[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 21 (Wednesday, February 1, 2012)]
[Page 4998]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-2112]



List of Correspondence

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

ACTION: List of Correspondence from July 1, 2011, through September 30, 


SUMMARY: The Secretary is publishing the following list pursuant to 
section 607(f) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 
(IDEA). Under section 607(f) of the IDEA, the Secretary is required, on 
a quarterly basis, to publish in the Federal Register a list of 
correspondence from the U.S. Department of Education (Department) 
received by individuals during the previous quarter that describes the 
interpretations of the Department of the IDEA or the regulations that 
implement the IDEA. This list and the letters or other Departmental 
documents described in this list, with personally identifiable 
information redacted, as appropriate, can be found at: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/index.html.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jessica Spataro or Mary Louise 
Dirrigl. Telephone: (202) 245-7468.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you can 
call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities can obtain a copy of this list and 
the letters or other Departmental documents described in this list in 
an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or compact 
disc) by contacting Jessica Spataro or Mary Louise Dirrigl at (202) 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The following list identifies correspondence 
from the Department issued from July 1, 2011, through September 30, 
2011. The list includes those letters that contain interpretations of 
the requirements of the IDEA and its implementing regulations, and may 
also include letters and other documents that the Department believes 
will assist the public in understanding the requirements of the law and 
its regulations. The date of and topic addressed by each letter are 
identified, and summary information is also provided, as appropriate. 
To protect the privacy interests of the individual or individuals 
involved, personally identifiable information has been redacted, as 

Part B--Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities

Section 612--State Eligibility

Topic Addressed: Least Restrictive Environment
    [cir] Letter dated September 30, 2011, to Conference of Educational 
Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf, Inc., President 
Ronald Stern, clarifying that the data reporting requirements for State 
Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR) indicators 
regarding least restrictive environment and natural environments do not 
mandate particular placements for infants and toddlers or children with 

Section 614--Evaluations, Eligibility Determinations, Individualized 
Education Programs, and Educational Placements

Topic Addressed: Individualized Education Programs
    [cir] Letter dated September 26, 2011, to Commonwealth of Virginia 
Department of Education Special Education and Student Services, 
Assistant Superintendent, H. Douglas Cox, clarifying when it would be 
permissible for a student's individualized education program (IEP) to 
include a postsecondary goal or goals combining the areas of training 
and education.

Section 615--Procedural Safeguards

Topic Addressed: Surrogate Parents
    [cir] Letter dated September 6, 2011, to Board of Childcare, 
Community Education Director, Ronald Caplan, clarifying when a public 
agency is required to appoint a surrogate parent for a child who is a 
ward of the State.
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(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number 84.027, Assistance to 
States for Education of Children with Disabilities)

    Dated: January 26, 2012.
Alexa Posny,
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
[FR Doc. 2012-2112 Filed 1-31-12; 8:45 am]