US Department of Education Issues Guidance on Behavior Supports for Students with Disabilities
Today, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) issued guidance in the form of a Dear Colleague Letter emphasizing the requirement that schools provide positive behavioral supports to students with disabilities who need them. The guidance also clarifies that repeated use of disciplinary actions may suggest that many children with disabilities are not receiving appropriate behavioral interventions and supports. The Department voiced concern over the possibility of schools failing to consider and provide for needed behavioral supports through an Individualized Education Program (IEP), which could result in a child not receiving the free appropriate public education to which they are entitled under federal law.
In February 2016 The Council of State Governments (CSG) convened a National Task Force on Workforce Development for People with Disabilities in partnership with the National Conference of State Legislatures and in collaboration with the US Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. On December 8th, 2016 at the CSG National Conference a final report with suggested policy options for state leaders will be released as part of a full day Policy Academy to highlight the issue of Workforce Development for People with Disabilities. This report and the Policy Academy will include a focus on ideas for K-12 education.
To sign up for the Policy Academy and learn more please visit: CSG National Conference