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Comments Needed Now To Support Draft IDEA Regulations

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2005 9:56 am    Post subject: Comments Needed Now To Support Draft IDEA Regulations Reply with quote

This is important to do especially if you have a special needs child. It is important for all of us to do to keep the government out of our homes. Of course this is geared towards those who use classical homeschooling, traditional homeschooling, and unschooling. So, I ask that you take action.

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...
Comments Needed Now To Support Draft IDEA Regulations

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Under the current regulations, Local Education Agencies (LEAs) believe that they are required to pursue an initial evaluation of a non-public school special needs child even when the parent(s) object to an evaluation. During the past six years, LEAs have regularly overstepped their bounds, but over the next 10 days we have a rare opportunity to
permanently stop the abuse by LEA's.

The Department of Education has released new regulations governing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and your letters and emails of support are needed in order to convince the Department that homeschoolers desire the right to refuse initial evaluations.

Action Requested:

Please submit your comments in support of the recently proposed regulations via email or letter. In a series of meetings across the country, the Department of Education is looking to hear from you about these new regulations. Unfortunately, a great deal of opposition will arise against these proposed regulations. We have already heard that Senator Edward Kennedy (MA) is upset about the protections given to private and homeschooled students. It is imperative that we act in a unified voice in favor of the preamble to the regulations in order to thwart efforts of those who desire to see this language removed from the final version. The more letters and comments the Department receives, the louder our voice will be heard.

Please contact the Department of Education immediately and urge them to keep the proposed regulations currently under consideration. You only need to send a paragraph or two supporting the regulation's preamble which protects parental rights and prohibits unwanted government intrusion by barring the school from conducting initial evaluations of private and homeschooled students without the parent's
permission. Two samples can be found below. However, please use your own words as much as possible.

Separate letters will be much more persuasive to the regulators. If you are a parent of a special needs child, be sure to include this fact in your comments.

The Department's email is IDEAcomments@ed.gov (you must include "IDEA-Part B" in the subject line) and any letters should be addressed to:

Troy R. Justesen
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Potomac Center Plaza, Room 5126
Washington, DC 20202-2641
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