Proposed New Regulations for Military Families

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departmetn of defenseThe Department of Defense has issued proposed revisions to their special education regulations that impact schools operated by DoDEA. The present regs do not provide for a child with a disability who moves from a public school with an IEP to a DoDEA school to be entitled to a “comparable” IEP. However, the civilian child who moves to another school district is entitled to a “comparable IEP.”

In a public school, if the parent has a complaint, such as IEP not being properly implemented, the parent can file a complaint with their State Department of Education; here is Texas that would be the Texas Education Agency. However, other than requesting a due process hearing, there is no such provision for the military parent to file a complaint against the school operated by DoDEA. Both inequities have been corrected in the proposed rules. The entitlement to a “comparable IEP” is included as is the right to file an “administrative complaint” against the DoDEA school.

Rosemary Manges

Rosemary Manges, Program Coordinator for Inclusive Services, has over 39 years of educational experience ranging from the public school classroom, administration, preparing pre-service teachers at the college level to development of policy at TEA. She is in her 10th year at Region 10.

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