The New York State Board of Regents has approved regulations that establish an important new exiting credential for students with disabilities. Beginning with the 2013-14 school year and thereafter, students with disabilities will be able to earn a New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential. This credential will recognize each individual student's preparation and skills for post-school employment. More information is available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/CDOScredential-memo-613.htm. Please share as appropriate.
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