Before releasing model forms and guides for public use, the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) Special Education Services department is required to provide the general public with an opportunity to comment on the proposed forms or guides. Federal regulations, at 34 C.F.R. 300.165, specify that prior to the adoption of any policies and procedures needed to comply with the IDEA, the State must ensure that there are opportunities for comment available to the general public, including individuals with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities. In its Analysis of Comments and Changes to the federal regulations, the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) stated that the public participation requirements, specified in 34 C.F.R. 300.165, apply when a state education agency develops model forms (Federal Register, August 14, 2006, p. 46699-46700).
KSDE uses public comment as a valuable resource in an effort to develop the very best model forms and guides for Kansas schools. These proposed documents will be posted on the KSDE web site for public comment for at least 30 days. The public may comment on the proposed documents during the comment period by: (a) submitting a letter addressed to: Kansas State Department of Education, Special Education Services Team - Public Comment, 900 SW Jackson St., Topeka, KS 66612; (b) sending an email addressed to SESPublicComments@ksde.org; (c) attending a public hearing held during the comment period.
The Kansas State Department of Education is now accepting comment on the Annual State Application Under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as Amended in 2004 for Federal Fiscal Year 2023. The state application consists of the required assurances and certification. The Special Education and Title Services Team of the Kansas State Department of Education will accept written comments through May 23, 2023. Comments may be sent by email to SESPublicComments@ksde.org with the subject “Annual State Application”, or by US mail to the Special Education & Title Services Team, Kansas State Department of Education, 900 SW Jackson Street, Suite 620 Topeka, Kansas 66612.
The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) seeks public input on the KSDE’s proposed definition of “high-need LEA” pursuant to the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA), providing funding for competitive subgrants through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), Title IV-A, Section 4108, to high need local educational agencies (LEAs), for activities to support safe and healthy students.
The KSDE proposes to define “high-need LEA”, as that term is used in BSCA, as an LEA having a combination of high disciplinary exclusions or high poverty levels. This definition of “high-need LEA” is limited in scope to applicability under the BSCA, and does not modify or replace the term, as used in other state or federal programs.
A 30-day public comment period began on March 1, 2023. You may send written comments on the proposed waiver to: SESPublicComments@ksde.org or Kansas State Department of Education, Special Education and Title Services Team, 900 SW Jackson Street, Suite 620 Topeka, KS 66612.
On June 7, 2021, the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) submitted the state’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) – Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Plan to the U.S. Department of Education. KSDE seeks ongoing input from the public on the state’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) – Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Plan.
You may submit comments via e-mail to: ESSER@ksde.org.
American Rescue Plan (ARP) – Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Plan June 7, 2021 (PDF)
REVISED-American Rescue Plan (ARP) – Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Plan July 13, 2021 (PDF)
On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria left a path of destruction in Puerto Rico that has left millions of Americans without clean water and electricity, and has prevented most students and teachers from returning to their classrooms. The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is supporting Puerto Rico Secretary of Education Julia Keleher and her team as they work to recover and reopen their schools. Hurricane Maria has also led many families to seek refuge on the U.S. mainland, and CCSSO is seeking to assist the states in supporting these displaced students and their families. (CCSSO has also reached out to U.S. Virgin Islands Commissioner Sharon Ann McCollum offering support to their students and educators.)
KSDE has designated Doug Boline, Assistant Director on the Early Childhood, Special Education, and Title Services team to act as a point of contact between Kansas and CCSSO as they work to: a) calculate numbers of displaced students in the states to help Puerto Rico plan; b) discuss ongoing support from the federal government for disaster-affected students; c) facilitate student records transfers for displaced students; and d) address other issues that may arise in supporting residents of Puerto Rico and their displaced students on the mainland.
To assist KSDE in this effort, we are asking that you notify Doug Boline when displaced students from Puerto Rico or U.S. Virgin Islands arrive to enroll in your district. Please e-mail this information to email@example.com.
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