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Louisiana Educator Voice Fellowship for 21st Century Learning 
The Louisiana Department of Education is partnering with the national, non-profit organization America Achieves to launch the Louisiana Educator Voice Fellowship for 21st Century Learning. The Fellowship is an opportunity for the State’s most forward-thinking educators to learn about the rapidly changing economy and implications for students, and to pair this learning with their educational expertise to create a new career readiness course for Louisiana public schools. (October 2017)

2017-18 Louisiana Parent Back-to-School Guide  
A new school year means a new grade level, new teachers, and new learning goals for your child. This guide provides you, as a parent, with a quick overview of what you can expect to see in your child’s classroom this year, how you can engage with his or her teacher(s) to ensure your child is on track throughout the school year, and what resources are available to support learning at home. (October 2017)

Louisiana Pre-K through 3rd Grade Guide Book for Site and System Leaders
Strategies to build a strong foundation in early grades for long time success.  (October 2017)

Louisiana’s Approved ESSA Plan
The new Every Student Succeeds Act, signed into law Dec. 10, 2015, rolls back much of the federal government’s big footprint in education policy, on everything from testing and teacher quality to low-performing schools. And it gives new leeway to states in calling the shots. That’s a big change from the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which ESSA replaced and updated.  The Every Student Succeeds Act takes full effect in the 2017-18 school year. (October 2017)

Preventing Suicide:  A Technical Package of Policy, Programs, and Practices
CDC’s new resource, Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs, and Practices, highlights seven science-based strategies that states and communities can use to prevent suicide (October 2017)

Extension of Comment Period on Education Regulations
On June 22, 2017, the Federal Register published a request for input on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification. That request established a 60-day comment period beginning on June 22, 2017, and closing on August 21, 2017. To ensure that all interested parties are provided ample time and opportunity to submit comments, the Department has published a Federal Register notice on August 11, 2017, extending the public comment period for 30 days, until September 20, 2017. To make a comment, please Click here.  (September 2017)

IDEA Public Input Requested
The Department of Education has published a Federal Register notice to provide the public with the opportunity to submit comments concerning regulations and policy guidance they would recommend that the Department repeal, replace, or modify.  This includes regulations under Title 34 Code of Federal Regulations (Education), ED’s significant guidance documents (such as Dear Colleague Letters and policy letters), and the newly redesigned IDEA site.  This request is in response to President Trump’s Executive Order 13777 (February 2017), which requires an evaluation of existing regulations.  Public comment is due by August 21, 2017.  Read more here about the Executive Order and what it covers.  Submit your comments here. (August 2017)

Implementing IDEA: How’s Louisiana Doing?
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) released its State Determination Letters for 2017. Find out if Louisiana meets requirements for implementing Parts B and C of IDEA, needs assistance, or needs intervention. (August 2017)

Louisiana Department of Education’s/Plans on ESSA
See what Louisiana is up to, what has already been proposed, and what’s next. (August 2017)

Directory of State Early Learning Contacts | June 2017
Are early learning initiatives on your priority list? Find out the many contact people for your state’s initiatives and plans for early learning programs from birth to the 3rd grade-Part C, Title 1, home visiting, and more. From Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO). (August 2017)

Check State Plans
Have a look at these analyses identifying best practices in 17 state accountability plans submitted in April and May 2017 to the U.S. Department of Education. CheckStatePlans.org provides in-depth information on how these plans advance educational opportunities in innovative ways for all students, and where some fall short. (August 2017)

Technical Changes to IDEA-Final Regulations Released
On June 30, 2017, the Department published final regulations under Parts B and C of IDEA. These final regulations make conforming changes needed to implement amendments made to IDEA by ESSA. Want to know what’s been changed? Have a look at  OSEP’s summary chart.   (August 2017)

ESSA Consolidated State Plan FAQs
ESSA provides states with flexibility in how it will implement the law. Each state must submit a consolidated state plan, which the Department then reviews; this process is underway. This FAQ (released June 16th) explains the review process, who is involved, and what the Department’s responsibilities are concerning providing states with feedback and suggestions and making determinations as to whether a state’s plan has met ESSA requirements. (August 2017)

The Department of Education has published a Federal Register notice to provide the public with the opportunity to submit comments concerning regulations and policy guidance they would recommend that the Department repeal, replace, or modify.  This includes regulations under Title 34 Code of Federal Regulations (Education), ED’s significance guidance documents (such as Dear Colleague Letters and policy letters), and the newly redesigned IDEA site.   Public comments are due by August 21, 2017. (July 2017) 

The US Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) issued this memo to reinforce the key points made in their November 12, 2014 letter that addresses whether a State Department of Education (SDE) or a Local Education Agency (LEA – School Districts) is permitted to establish procedures that further define the disability category, “visual impairment including blindness”.  The memo provides additional guidance on this important issue and shares information from outside resources related to the identification and evaluation of children suspected of having a visual impairment including blindness.  (July 2017)

Louisiana’s Achieving a Better Life Experience – The Louisiana Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Account Program allows individuals and families to save private funds to support persons with disabilities in endeavors to maintain health, independence, and quality of life. (July 2017)

IDEA/ESSA Technical Amendments Summary – This chart notes the previous regulatory language, includes the new regulatory language or notes the relevant deletion, and provides the reasoning and authority for the change. (July 2017)

The US Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) issued this memo to reinforce the key points made in their November 12, 2014 letter that addresses whether a State Department of Education (SDE) or a Local Education Agency (LEA – School Districts) is permitted to establish procedures that further define the disability category, “visual impairment including blindness”.  The memo provides additional guidance on this important issue and shares information from outside resources related to the identification and evaluation of children suspected of having a visual impairment including blindness. (June 2017)

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)  The Louisiana Elementary and Secondary Education Plan pursuant to the Federal ESSA law will be submitted to the US Department of Education for federal review on April 15, 2017.  Even though there was much opposition to this early submission, The Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP) and The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) both voted to submit the plan in April. (May 2017)

Child Care Assistance for Summer Care    The Louisiana Department of Education has revised their Child Care Assistance Program Summer Care forms and rates.  Click on the link for a copy of the new form. (May 2017)