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Special Education Director's Official Letters

Official letters from the California Department of Education, State Director of Special Education providing program clarification on procedural and/or implementation issues.
Original Issue Date
Topic
Updated/Reissued Date
August 14, 2013 Written Notification Requirement of Parental Rights Regarding the Use of Public Benefits or Insurance (Posted 21-Aug-2013) n/a
December 15, 2010

Update: Current Status of the Open Enrollment Act and Changes from the Emergency Regulations to the Final Regulations
[Note: The preceding letter is no longer valid. For current information, go to Educational Options, Open Enrollment.
(Updated 20-Dec-2011)]

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January 6, 2009

Parents’ Right To Revoke Consent

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October 17, 2008 Report Cards and Transcripts for Students with Disabilities. n/a
June 11, 2008 Educational Interpreter Regulations n/a
January 28, 2008 Assisting Students with Disabilities Pass the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) by Providing Accommodations/Modifications and Special Education Supports and Services [Note: The preceding letter is no longer valid. Students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and Section 504 plans no longer have to pass the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) to receive a high school diploma or as a condition of graduating from high school. For additional information, go to CAHSEE. (Updated 09-Nov-2010)] March 25 and November 06, 2009
November 20, 2007 California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) Exemption [Note: The preceding letter is no longer valid. Students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and Section 504 plans are no longer required to pass the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) to receive a high school diploma or as a condition of graduating from high school. For additional information, go to CAHSEE. (Updated 26-Jan-2011)] n/a
June 22, 2007 Guidelines and Procedures for Meeting the Specialized Physical Health Care Needs of Pupils n/a
April 02, 2007 Senate Bill 1327: Reporting of Severance, Expulsion, Exclusion, Exemption, Transfer, or Suspension for Students with Disabilities n/a
March 27, 2007
Special Education and Related Services Required to Ensure a Free Appropriate Public Education (originally issued July 28, 1998) updated to comply with the final federal regulations, effective October 13, 2006, implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as amended in 2004
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December 05, 2006 Charter School Affiliation with a Special Education Local Plan Area n/a
October 16, 2006 Enrollment Of Students With Disabilities In Charter Schools n/a
October 11, 2006 California High School Exit Examination: Right of Students With Disabilities to Use Modifications [Note: The preceding letter is no longer valid. Students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and Section 504 plans are no longer required to pass the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) to receive a high school diploma or as a condition of graduating from high school. For additional information, go to CAHSEE. (Updated 10-Mar-2010)] n/a
August 24, 2006 United States Department of Education Response to Report Card and Transcript Questions n/a

March 23, 2006

Certificate or Document of Educational Achievement or Completion for Students with Disabilities [Note: The preceding letter is no longer valid. Students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and Section 504 plans are no longer required to pass the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) to receive a high school diploma or as a condition of graduating from high school. For additional information, go to CAHSEE. (Updated 17-Mar-2010)] May 15, 2009
November 19, 2004

Algebra I (Or Its Equivalent) Graduation Requirement For Students With Disabilities

May 15, 2009
August 2, 2004 Update: LEAs’ Responsibilities for Ensuring the Continuous Delivery of Mental Health Services to Students with Disabilities

Due to the passage of Assembly Bill 114, newer guidance is available.

August 2, 2004 Update: Ensuring the Continuous Delivery of Mental Health Services to Students with Disabilities Due to the passage of Assembly Bill 114, newer guidance is available.
August 2, 2004 Reminder: Ensuring the Continuous Delivery of Mental Health Services to Students with Disabilities Due to the passage of Assembly Bill 114, newer guidance is available.

August 2, 2004

Ensuring the Continuous Delivery of Mental Health Services to Students With Disabilities

Due to the passage of Assembly Bill 114, newer guidance is available.
May 9, 2000 Practices For Working With Charter Schools And Children With Disabilities Attending The Charter Schools [Note: The preceding letter is no longer valid. For current information, go to Charter School Affiliation with a Special Education Local Plan Area, Special Education Local Plan Area and Charter Schools Pilot Project Report (DOC), and Special Education Local Plan Area Regionalization Models (DOC). (Updated 01-Mar-2011)] n/a
April 18, 2000
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Questions: Stacey Wedin | SWedin@cde.ca.gov | 916-327-0844 
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