Important changes in IEPs–please read

From Ellen McHugh: this seems extremely important. please spread the word among parents who would be affected.

New York State Education Department (NYSED) is planning to make changes to the forms used across New York State for Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).  They are required by law to hold public meetings to receive public comments, and they have scheduled 3 meetings in early November, including one in New York City on the afternoon of November 6, 2008.   These changes could profoundly affect future IEPs, and therefore the delivery of special education supports and services for students with disabilities in New York City.   Some proposed changes that may be of interest or concern to ARISE Coalition supporters are:

  • The proposed IEP no longer includes the section that asks what type of diploma the student is on track to receive.
  • The proposed IEP no longer includes a place to specify group size for SETSS or related services.
  • The proposed IEP does not indicate the language needs of the parent/guardian or provide a place for indicating the language of a child who needs bilingual services.
  • For children who need a Behavior Intervention Plan, the proposed IEP provides a “drop down menu” of options, which includes only two options:  use of a time-out room and “other.”

NYSED will also accept written comments until November 14, 2008.  The proposed forms, address and fax number for written comments, and details regarding the hearing dates and locations can be found at

Time 2:00-4:30 p.m. (Naturally at an extremely inconvenient time for parents!)

Thursday,November 6, 2008 

Manhattan VESID Office 

7th Floor Conference 


116 W. 32nd Street 

Manhattan, NY 10001 


I really wish I could go to this; it is very unlikely that I will be able to. If anyone does go, please email me and let me know what you learned. Thank you.





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