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Subject: Public Hearing on the Part C (First Steps) New System of Payments Policy

Source: Shelley Woods, Coordinator, Special Education Finance

Intended Audience: Stakeholders in Part C System of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Date: January 27, 2012

As announced through the January 20, 2012, SELS, all states making application for funds under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are required to make available for public review and comment the application packet for the federal IDEA Part C funds.  The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has posted the packet at: http://www.dese.mo.gov/se/compliance/Part-C/index2.html.  Public comment on the funding application packet can be made in the manner noted below until March 20, 2012.

In addition, before adopting any new policy or procedure needed to comply with Part C of the Act, the state must hold two hearings for public review and comment related to the policy.  The Department has developed a new Part C System of Payments Policy and will hold two public webcasts as listed below. The System of Payments policy may be viewed along with the application at: http://www.dese.mo.gov/se/compliance/Part-C/index2.html.  Public comments may be submitted during the webinar or through these other methods until March 20, 2012:

Mail: DESE, Attn: Pam Schroeder, P.O. Box 480, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480

Email: secompliance@dese.mo.gov, Attn: Pam Schroeder

Fax: Attn: Pam Schroeder, (573) 526-4404

The webinar dates, times, and access links are listed below.

New System of Payments Policy for Part C (First Steps) - 1st Public Hearing February 29, 2012, 1:30-3:00pm, http://www.dese.mo.gov/webinar/Webinar02-29-12SE.htm 

New System of Payments Policy for Part C (First Steps) - 2nd Public Hearing March 1, 2012, 1:30-3:00pm, http://www.dese.mo.gov/webinar/Webinar-03-01-12SE.htm