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2005 Policy Letters
This page contains policy letters issued during 2005 listed in chronological order.

 2005

December 14, 2005 Letter to Chief State School Officers.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
SECTION OF IDEA: Other Letters that Do Not Interpret the IDEA but May Be of Interest to Readers
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November 4, 2005 Letter to Florida State Department of Health Bureau chief for Early Interventions Janice Kane.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Early Intervention Programs
SECTION OF IDEA: Part C—Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities; Section 615—Procedural Safeguards
PDF (174KB) | Word (30KB)


November 4, 2005 Letter to Louisiana Office of Public Health Children's Special Health Services Program Manager Linda Pippins.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Early Intervention Programs
SECTION OF IDEA: Part C—Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities; Section 615—Procedural Safeguards
PDF (166KB) | Word (27KB)


November 4, 2005 Letter to Mississippi Department of Health First Steps Early Intervention Program Coordinator Danita Munday.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Early Intervention Programs
SECTION OF IDEA: Part C—Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities; Section 615—Procedural Safeguards
PDF (132KB) | Word (25KB)


October 25, 2005 Letter to Mississippi State Department of Education Bureau Director Melody Bounds.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Individualized Education Programs
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 612—State Eligibility.
PDF (120KB) | Word (27KB)


October 25, 2005 Letter to Louisiana State Department Education Assistant Superintendent Dr. Robin Jarvis
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Individualized Education Programs
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 612—State Eligibility
PDF (134KB) | Word (28KB)


October 25, 2005 Letter to Texas Education Agency IDEA Coordinator Kathy Clayton.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Smooth Transition to the Implementation of the 2004 Amendments to the IDEA
SECTION OF IDEA: Other Letters that Do Not Interpret the IDEA but May Be of Interest to Readers
PDF (95KB) | Word (24KB)


October 25, 2005 Letter to Texas Education Agency IDEA Coordinator Kathy Clayton.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Smooth Transition to the Implementation of the 2004 Amendments to the IDEA
SECTION OF IDEA: Other Letters that Do Not Interpret the IDEA but May Be of Interest to Readers
PDF (95KB) | Word (24KB)


October 21, 2005 Letter to Chief State School Officers
TOPIC ADDRESSED: No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
SECTION OF IDEA: Other Letters that Do Not Interpret the IDEA but May Be of Interest to Readers
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October 12, 2005 Letter to Iowa Department of Education Program Consultant-Medicaid Dann Stevens.
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 7, 2005 to Virginia Attorney B. Alan McGraw, Esq.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Protection of Education Records 
SECTION OF IDEA: Other Letters That Do Not Interpret the IDEA But May Be of Interest to Readers
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September 26, 2005 Letter to Hawaii Department of Education Special Education Director Dr. Paul Ban.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Charter Schools
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 613—Local Educaitonal Agency Eligibility
PDF (243KB) | Word (46KB)


September 21, 2005 Letter to Louisiana Superintendent of Education Cecil J. Picard.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Maintenance of State Financial Support
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 612—State Eligibility
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September 21, 2005 Letter to Texas Commissioner of Education Shirley Neeley.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Evaluation
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 612—State Eligibility
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September 13, 2005 Letter to Carroll Independent School District (Grapevine, Texas) Superintendent Gary S. Mathews.
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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August 9, 2005 Letter to Virgin Islands Educational Consultant Eleanor Hirsh
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Evaluation
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 612—State Eligibility
PDF (183KB) | Word (35KB)


July 28, 2005 Letter to Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina Commissioner Bill James.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Student Discipline
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 615—Procedural Safeguards
PDF (280KB) | Word (33KB)


July 25, 2005 Letter to Dear Colleague.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: State Administration
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 611—Authorization; Allotment; Use of Funds; Authorization of Appropriations.
PDF (109KB) | Word (25KB)


June 27, 2005 OSEP Memorandum 05-09
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Children With Disabilities Placed in Private Schools by Their Parents
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 612—State Eligibility
PDF (168KB) | MS Word (27KB)


June 22, 2005 Letter to New Mexico Public Education Department Director of Special Education Denise Koscielniak.
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 (127KB) | MS Word (27KB)


June 20, 2005 Letter to New York State Education Department Deputy Commissioner Dr. Rebecca Cort.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Allocation 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 (63KB) | MS Word (22KB)


June 7, 2005 Letter to Washington Infant and Toddler Early Intervention Program Director Sandy L. Morris.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Natural Environments
SECTION OF IDEA: Part C—Infants and Toddlers With Disabilities; Section 636—Individualized Family Service Plan
PDF (127KB) | MS Word (27KB)


June 3, 2005 Letter to Arizona Attorney Mary Ellen Simonson.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Charter Schools
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 613—Local Educational Agency Eligibility
PDF (280KB) | MS Word (33KB)


May 5, 2005 Letter to Guam Associate Superintendent of Education Vincent T. Leon Guerrero.
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 (79KB) | MS Word (23KB)


April 5, 2005 Letter to Louisiana Department of Education Superintendent of Education Cecil J. Picard.
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 (253KB) | MS Word (31KB)


March 18, 2005 Letter to Individual (personally identifiable information redacted).
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Manifestation Determination Review
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 615—Procedural Safeguards
PDF (115KB) | MS Word (32KB)


March 17, 2005 OSEP Memorandum 05-08.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Free Appropriate Public Education
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 612—State Eligibility
PDF (81KB) | MS Word (27KB)


March 9, 2005 OSEP Memorandum 05-07.
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 (75KB) | MS Word (22KB)


March 2, 2005 Letter to Austin Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Pascal D. Forgione, Jr.
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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February 28, 2005 Letter to Massachusetts Advocate Kristen Serwecki.
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 (115KB) | MS Word (32KB)


February 17, 2005 Letter to Maine Department of Education Office of Special Services Director David Noble Stockford.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Children in Private Schools
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 612—State Eligibility
PDF (115KB) | MS Word (32KB)


January 28, 2005 Memorandum to Chief State School Officers.
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Extension of Liquidation Periods for Grantees under State Administered Programs
SECTION OF IDEA: Other Letters that Do Not Interpret the IDEA But May Be of Interest to Readers
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