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OSEP Policy Documents Regarding the Education of Infants, Toddlers, Children and Youth with Disabilities: Responsibilities of the Office of Special Education Programs

Responsibilities of the Office of Special Education Programs

Note: Letters issued prior to December 3, 2004, may not be consistent with the IDEA, as revised by P.L. 108-446. Letters issued prior to August 14, 2006 may not be consistent with the final regulations for Part B published on that date at 71 Federal Register 46540. Readers are advised to consult with the current statute and final regulations.

Section 607 Reports as published in the Federal Register.


Redacted letter
August 15, 2003
Topic: Responsibilities of the Office of Special Education Programs

Letter clarifying that Part B of the IDEA does not provide for the Office of Special Education Programs' review of individual state level complaint decisions or due process hearings, clarifying the procedures for requesting and amending school records, and clarifying the Department's responsibility to monitor a state's compliance with the IDEA.
MS Word (25KB) | PDF (84KB)


Letter to Jeff Rosen, Esq.
April 16, 2003
Topic: Responsibilities of the Office of Special Education Programs

Letter regarding the efforts of the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to focus its monitoring system on better outcomes for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities and their families.
MS Word (47KB) | PDF (400KB)


Letter to Chief State School Officers and Lead Agency Directors
April 8, 2003
Topic: Responsibilities of the Office of Special Education Programs

Letter regarding OSEP's implementation of the Continuous Improvement and Focused Monitoring System to target resources on those performance issues most closely related to improved results for children with disabilities and to those states most in need of improvement on those performance issues.
MS Word (665KB) | PDF (1.1MB)



Letter to Honorable Patsy T. Mink
January 18, 2002
Topic: Responsibilities of the Office of Special Education Programs

Letter clarifying that the U.S. Department of Education is not responsible for monitoring court-ordered decrees and explaining the discretionary grant awards process.
MS Word (77KB) | PDF (101KB)

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