How America Works

Section 607 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act amendments of 1997 requires that the Secretary of Education, on a quarterly basis, publish in the Federal Register a list of correspondence. This is correspondence from the Department of Education received by individuals during the previous quarter (calendar year=CY) that describes the interpretations of IDEA or the regulations that implement IDEA. Some documents have been redacted.

In the first two quarters of FY year 2013 the Department of Education received eleven letters in response to notices placed in the Federal Register.

The topics of addressed:
Children in Private Schools
Use of Federal Funds
Surrogate Parents
Due Process Complaint
Clerc Center at Galludet University
Individualized Education Programs
Discipline Procedures
Natural Environments
Confidentiality of Records

In the four quarters of FY 2012, only thirty-four letters were received.
The topics of addressed:
Free Appropriate Public Education
Least Restrictive Environment
Initial Evaluations
Individualized Education Plan
Impartial Due Process Hearings
State Residency Requirements
Children in Private Schools
Use of Federal Funds
Individualized Education Programs
Evaluation Timelines
Maintenance of Current Educational Placement
Procedural Safeguards

These are vital issues concerning the education of America’s children.

In 2012, 146,311,000 Americans were registered to vote. Of those registered voters only thirty-four letters of concern were sent in response to how our government chooses to spend our tax dollars educating our children.

The Federal government is doing their due diligence by informing the public of their plans to create and enact policies that will effect all Americans.

Americans have a responsibility to respond to the notices of the Federal government.

Without our voice, the “hedgehogs” have no problem controlling the legislators that create and pass the policies that continue to fail to provide an excellent education to all of America’s children.

If various educational stakeholder groups want to change education policy in America, responding to the notices in the Federal Register is vital. Sending representatives to the meetings on educational excellence is crucial. Having a voice in government policy making is essential.

Our children deserve an excellent education. It is our responsibility, as Americans, to become involved in our government.

Join the Movement to Save Our Children!

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