Stakeholder holding a giant magnifying glass up to his eyeSpotlight on: Minding Your State’s Business

Upon the subject of education … I can only say that I view it as
the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in..
~Abraham Lincoln

Summer greetings! We hope everyone had a great 4th of July and is finding time to catch up with themselves and their loved ones.

We’d prefer not to bring up the pile of work that always needs doing, but summer can offer Parent Centers the opportunity to pursue important state and local matters, such as attending and speaking out at public-input meetings, getting up to date on state plans to implement ESSA, and joining with others in grassroots efforts to support systems change. Whoever said we should mind our own business wasn’t referring to Parent Centers!

All our best to you, as always,

The CPIR Team | Debra, Lisa, Jessica, Ana-Maria, and Myriam

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Minding Your State’s Business

There is so much going on right now in each of our states: State plans for implementing ESSA, State Determination Letters from OSEP, discussions and decision making that affect our children, especially those with disabilities. Keeping up with all the action is critical, but it’s challenging. Here are some resources we hope will help.

State Websites/Plans on ESSA | Find yours!
The Council of Chief State School Officer (CCSSO) offers a list of state ESSA websites/ESSA plans. See what your state is up to, what has already been proposed, and what’s next.

Implementing IDEA: How’s Your State Doing?
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) released its State Determination Letters for 2017. Find out if your state meets requirements for implementing Parts B and C of IDEA, needs assistance, or needs intervention.

Directory of State Early Learning Contacts | June 2017
Are early learning initiatives on your priority list? Find out the many contact people for your state’s initiatives and plans for early learning programs from birth to the 3rd grade-Part C, Title 1, home visiting, and more. From Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO).

Check State Plans
Have a look at these analyses identifying best practices in 17 state accountability plans submitted in April and May 2017 to the U.S. Department of Education. CheckStatePlans.org provides indepth information on how these plans advance educational opportunities in innovative ways for all students, and where some fall short.

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Request for Public Input

Important Alert for Parent Centers!

The Department of Education has published a Federal Register notice to provide the public with the opportunity to submit comments concerning regulations and policy guidance they would recommend that the Department repeal, replace, or modify. This includes regulations under Title 34 Code of Federal Regulations (Education), ED’s significance guidance documents (such as Dear Colleague Letters and policy letters), and the newly redesigned IDEA site.

This request is in response to Trump’s Executive Order 13777 (February 2017), which requires evaluation of existing regulations.

Public comments are due by August 21, 2017.

Read more here about the Executive Order and what it coversand about how to submit your comments.

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Of Special Note from the Department of Education

The Buzz isn’t long enough to cover all that’s happening at the U.S. Department of Education or OSEP, but here’s a heads-up about two items of particular note.

Technical Changes to IDEA-Final Regulations Released
On June 30, 2017, the Department published final regulations under Parts B and C of IDEA. These final regulations make conforming changes needed to implement amendments made to IDEA by ESSA. Want to know what’s been changed? Have a look at OSEP’s summary chart.

ESSA Consolidated State Plan FAQs
ESSA provides states with flexibility in how it will implement the law. Each state must submit a consolidated state plan, which the Department then reviews; this process is underway. This FAQ (released June 16th) explains the review process, who is involved, and what the Department’s responsibilities are with respect to providing states with feedback and suggestions and making determinations as to whether a state’s plan has met ESSA requirements.

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The CPIR hopes that you’ve found useful and relevant resources listed in this month’s Buzz from the Hub. Please feel free to write to the editor, Lisa Küpper, at lkupper@fhi360.org to suggest the types of resources you’d like to see in the future. CPIR is listening! Your input is extremely valuable to helping us to craft newsletters that support your work with families.

Debra, Myriam, Jessica, Ana-Maria, and Lisa
The CPIR Team

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Publication of this eNewsletter is made possible through Cooperative Agreement H328R130014 between OSEP and the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN). The contents do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government or by the Center for Parent Information and Resources.