CONTACT:  JIM MORRIS
Director, Public Information
573-751-3469

Vol. 44, No. 1

January 7, 2010

Department Will Hold Four Hearings on Special Education Services

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will hold four public hearings this month regarding proposed changes in state regulations for special education services in Missouri. 

The purpose of the hearings is to receive comments and suggestions from persons interested in services provided under Part B (ages 3-21) and Part C (birth to age 3) of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).   Separate hearings regarding the Part B and Part C provisions will be held at the following locations:

January 8

(3:30-5:00 PM – Part C) 

Jefferson City

Truman State Office Building, Room 400

301 West High Street

January 11 

(5:00-7:00 PM – Part B) 

Kansas City

Manual Career Technical School, Auditorium

1215 East Truman Road

January 12  

(5:00-7:00 PM – Part B)

Columbia

Gentry Middle School, Cafetorium

4200 Bethel Sreet

January 26

(3:30-5:00 PM - Part C)

(5:00-7:00 PM – Part B)

St. Louis

Special School District of St. Louis County

Central Office, Lower Level, Rooms 60 & 61

12110 Clayton Road

Individuals who require special accommodations to attend one of the hearings need to contact the Division of Special Education at least 72 hours prior to the event.  Telephone 573-751-0602 or RELAY in Missouri: 1-800-735-2966 TDD.

Copies of the proposed changes to the state regulations are available for review during regular office hours in the Office of the Assistant Commissioner, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 205 Jefferson Street, Jefferson Building, 4th Floor, Jefferson City.

Written comments regarding the state regulations may be submitted to C.J. Hubbard for Part C and Jackie Bruner for Part B, Special Education Compliance, P.O. Box 480, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480, or via e-mail at by close of business on Feb. 1, 2010.

Following the public comment period, the proposed changes will be submitted to the Missouri State Board of Education for final approval.