinking Special Education

As an example of OSERS’ commitment to rethink anything and everything to ensure that it is in the best position to achieve its mission, Assistant Secretary Johnny Collett addressed the need to rethink special education in a new blog. The blog highlights the importance of acknowledging the unique needs of each child and then finding the best ways to prepare each individual for successful careers and a meaningful life.

09/20/2018


 Earlier Spotlight Items

The U.S. Department of Education published in the Federal Register a final rule concerning the Department’s significant disproportionality regulations published December 19, 2016. With this publication, the Department has postponed the compliance date for implementing the significant disproportionality regulations by two years, from July 1, 2018, to July 1, 2020.

The final rule is available at the Federal Register.

07/03/2018


The 2018 IDEA Determinations Fact Sheet provides information about the 2018 state determinations on implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), including the determination category for each state under Part B and Part C, for fiscal year 2016. OSEP will provide links to each state's determination letter and attachments in July, 2018.

 2018 IDEA Determinations Fact Sheet (PDF, 173KB)

 View 2014-2018 SPP/APRs for Part B and Part C

 State Profiles with Part B and Part C SPP/APRs

 

06/26/2018


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OSERS produces and disseminates a wide range of newsletters and topical listservs. Please take the opportunity to sign up for and read these great resources.

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OSERS Mission

To improve early childhood, educational, and employment outcomes and raise expectations
for all people with disabilities, their families, their communities, and the nation.

In implementing this mission, OSERS supports programs that help educate children and youth with disabilities and provides for the rehabilitation of youth and adults with disabilities. OSERS provides a wide array of supports to parents and individuals, school districts and states in two main areas—special education and vocational rehabilitation—through its two main components: OSEP and RSA.

OSERS Vision

All Americans with disabilities will live and thrive with their disabilities in their own communities.

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