Notices to the Field

NOTICES TO THE FIELD

The following notices were recently issued to the field from the office of Anne Louise Thompson, Chief, Bureau of Special Education and are available for your review below.

 Model Complaint/Due Process forms

From: Spooner, Lisa On Behalf Of Thompson, Anne Louise

Subject: BSE – Model Complaint/Due Process forms
Sent: Friday, December 30, 2011 8:45 AM

Dear Directors of Special Education, Pupil Personnel Services, Regional Educational Service Centers (RESCs) and the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC):

 The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) conducted its Continuous Improvement Visit with the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) in November. During this process, OSEP informed the CSDE that its model state complaint form and its model due process hearing request form required revisions.

 34 C.F.R. Section 300.153(b) details the information that a state complaint must include. 34 C.F.R. Section 300.508(b) details the information that a request for a due process hearing must include. The CSDE’s model state complaint form and its model due process hearing request form ask for this information as well as additional information (e.g., school district) that assists the CSDE in processing state complaints and due process hearing requests efficiently. OSEP, therefore, required the CSDE to revise these forms to indicate which information on these forms is in addition to the information required under the regulations.

 The revised forms are attached here for your reference and use. On the revised forms, you will see an asterisk (*) which identifies any information on these forms that is in addition to the information required under the regulations. Any information with an asterisk is optional information. Any information without an asterisk is required information under the regulations. Please note: these forms continue to be “model” forms in that the public is not required to use these forms to file a state complaint or a due process hearing request.

If you have any questions about the revisions to these model forms, please feel free to contact the Bureau of Special Education’s Due Process Unit at 860-713-6928. Thank you.

Anne Louise

 Cost to Municipalities Survey Preparation

 From: Spooner, Lisa On Behalf Of Thompson, Anne Louise
Subject: BSE – Cost to Municipalities Survey Preparation

Sent: Wednesday, January 04, 2012 11:00 AM

Directors of Special Education and Business Managers:

Please know that the survey concerning Costs to Municipalities regarding special education, will go live later this week so we encourage you to continue to gather your data using the paper copy sent to you last week. The questions will be identical. In the event that you do not have the information available to you that is requested, there will be an option on the survey to indicate this.

Thank you again for your efforts to assist in this collection.

Anne Louise

 

Cost to Municipalities Survey

From: Spooner, Lisa On Behalf Of Thompson, Anne Louise
Sent: Friday, January 06, 2012 4:13 PM
Subject: BSE – Survey on Special Act 11-9 Cost to Municipalities of State Mandated Special Education Requirements

Dear Directors of Special Education and Business Mangers:

The survey link is now live and available for each district that receives an IDEA grant to input your data at the following link. Thank you very much for those of you that have assisted in making this survey possible by helping with the questions, design and testing. Please have all of your data certified before 7:00 AM, Thursday, January 12, 2011.

https://www.csde.state.ct.us/districts/Act11-9/Act11Survey.aspx

 I do want to share some hints to make this as successful and efficient for you as possible.

  1. When you click on the link, you will receive a screen that will ask you for your Username and Password. This is the same Username and Password that you use at any other time that you link to the state website to submit data.
  2. Once you complete that screen you will receive the survey directions.
  3. You must complete EVERY QUESTION as the survey will not allow unanswered questions. If you do not have available information, select the No information available choice as your response. Do not use decimal points when entering dollar amounts.
  4. When you reach the last item, click save. Do not exit, yet! If you hit exit at this point you will lose all data entered.
  5. If you get one or more red messages that read one of the following: Please make selection, Please enter required data, Please enter numeric values, you are not yet done. The *, **, *** will indicate which questions require a corrected answer.
  6. Locate the questions that have the *, **, *** and make the necessary correction. After locating and correcting all of the identified responses needing correction, hit save again.
  7. Continue this process (steps 5-6) until you receive no more red messages- Please make selection, Please enter required data, Please enter numeric values.
  8. Hit SAVE. Be sure all further requested information is entered before hitting Certified.

If you have any questions about entering the data, please contact Valentina Atamanenko, valentina.atamanenko@ct.gov or 860-713-6621.

If you content questions, please contact Theresa DeFrancis, Theresa.defrancis@ct.gov or 860-713-6933.

Most gratefully,

Anne Louise

Governor’s Coalition for Youth with Disabilities Scholarship Application

From: Spooner, Lisa On Behalf Of Thompson, Anne Louise
Sent: Friday, January 27, 2012 4:44 PM
Subject: BSE – Governor’s Coalition for Youth with Disabilities: Scholarship Application

 Dear Directors of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services:

Please share the attached Governor’s Coalition for Youth with Disabilities (GCYD) scholarship information with your students with disabilities who are graduating this year and their families.  Applications are due no later than February 17, 2012

 There has been a significant decrease in applications received this year although we know that students and families can definitely benefit from all forms of scholarship aid available.  The GCYD mission is as follows:

 “To recognize the outstanding accomplishments of Connecticut high school students with disabilities and to promote educational opportunities to help them achieve their career goals”.

 The GCYD seeks a diverse applicant pool of students.  The eligibility criteria is described below. There are two application versions.  The one labeled “TYPE” is for students who prefer to type their application electronically and then print and sign.  The one labeled “PRINT” is for students who prefer to print and handwrite it. 

 Additional information about the scholarship may be found at www.gcyd.org, or email questions to gcydinfo@gmail.com.

 WHAT IS THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA THAT IS REQUIRED TO APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP?

To be eligible to apply for a GCYD Scholarship, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • Is currently a graduating high school senior planning to attend a post-secondary school or training program
  • Is a permanent resident of Connecticut (CT residents attending high school outside of the state are eligible)
  • Has a disability under Special Education Law or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

HOW ARE SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS SELECTED?

All applications are reviewed by a panel of judges.  Scholarship recipients are selected based on a number of factors including:

  • Completeness of application and ability to follow application instructions including adhering to page limits and specification as well as including the required attachments
  • The manner in which candidates have managed their disabilities to address obstacles in the various aspects of their life
  • The degree to which the candidates have contributed to their school and community through service, leadership and being a positive role model
  • The candidate’s desire for a successful career.

Thank you,

Anne Louise