The Special Education Rule Committee’s purpose is to examine Arizona Special Education State Board 401 rules, to propose rules that are clear, instructive, and aligned to the IDEA, and to provide guidance for implementation. Please read the August 18, 2014, Rule Making Communique for more information about the Committee, the Core Team membership, and the August 18 meeting.
The Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services Funding and Finance Unit have re-posted the 2015 IDEA Basic Entitlement allocations for Arizona public schools. The new posting is due to new calculations for district-sponsored charter schools. All other allocations remain the same. The allocation list can be accessed at http://www.azed.gov/special-education/funding/.
The 2015 IDEA application is currently being developed in the ADEConnect grants management system (GME). The ESS Funding and Finance Unit will notify grantees, via the ESS listserv and Director’s Corner, when the grant application is available. The grants management system will have information on the status of the application posted on the GME homepage as well.
Arizona Department of Education
Exceptional Student Services
Funding and Finance Unit
The Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services will be closed for business on the following days. Information provided by State of Arizona Human Resources page.
Calendar Year 2013
|New Year’s Day||Tuesday, January 1|
|Martin Luther King, Jr./Civil Rights Day||Monday, January 21|
|Lincoln/Washington/Presidents’ Day||Monday, February 18|
|Memorial Day||Monday, May 27|
|Independence Day||Thursday, July 4|
|Labor Day||Monday, September 2|
|Columbus Day||Monday, October 14|
|Veterans’ Day||Monday, November 11|
|Thanksgiving Day||Thursday, November 28|
|Christmas Day||Wednesday, December 25|
** If the holiday falls on a Saturday, then it is observed on Friday. If the holiday falls on a Sunday, then it is observed on Monday.
Calendar Year 2014
|New Year’s Day||Wednesday, January 1|
|Martin Luther King, Jr./Civil Rights Day||Monday, January 20|
|Lincoln/Washington/Presidents’ Day||Monday, February 17|
|Memorial Day||Monday, May 26|
|Independence Day||Friday, July 4|
|Labor Day||Monday, September 1|
|Columbus Day||Monday, October 13|
|Veterans’ Day||Tuesday, November 11|
|Thanksgiving Day||Thursday, November 27|
|Christmas Day||Thursday, December 25|
** If the holiday falls on a Saturday, then it is observed on Friday. If the holiday falls on Sunday, then it is observed on Monday.
Back to ESS Calendar
Please visit Arizona’s Fourteenth Annual Transition Conference page for more information about this event.
President Barack Obama signed the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support Act (or the Autism CARES Act) on August 8, 2014. This Act reauthorizes the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2006. It is tailored to help expand research, awareness, surveillance, interdisciplinary training, and support and involves efforts of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). To read a summary of this new law, go to http://www.azed.gov/special-education/files/2014/08/autism-cares-act-summary.pdf.
Completion reports are now available for the grants listed below:
IDEA – Charter School Expansion Act
IDEA – Emergency
IDEA – High Cost Child
Important points to remember before starting completion reports:
- Completion Report(s) must be completed in the new Grants Management System.
- Completion Report(s) initiated in the old system may require re-entry or revision.
- All reimbursement requests must be in paid status.
- If you have a reimbursement request that is still waiting for ADE approval or to be paid, contact Grants Management for review of any issues that might be present.
- All revisions must be completed as you will not be able to revise the project once the status has been changed to completion report draft started.
- Click on CR Draft Started to begin the completion report process.
- Complete all sections, paying close attention to Warning Messages.
Questions can be e-mailed to ESSFunding@azed.gov or call 602-542-3851.
The Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services will offer a mentoring program for new special education directors for the 2014-2015 school year. A “new special education director” is defined as a special education administrator who has served in this role for one or two years. If you are a new special education director and you are interesting in participating in this program, please find the mentee application attached to this email.
Additionally, ADE/ESS is seeking qualified mentors for the Arizona New Special Education Director Mentor Program. Mentors must have at least three years of experience serving as a special education director in order to apply. The mentor’s role is to provide ongoing support and assistance to mentees, as well as share his or her knowledge and skills throughout the school year in order to build confidence, competence, and awareness of the various demands of being a special education director. A stipend of $200 will be offered to mentors. Attached, please find the mentor application.
Please note the deadline for submission of all materials is Friday, September 5, 2014. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Lisa Aaroe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Mentor Application||Mentee Application|
If you’d like to learn more about universal design for learning, a good place to start is with Take a tour of UDL Resources. This link will lead you to the National Center on Universal Design for Learning’s added pages about universal design to build your own background knowledge and skill and those of your teachers. UDL is based on a variety of fields—education, psychology, and neuroscience—and is organized around three learning networks of the brain. After exploring all these resources, you’ll be more informed and up to date in this field.
US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell have announced that applications are now available for the $250 million Preschool Development Grants competition. It’s for states that want to develop or expand high-quality preschool programs. To read the announcement from both departments, see http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/education-secretary-duncan-and-health-and-human-services-secretary-burwell-annou. A flyer is available at this link: http://www.azed.gov/special-education/files/2014/08/ec-grant.pdf.
The Center for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) recently published a five-page informational bulletin, “Clarification of Medicaid Coverage of Services to Children with Autism,” which is found at: http://www.medicaid.gov/Federal-Policy-Guidance/Downloads/CIB-07-07-14.pdf. The document discusses preventative and diagnostic services, as well as therapy services. It’s technical, but it includes a way to ask questions about these services: AutismServicesQuestions@cms.hhs.gov.