Proposed Grant Application by Department of Education under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for Federal Fiscal Year 2011
[40 Pa.B. 7375]
[Saturday, December 25, 2010]
Public comment is invited regarding the Department of Education's (Department) proposed grant application under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA-B). The annual grant application provides assurances that the Commonwealth's policies and procedures in effect are consistent with the Federal requirements to ensure that a free appropriate public education is made available to all children with a disability from 3 to 21 years of age, including children who have been suspended or expelled from school. The current policies and procedures are available for viewing at http://www.education.state.pa.us (go to ''Programs,'' go to ''Programs S-Z,'' go to ''Special Education,'' go to ''Funding Sources,'' go to IDEA Policies and Procedures 2009).
Section 300.165 of 34 CFR (relating to public participation) requires that the State provide notice, opportunity for public comment and conduct public hearings. Each state must publish the proposed IDEA-B application and current policies and procedures related to IDEA-B. Copies of the proposed grant application and the current policies and procedures are available by viewing the documents on http://www.pattan.net/regsforms/IDEA2004.aspx. Alternative formats of the documents (such as, Braille, large print, cassette tape) can be made available to members of the public upon request. Moreover, public comment for the disabled is welcomed in alternative formats such as Braille, taped comments and telephone comments. Persons who are disabled and wish to submit comments by telephone, contact Beth Runkle, (717) 783-2311.
Written comments will be received until April 29, 2011. The written comments should be directed to Jean B. Inskip or Dr. Ronald Wells, Special Education Advisers, Bureau of Special Education, Department of Education, 333 Market Street, 7th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333.
Additionally, opportunity for verbal testimony will be held by the Department, Bureau of Special Education, for individuals wishing to present oral testimony on the proposed IDEA-B application and the current policies and procedures. One written copy of oral testimony at the time of presentation would be appreciated. Presentations should be limited to 15 minutes.
Dates, locations and times for oral testimony regarding the proposed grant application and revised policies and procedures are as follows:
February 28, 2011 PaTTAN—Pittsburgh
3190 William Pitt Way
(4 p.m.—6 p.m.)
March 2, 2011 PaTTAN—Harrisburg
6340 Flank Drive
(4 p.m.—6 p.m.)
March 14, 2011 PaTTAN—King of Prussia
200 Anderson Road
King of Prussia, PA
(4 p.m.—6 p.m.)
To schedule an opportunity to present oral testimony, or persons with a disability and wish to attend the public testimony and require an accommodation to participate in the proceedings, call Beth Runkle at (717) 783-2311 no later than February 18, 2011.
Following receipt of all written and oral comments, the Department will consider all comments and make any necessary modifications to the current grant application and to the current policies and procedures before submission of the grant application to the Secretary of the United States Department of Education.
THOMAS E. GLUCK,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 10-2462. Filed for public inspection December 23, 2010, 9:00 a.m.]
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