[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 230 (Friday, November 29, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 71549-71550]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-28667]


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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

34 CFR Part 300

[DOCKET ID ED-2012-OSERS-0020]
RIN 1820-AB65


Assistance to States for the Education of Children with 
Disabilities

AGENCY: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, 
Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; extension of public comment 
period.

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SUMMARY: On September, 18, 2013, we published in the Federal Register a 
notice of proposed rulemaking regarding local maintenance of effort to 
clarify existing policy and make other related changes. This notice 
established a December 2, 2013, deadline for the submission of written 
comments. We are extending the comment period to December 10, 2013.

DATES: For the proposed rule published September 18, 2013 (78 FR 
57324), comments must be received on or before December 10, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal 
or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. We will not 
accept comments by fax or by email. Please submit your comments only 
one time, in order to ensure that we do not receive duplicate copies. 
In addition, please include the Docket ID at the top of your comments.
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov to 
submit your comments electronically. Information on using 
Regulations.gov, including instructions for accessing agency documents, 
submitting comments, and viewing the docket is available on the site 
under ``Are you new to the site?''
     U.S. Mail, Commercial Delivery, or Hand Delivery: If you 
mail or deliver your comments about these proposed regulations, address 
them to Mary Louise Dirrigl, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland 
Avenue SW., room 5103, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-2600.
     Privacy Note: The Department's policy is to make all 
comments received from members of the public available for public 
viewing in their entirety on the Federal eRulemaking Portal at 
www.regulations.gov. Therefore, commenters should be careful to include 
in their comments only information that they wish to make publicly 
available.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary Louise Dirrigl, U.S. Department 
of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., room 5103, Potomac Center Plaza, 
Washington, DC 20202-2600. Telephone: (202) 245-7605.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text 
telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-
800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Background: On September 18, 2013, in a notice of proposed 
rulemaking in the Federal Register (78 FR 57324), the Secretary 
proposed to amend the regulations under Part B of the Individuals with 
Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regarding local maintenance of 
effort. The Secretary proposed to clarify existing policy and make 
other related changes regarding (1) the compliance standard; (2) the 
eligibility standard; (3) the level of effort required of a local 
educational agency (LEA) in the year after it fails to maintain effort 
under the IDEA; and (4) the consequence for a failure to maintain local 
effort. The Secretary also sought comment on whether States and LEAs or 
other interested parties think these proposed amendments will be 
helpful in increasing understanding of, and ensuring compliance with, 
the current local maintenance of effort requirements. Specifically, the 
Secretary sought comment from States and LEAs to identify where they 
are experiencing the most problems in implementing the maintenance of 
effort requirements.
    The notice of proposed rulemaking established a December 2, 2013, 
deadline for the submission of written comments. However, 
www.regulations.gov, the Government-wide portal that allows the public 
to comment electronically on notices in the Federal Register, was 
unavailable most of November 4-6, 2013, and November 10-12, 2013. To 
ensure that anyone unable to comment during that period has the 
opportunity to do so, we are extending the closing date of the comment 
period to December 10, 2013.
    Accessible Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this 
document in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, 
audiotape, or compact disc) on request to the contact person listed 
under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.
    Electronic Access to This Document: The official version of this 
document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free 
Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the 
Code of Federal Regulations is available via the Federal Digital System 
at: www.gpo.gov/fdsys. At this site you can view this document, as well 
as all other documents of this Department

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    Dated: November 25, 2013.
Michael K. Yudin,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative 
Services.
[FR Doc. 2013-28667 Filed 11-27-13; 8:45 am]
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