Category Archives: Dear Colleague Letters

OSEP Dear Colleague Letters provide information, guidance and clarification regarding implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

OSEP Dear Colleague Letter on Ensuring Equity and Providing Behavioral Supports to Students with Disabilities

Emphasizes the requirement that schools provide positive behavioral supports to students with disabilities who need them. It also clarifies that the repeated use of disciplinary actions may suggest that children with disabilities may not be receiving appropriate behavioral interventions and supports.
August 1, 2016
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OSEP Dear Colleague Letter on Speech and Language Services for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

It has come to our attention that there are concerns in the field regarding services delivered to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In particular, the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has received reports that a growing number of children with ASD may not be receiving needed speech and language services, and that speech-language pathologists and other appropriate professionals may not be included in evaluation and eligibility determinations under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B, or in meetings to develop the individualized education program (IEP) or individualized family service plan (IFSP) under both Parts B and C of IDEA. … Read the rest

OSEP Dear Colleague Letter on Use of Due Process Procedures After a Parent Has Filed a State Complaint

Improving results and achieving better outcomes for children with disabilities is an important goal for all of us. However, even where informal attempts to resolve differences are made, parents and public agencies may be unable to reach agreement on important matters when determining how to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to children with disabilities. … Read the rest

OSEP Dear Colleague Letter on Meeting the Communication Needs of Students with Hearing, Vision, or Speech Disabilities

Students with disabilities, like all students, must be provided the opportunity to fully participate in our public schools. A critical aspect of participation is communication with others. We have enclosed a document, entitled “Frequently Asked Questions on Effective Communication for Students with Hearing, Vision, or Speech Disabilities in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools” (FAQs), which explains the responsibility of public schools to ensure that communication with students with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities is as effective as communication with all other students
November 12, 2014. … Read the rest

OSEP Letter to CSSOs on School Lunch Program

Dear Chief State School Officer: I am writing to remind you of an important opportunity for the upcoming school year and provide guidance on the potential impact of changes in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)1 on the allocation of Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA Part B) funds to local educational agencies (LEAs). … Read the rest

OSEP Dear Colleague Letter to CSSOs on LEA MOE

United States Department of Education Office of Special Education And Rehabilitative Services March 13, 2014 Dear Chief State School Officer: The purpose of this letter is to inform you of a provision in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 (Appropriations Act) signed by the President on January 17, 2014.  That provision is related to the requirement in Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (Part B, or IDEA) that local educational agencies (LEAs) maintain the level of local, or State and local, expenditures for the education of children with disabilities (frequently referred to as LEA maintenance of effort or LEA MOE) (see IDEA section 613(a)(2)(A)(iii) and 34 CFR §300.203[1]).   … Read the rest