Key Topics on the minds of military families

Feature your parent center’s information, training and resources on these topics to reach and assist military families:

  • State-specific Information
  • Moving and your child’s IEP
  • Community resources at your new duty station

Highlighting these three key areas using language familiar to military-connected families (“PCSing”) demonstrates your parent center’s knowledge of the issues they face.

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Webinar: What the Office of Community Support for Military Families with Special Needs (OSN) and Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) do for Military Families

In case you haven’t seen it: The Office of Community Support for Military Families with Special Needs (OSN) and the Department of Defense Education Activity share what their offices do, and how they support your work with military families. It is a great introduction to key military programs, and helpful whether you are new to your Parent Center, new to working with military families, or are a seasoned professional.  Continue reading “Webinar: What the Office of Community Support for Military Families with Special Needs (OSN) and Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) do for Military Families”

Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) School System

Special Education:

Prior to June 2015, DoDEA schools operated under IDEA 1997 in providing EIS and Special Education services. In June 2015 Department of Defense issued a new directive and a manual with regulations based on the provisions of IDEA 2004.  While this change should eliminate many of the differences between public schools and DoDEA schools with regard to Special Education, some DoDEA schools may not have fully implemented the changes.

Can military families now expect the same interpretation of IDEA whether their children receive services through State and public schools or Department of Defense?  It’s early to tell, but there will (probably) still be differences in how public schools/States and DoD interpret and implement the IDEA.

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Update: IDEA and Department of Defense Schools

Important Update for Parent Centers Working with Military Families: Change in DoD IDEA Regulation

The Department of Defense (DoD) operates its own schools at installations abroad and several in the United States. Previously, Early Intervention Services (EIS), special education, and related services for children eligible to attend DoD schools were provided under IDEA 1997.  In contrast, State and public schools provide these services under the 2004 amendments to IDEA.

Since July 27, 2015, DoD schools and EIS will be following a revised regulation (32 CFR Part 57) that brings DoD “into compliance with the requirements of the non-funding and non-reporting provisions” of Parts B and C of the IDEA (Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary, 2015). Since DoD does not receive funding from Department of Education (DoE) to provide EIS and special education, it is exempt from the funding and reporting provisions of Parts B and C of the IDEA.

Please read this article for the most recent information on special education and Early Intervention in Department of Defense Schools: Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) School System.

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