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2003 Policy Letters
This page contains policy letters issued during 2003 listed in chronological order.

December 24, 2003 to Attorney Leigh M. Manasevit.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Condition of Assistance
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 612—State Eligibility
PDF (81KB) | MS Word (27KB)


December 18, 2003 to Texas Education Agency Associate Commissioner Susan Barnes.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Charter Schools
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 613—Local Educational Agency Eligibility
PDF (68KB) | MS Word (24KB)


December 10, 2003 to individuals (personally identifiable information redacted).
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Procedural Safeguards
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 612—State Eligibility
PDF (84KB) | MS Word (25KB)


December 10, 2003 to individual (personally identifiable information redacted).
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Due Process
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 615—Procedural Safeguards
PDF (79KB) | MS Word (24KB)


November 18, 2003 to Florida Department of Education Director of Special Education Shan Goff.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Use of Funds
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 611—Authorization; Allotment; Use of Funds; Authorization of Appropriations
PDF (75KB) | MS Word (22KB)


November 10, 2003 to Harmony Community School Executive Director David Nordyke.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Charter Schools
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 613—Local Educational Agency Eligibility
PDF (151KB) | MS Word (36KB)


November 6, 2003 to Connecticut Part C Coordinator Linda Goodman.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Evaluations
SECTION OF IDEA: Part C—Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities; Section 634—Eligibility
PDF (144KB) | MS Word (30KB)


November 4, 2003 to New Jersey Department of Education Director of Special Education Barbara Gantwerk.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Least Restrictive Environment
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 612—State Eligibility
PDF (63KB) | MS Word (31KB)


October 31, 2003 to individual (personally identifiable information redacted).
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Confidentiality of Education Records
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 612—State Eligibility
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October 27, 2003 to California State Director of Special Education Alice Parker.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Procedural Safeguards
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 612—State Eligibility
 PDF (115KB) | MS Word (32K)


October 24, 2003 to New Jersey Statewide Parent Advocacy Network Executive Director Diana MTK Autin.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: State Educational Agency General Supervisory Authority
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 612—State Eligibility
 PDF (84KB) | MS Word (26K)


October 24, 2003 to Connecticut Part C Coordinator Linda Goodman.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Eligibility Criteria
SECTION OF IDEA: Part C—Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities; Section 635—Requirements for Statewide System
PDF (82KB) | MS Word (25KB)


October 24, 2003 to New Jersey Commissioner of Education William L. Librera.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: State Educational Agency General Supervisory Authority
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 612—State Eligibility
PDF (102KB) | MS Word (26KB)


October 17, 2003 to U.S. Congressman Ruben Hinojosa.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Procedural Safeguards
SECTION OF IDEA: Other Letters that Do Not Interpret the IDEA But May Be of Interest to Readers
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October 2, 2003 to Daniel W. Morse, Esq.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Individualized Education Programs
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 614—Evaluations, Eligibility Determinations, Individualized Education Programs, and Educational Placements
PDF (136KB) | MS Word (27KB)


September 9, 2003 to North Dakota State Director of Special Education Robert Rutten.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Procedural Safeguards
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 612—State Eligibility
PDF (63KB) | MS Word (31KB)


September 5, 2003 to Hofstra University Professor Frank G. Bowe.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Evaluations and Reevaluations
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 614—Evaluations, Eligibility Determinations, Individualized Education Programs, and Educational Placements
PDF (79KB) | MS Word (24KB)


September 3, 2003 to U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Evaluations and Reevaluations
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 614—Evaluations, Eligibility Determinations, Individualized Education Programs, and Educational Placements
PDF (144KB) | MS Word (30KB)


August 28, 2003 to Chief State School Officers.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Free Appropriate Public Education
SECTION OF IDEA: Other Letters that Do Not Interpret the IDEA But May Be of Interest to Readers
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August 28, 2003 to Fort Thomas Kentucky Independent Schools Assistant Superintendent Rita Byrd.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Individualized Education Programs
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 614—Evaluations, Eligibility Determinations, Individualized Education Programs, and Educational Placements
PDF (82KB) | MS Word (25KB)


August 28, 2003 to individual (personally identifiable information redacted).
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Individualized Education Programs
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 614—Evaluations, Eligibility Determinations, Individualized Education Programs, and Educational Placements
PDF (99KB) | MS Word (28KB)


August 22, 2003 to National School Transportation Association Regulatory Liaison Robin L. Leeds and National Association for Pupil Transportation Executive Director Michael J. Martin.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Special Education and Related Services
SECTION OF IDEA: Part A—General Provisions; Section 602—Definitions
PDF (75KB) | MS Word (22KB)


August 22, 2003 OSEP memorandum 03-10.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Special Education and Related Services
SECTION OF IDEA: Part A—General Provisions; Section 602—Definitions
PDF (81KB) | MS Word (27KB)


August 19, 2003 to Children's Advocacy Network of Florida Founder Beth Davis-Wellington.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Free Appropriate Public Education
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 612—State Eligibility
PDF (124KB) | MS Word (31KB)


August 19, 2003 to individual (personally identifiable information redacted).
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Procedural Safeguards
SECTION OF IDEA: Part C—Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities; Section 635—Requirements for Statewide System
PDF (204KB) | MS Word (43KB)


August 19, 2003 to Vermont Department of Education Legal Counsel Geoffrey A. Yudien.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Free Appropriate Public Education for Eligible Youth with Disabilities Incarcerated in Adult Prisons
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 612—State Eligibility
PDF (119KB) | MS Word (30KB)


August 19, 2003 to Children's Advocacy Network of Florida Founder Beth Davis-Wellington.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Free Appropriate Public Education
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 612—State Eligibility
  PDF (124KB) | MS Word (31K)


August 15, 2003 to individual (personally identifiable information redacted).
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Responsibilities of the Office of Special Education Programs
SECTION OF IDEA: Part A—General Provisions; Section 603—Office of Special Education Programs
PDF (84KB) | MS Word (25KB)


August 8, 2003 to New York State Education Department Deputy Commissioner Lawrence C. Gloeckler.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Charter Schools
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 613—Local Educational Agency Eligibility
PDF (136KB) | MS Word (27KB)


August 1, 2003 to Washington State Audit Manager Brad White.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Maintenance of Effort
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 612—State Eligibility
PDF (68KB) | MS Word (24KB)


August 1, 2003 to Vermont Department of Education Legal Counsel Geoffrey A. Yudien.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Manifestation Determination Review
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 615—Procedural Safeguards
  PDF (117KB) | MS Word (28K)


July 28, 2003 to Chief State School Officers.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Personnel Standards
SECTION OF IDEA: Other Letters that Do Not Interpret the IDEA But May Be of Interest to Readers
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July 25, 2003 to individual (personally identifiable information redacted).
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Individualized Education Programs
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 614—Evaluations, Eligibility Determinations, Individualized Education Programs, and Educational Placements
PDF (138KB) | MS Word (31KB)


July 23, 2003 to individual (personally identifiable information redacted).
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Least Restrictive Environment
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 612—State Eligibility
PDF (84KB) | MS Word (26KB)


July 14, 2003 to New Hampshire Disabilities Rights Center Executive Director Dr. Richard Cohen.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Participation of Children With Disabilities in State and District-Wide Assessments
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 612—State Eligibility
PDF (151KB) | MS Word (36KB)


July 10, 2003 to New Hampshire State Director of Special Education Mary J. Ford.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Surrogate Parents
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 615—Procedural Safeguards
PDF (81KB) | MS Word (27KB)


July 2, 2003 to Chief State School Officers.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Confidentiality of Education Records
SECTION OF IDEA: Other Letters that Do Not Interpret the IDEA But May Be of Interest to Readers
PDF (27KB) | MS Word (125K)


July 1, 2003 to individual (personally identifiable information redacted).
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Least Restrictive Environment
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 612—State Eligibility
PDF (102KB) | MS Word (26KB)


July 1, 2003 OSEP memorandum 08-3.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Distribution of Funds
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 611—Authorization; Allotment; Use of Funds; Authorization of Appropriations
PDF (115KB) | MS Word (32KB)


June 30, 2003 to individual (personally identifiable information redacted).
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Child With a Disability
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 602—Definitions
PDF (99KB) | MS Word (25KB)


June 30, 2003 to individual (personally identifiable information redacted).
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Early Intervention Services
SECTION OF IDEA: Part C—Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities; Section 636—Individualized Family Service Plan
PDF (73KB) | MS Word (33KB)


June 27, 2003 to individual (personally identifiable information redacted).
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Free Appropriate Public Education
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 612—State Eligibility
PDF (220KB) | MS Word (30KB)


June 26, 2003 to Maryland Department of Education Assistant State Superintendent Carol Ann Baglin.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Evaluations and Reevaluations
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 614—Evaluations, Eligibility Determinations, Individualized Education Programs, and Educational Placements
PDF (139KB) | MS Word (27KB)


June 26, 2003 to individual (personally identifiable information redacted).
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Participation of Children With Disabilities in State and District-Wide Assessments
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 612—State Eligibility
PDF (643KB) | MS Word (54KB)


June 26, 2003 to Maryland Disability Law Center Managing Attorney Leslie S. Margolis.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Least Restrictive Environment
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 612—State Eligibility
PDF (132KB) | MS Word (25KB)


June 25, 2003 to individual (personally identifiable information redacted).
TOPIC ADDRESSED: State Educational Agency General Supervisory Authority
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 612—State Eligibility
PDF (139KB) | MS Word (23KB)


June 4, 2003 to individual (personally identifiable information redacted).
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Individualized Education Programs
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 614—Evaluations, Eligibility Determinations, Individualized Education Programs, and Educational Placements
PDF (334KB) | MS Word (23KB)


March 17, 2003 to New Hampshire Department of Education Consultant Terry Brune.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Manifestation Determination Review
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 615—Procedural Safeguards
PDF (138KB) | MS Word (28KB)


April 16, 2003 to National Council on Disability General Counsel Jeff Rosen.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Responsibilities of the Office of Special Education Programs
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 603—Office of Special Education Programs
PDF (400KB) | MS Word (47KB)


April 15, 2003 OSEP memorandum 03-7.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Allocation of Grants
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 611—Authorization; Allotment; Use of Funds; Authorization of Appropriations; Section 619—Preschool Grants
PDF (99KB) | MS Word (64KB)


April 15, 2003 OSEP memorandum 03-6.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: State Interagency Coordinating Council
SECTION OF IDEA: Part C—Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities; Section 641—State Interagency Coordinating Council
PDF (142KB) | MS Word (27KB)


April 10, 2003 to New York State Education Department Deputy Commissioner Lawrence Gloeckler.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Evaluations and Reevaluations
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 614—Evaluations, Eligibility Determinations, Individualized Education Programs, and Educational Placements
PDF (286KB) | MS Word (34KB)


April 8, 2003 OSEP memorandum 03-5.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Responsibilities of the Office of Special Education Programs
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 603—Office of Special Education Programs
PDF (1.1MB) | MS Word (665KB)


April 4, 2003 to Hawaii Department of Education Special Education Director Debra Farmer.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Charter Schools
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 613—Local Educational Agency Eligibility
PDF (163KB) | MS Word (29KB)


April 2, 2003 to Sonja D. Kerr, Esq.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Individualized Education Programs
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 614—Evaluations, Eligibility Determinations, Individualized Education Programs, and Educational Placements
PDF (97KB) | MS Word (23KB)


March 25, 2003 to American Samoa Special Education Division Director Moeolo Vaatausili.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Use of Funds
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 611—Authorization; Allotment; Use of Funds; Authorization of Appropriations; Section 619—Preschool Grants
PDF (69KB) | MS Word (37KB)


March 25, 2003 to Connecticut Birth to Three System Director Linda Goodman.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Early Intervention Services
SECTION OF IDEA: Part C—Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities; Section 636—Individualized Family Service Plan
PDF (73KB) |
MS Word (33KB)


March 24, 2003 to Connecticut Commissioner of Education Theodore S. Sergi.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: State Education Agency General Supervisory Authority
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 612—State Eligibility
PDF (183KB) | MS Word (47KB)


March 21, 2003 to Louisiana Department of Education Director Virginia Beridon.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Use of Funds
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 611—Authorization; Allotment; Use of Funds; Authorization of Appropriations; Section 619—Preschool Grants
PDF (113KB) | MS Word (46KB)


March 20, 2003 to Vermont Department of Education Legal Counsel Geoffrey A. Yudien.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Evaluations and Reevaluations
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 614—Evaluations, Eligibility Determinations, Individualized Education Programs, and Educational Placements
PDF (88KB) | MS Word (63KB)


March 20, 2003 to Arkansas Volunteer Educational Advocate David Young.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Independent Educational Evaluations
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 615—Procedural Safeguards
PDF (108KB) | MS Word (55KB)


March 17, 2003 to New Hampshire Department of Education Consultant Terry Brune.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Manifestation Determination Review
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 615—Procedural Safeguards
PDF (138KB) | MS Word (28KB)


March 13, 2003 to South Carolina Part C Coordinator David K. Steele.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Early Intervention Services
SECTION OF IDEA: Part C—Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities; Section 636—Individualized Family Service Plan
PDF (108KB) | MS Word (55KB)


March 11, 2003 to Vermont Department of Education Legal Counsel Geoffrey A. Yudien.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Surrogate Parents
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 615—Procedural Safeguards
PDF (104KB) | MS Word (34KB)


March 6, 2003 to individual (personally identifiable information redacted).
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Procedural Safeguards
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 612—State Eligibility
PDF (121KB) | MS Word (52KB)


February 26, 2003 to Vermont Director of Special Education Dennis Kane.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Procedural Safeguards
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 612—State Eligibility
PDF (77KB) | MS Word (57KB)


February 14, 2003 to Bergen County, New Jersey Freeholder Louis A. Tedesco.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Confidentiality of Education Records
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 612—State Eligibility
PDF (101KB) | MS Word (77KB)


February 11, 2003 to New Jersey Director of Special Education Barbara Gantwerk.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Evaluations and Reevaluations
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 614—Evaluations, Eligibility Determinations, Individualized Education Programs, and Educational Placements
PDF (104KB) | MS Word (34KB)


February 4, 2003 to West Virginia Advocate Susan Given.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Individualized Education Programs
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 614—Evaluations, Eligibility Determinations, Individualized Education Programs, and Educational Placements
PDF (73KB) | MS Word (33KB)




   
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