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Nov. 2004: Update on the Reauthorization of IDEA


HR 1350 (Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004) contains the following language which affects the IDEA Service Obligations for grantees. The sections highlighted in yellow were added by Congress and are expected to be signed into law by the President.Clarification on how the tracking and recordkeeping changes will be implemented will occur with adoption of regulations implementing the new law.




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``(g) SCHOLARSHIPS.--The Secretary may include funds for scholarships, with necessary stipends and allowances, in awards under subsections (b), (c), and (d).


``(1) IN GENERAL.--Each application for assistance under subsections (b), (c), and (d) shall include an assurance that the eligible entity will ensure that individuals who receive a scholarship under the proposed project agree to subsequently provide special education and related services to children with disabilities, or in the case of leadership personnel to subsequently work in the appropriate field, for a period of 2 years for every year for which the scholarship was received or repay all or part of the amount of the scholarship, in accordance with regulations issued by the Secretary.

``(2) SPECIAL RULE.--Notwithstanding paragraph (1), the Secretary may reduce or waive the service obligation requirement under paragraph (1) if the Secretary determines that the service obligation is acting as a deterrent to the recruitment of students into special education or a related field.


``(A) shall ensure that individuals described in paragraph (1) comply with the requirements of that paragraph; and

``(B) may use not more than 0.5 percent of the funds appropriated under subsection (i) for each fiscal year, to carry out subparagraph (A), in addition to any other funds that are available for that purpose.





Memo from the:





Dear Grantee,


On December 9, 1999, the Secretary published in the Federal Register (see 64 FR 69138) the Final Regulations implementing Section 673(h)(i) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments (IDEA) of 1997, These regulations became effective January 10, 2000. The regulations require that individuals who receive scholarship assistance from projects funded by the Special Education-Personnel Preparation to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities program are required to complete a service obligation or repay all or part of the costs of such assistance which has not been satisfied through service obligation, For each academic year scholars receive assistance they must work for at least two years, full-time, or must pay the federal government for the assistance they received that is not repaid through service, Students whose assistance is provided by IDEA's high-incidence, low-incidence and minority grants are required to provide special education, related services or early intervention services to children with disabilities, Scholars who receive assistance from an IDEA leadership grant must work in an area related to their training.


The purpose of this letter is to inform you of the procedures that grantees and scholars must follow for repaying the government for assistance received that will not be repaid through service. Once it is determined that the scholar will not repay the assistance through service, you, the grantee must forward the scholar's name, address, social security number and repayment amount due to the following address: OSEP Service Obligation Contact, U .5. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. 4611. MES, Washington. D.C. 20202-2734.


Once this information is received by the OSEP service obligation contact, the scholar will be sent a letter (see enclosed) detailing the steps to be taken by the scholar to satisfy this financial obligation.


If additional information is needed, please contact Joseph Clair at 202-205-9503 or at





Louis C. Danielson, Ph.D.


Research to Practice Division

Office of Special Education Programs

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