The approved NYS Budget did not include the controversial mandate relief proposal that would have allowed local school districts, private schools, and BOCES to request waivers from any special education requirement (e.g. removal of the school psychologist as a mandated member of the CSE). NYASP has been a strong advocate of maintaining protections and provisions within special education mandates, some of which may exceed federal IDEA requirements. Many of NYS special education mandates are designed to protect the rights of students and families, as well as represent good educational practices. NYASP participated in the budget development process and advanced the need for the legislature to be sensitive these protections.
NYASP is pleased with the final outcome of this process. However, we are aware that some school districts are under the false assumption that special education mandate relief has been approved and that “school psychologists are no longer mandated members of the CSE.” It is important to inform all administrators that these changes have NOT been approved. Please refer any questions on special education mandate relief to James Dilorenzo, NYSED Assistant Commissioner, Special Education, (518) 474-3862
The P-12: Office of Special Education recently issued a memorandum providing information on a recent amendment to federal regulations relating to a district's responsibility to obtain parental consent prior to billing Medicaid or other public insurance benefits for special education services. 34 CFR section 300.154(d), implementing IDEA, was amended effective March 18, 2013 to simplify procedures for district access to public benefits while at the same time continue to protect family rights. More information can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/parentconsent-publicbenefits.htm
New York State's Annual State Application
Under Part B of IDEA for Federal Fiscal Year 2013 has been posted for public review for 60 days. Written public comment will be accepted for 30 calendar days as required by federal law, starting February 27, 2013 until March 29, 2013.
The Common Core Toolkit for Parents and Families
is a collection of materials and resources that will help parents and families understand the New York State Common Core implementation. We encourage schools and districts to leverage these resources when reaching out to parents on this important work. In particular, this link includes everything needed
to plan a training or series of trainings to help parents understand college readiness and the Common Core standards. The links on this page include planning tools, documents, and agendas to help prepare for and execute a successful Common Core parent night.
On February 14, 2013, the US Department of Education published in the Federal Register IDEA Part B final regulations that change the requirements in 34 CFR 300.154(d) related to parental consent to access public benefits or insurance (e.g., Medicaid). Previously, public agencies were required to obtain parental consent each time access to public benefits or insurance was sought. These final regulations, which take effect on March 18, 2013, will make it easier for school districts to access public benefits while still protecting family rights.