From: Cyral Miller <cyralm@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: April 28, 2020 at 9:32:10 AM CDT
To: AVIT <alliancevit@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [AVIT] IDEA requirements upheld!
Breaking News of the positive kind!
ED Secretary DeVos did not ask for Congressional waivers to IDEA
U.S. Education Department Secretary Betsy DeVos did not recommend any
additional waivers concerning FAPE and LRE requirements under the IDEA due
to the COVID-19 national emergency.
DeVos was requested by Congress in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and
Economic Security Act, Pub. L. No. 116-136, to determine whether
flexibility was needed in federal education laws for state and local
education agencies during this pandemic. In her report, she stated there is
no reason that a student's access to FAPE cannot continue online, through
distance education or other alternative strategies.
The report did recommend that Part B transition timelines should be
extended to allow young children with disabilities to remain in the Part C
(early childhood) system until their Part B evaluation can be completed,
even if that is after they turn three.
Action on any recommendations made in the report will need to be approved
by Congress and President Trump.
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