Public Notice Regarding Application for Federal Funds under the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA)
The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is applying for federal funding under IDEA 2004 for the period of July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. The eligibility document serves as the basis for the operation and administration of activities to carry out the requirements of Part B of the IDEA. In accordance with 34 C.F.R. §§ 300.165 and 441 (b)(7), the federal regulations that implement the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) ((20 U.S.C. §1232d(b)(7)(B)), this application is posted for public participation and comment.
The Application document sets forth policies and procedures that Arizona will undertake:
1) to ensure that all eligible children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education that includes special education and related services to meet their unique needs;
2) to ensure that the rights of children with disabilities and their parents are protected;
3) to assist public education agencies in providing for the education of all children with disabilities; and
4) to assess and ensure the effectiveness of efforts to educate those children.
The IDEA Part B State Application and Interactive Spreadsheet are available to parents, educators, and members of the general public for review and comment starting March 3, 2020 through May 2, 2020 at the Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services, 3300 N. Central Avenue, 24th floor, Phoenix, Arizona 85012, or on the ADE website.
Public comment for the 2020-2021 Proposed IDEA Part B State Application will be taken for 30 days starting March 3 through April 2, 2020. Comments may be submitted in writing to:
Deputy Associate Superintendent
Exceptional Student Services
Arizona Department of Education
1535 West Jefferson Street, Bin #24
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Additionally, you may comment via email between March 3 and April 2.
Dear Special Education Administrators,
It has recently come to ADE’s attention that there is some confusion about the credentialing requirements for speech personnel working in the public schools. Speech-Language Technicians (SLTs) and Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) must hold both a current license from the Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) and a current professional non-teaching certificate from the Arizona Department of Education (ADE). Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (SLPAs) are only required to hold a current license from AZDHS; the ADE does not issue a certificate for SLPAs.
PEAs are responsible for verifying that speech personnel working with their students hold the appropriate credentials. The potential repercussions of providing speech-language services without the appropriate credentials are serious for both the individual and the public education agency (PEA), regardless of whether they were employed directly by the PEA or contracted through a staffing agency.
Speech personnel should provide a copy of the required credentials prior to employment. You may confirm the AZDHS license by entering the holder’s name in the AZDHS’ Care Check Portal. District and charter school HR administrators may confirm the ADE certificate through the Certification Portal via their ADE Connect account.
For additional information about the provision of speech services in the schools, please refer to ADE/ESS’ Arizona Technical Assistance System (AZ-TAS) document, “Speech-Language Services in Arizona’s Schools: Guidelines for Best Practice” on the ADE website. Please forward this information to any interested parties, including your PEA’s HR office.
Questions can be directed to [email protected].
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Special Education Directors,
ESS is pleased to present the revised Arizona Technical Assistance System (AZ-TAS) document for occupational therapy and physical therapy in Arizona’s public schools. The revised OT/PT AZ-TAS resource is a best practices document and provides guidance on the implementation of the legal requirements for occupational and physical therapy as related services, reflecting current practices in the field.
Many hours of hard work by dedicated occupational therapists and physical therapists from around the state went into this document. ESS hopes that Directors and their staff find this document helpful as schools strive to provide the best possible services to the children we serve.
Please feel free to distribute to your staff. A copy is linked below, and the document can be found at the following webpages on the ADE website:
Link to the document: https://cms.azed.gov/home/GetDocumentFile?id=5c1d17151dcb250598108cd6
Link to all AZ-TAS documents: http://www.azed.gov/specialeducation/az-tas-documents/
If you have any questions please feel free to contact Mitch Galbraith M.S., OTRL at [email protected].