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Notice of Final Rulemaking for District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR), Title 5, Chapter 30: Special Education


Friday, November 8, 2019

On Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, OSSE posted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the DC Register proposing amendments to Chapter 30 of Title 5-A in the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (currently found at 5 DCMR §E-3000-3036) governing the education of students with disabilities. The proposed regulations revise and update current regulations and existing policy. Please access the proposed regulations in the DC Register, as well as other resources designed to assist stakeholders in understanding the proposed regulations and developing responsive public comment, available below.

The proposed regulations will be posted for a 60-day public comment period commencing Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 and closing Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, including an opportunity to submit written comments and attend public hearings on the proposed regulations. Persons may also file comments in writing by email to [email protected] or by postal mail or hand delivery to:
Office of the State Superintendent of Education
Attn: Christie Weaver-Harris re: Special Education NPR
1050 First St. NE, Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20002

All comments received by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 will be considered.

For more information or questions, please contact Christie Weaver-Harris at [email protected].

Stakeholder Resources 

OSSE has created the resources below to assist stakeholders in accessing and understanding the proposed regulations:

Memorandum: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking – Special Education: This memorandum is intended to provide local education agencies (LEAs), parents, and stakeholders with additional context to understand the background, purpose, and content of the proposed regulations.

Guided Questions for Public Comment: Stakeholders may use the guided questions to assist in their review of the regulations and drafting of public comment. OSSE encourages stakeholders to provide public comment on the entirety of the regulations, but is seeking specific comments on the areas identified in the guided questions document.

Regulatory Crosswalk:To assist stakeholders in comparing the proposed regulations with existing requirements, OSSE has made available a subsection-by-subsection crosswalk of the proposed regulations with current DCMR, Title 5-E, Chapter 30 language, existing District of Columbia special education policies, and federal IDEA regulations.

Webinar - Proposed Chapter 30 Special Education Regulations Overview (coming soon): OSSE invites stakeholders to review the recorded webinar providing an overview of the draft proposed regulations and public comment process.


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