Friday, September 28, 2018
As a condition of funding under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Wisconsin law, local educational agencies (LEAs) are required to establish written policies and procedures for implementing federal special education laws. The Model Local Educational Agency Special Education Policies and Procedures, Model Independent Charter School Policies and Procedures for Special Education, and Sample Special Education Forms, are available to help LEAs meet their obligation to establish and implement special education requirements. The model policies and procedures for LEAs and Independent Charter Schools was updated in July 2018 to integrate the update to state law regarding transfer of student records, so please ensure your policies and procedures are up to date.
Each year, LEAs submit an assurance to DPI that the LEA adopted model special education policies and procedures and forms developed by DPI or submitted its own locally developed special education policies, procedures, and forms for DPI review. This annual certification is built into the assurances in the new WISEgrants application.
If your LEA has substantive modifications to your policies, procedures, or forms you must submit those to DPI for review. Substantive modifications includes rewording, elimination, or addition of content. Changes to demographic information, reformatting, changes to the public agency or logos do not count as substantive changes. LEAs that use vendor forms must carefully review those forms for compliance and submit substantive modifications for review to:
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Special Education Team – Policies, Procedures & Forms Revisions
P.O. Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707-7841
Please keep in mind that it may take a number of weeks to have your revisions reviewed and plan ahead. You do not need to submit forms for review if you are using copies of the DPI sample special education forms.