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Proposed Grant Application by the
Pennsylvania Department of Education under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act for FFY 2019

Public comment is invited regarding the Pennsylvania Department of Education's proposed grant application under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA-B). The annual grant application provides assurances that the state's policies and procedures in effect are consistent with the federal requirements to ensure that a free appropriate public education is made available to all children with a disability from ages 3 to 21, including children who have been suspended or expelled from school. The current IDEA-B policies and procedures are available for viewing at http://www.education.pa.gov (go to "Instruction," go to "Special Education," go to "IDEA-B Policies and Procedures").

The General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) 34 CFR ยง300.165 requires that the state provide notice and opportunity for public comment to ensure reasonable opportunities for participation by local agencies; representatives of the class of individuals affected by this program; and other interested institutions, organizations, and individuals in the planning for the provision of special education and related services. Each state must publish the proposed IDEA-B grant application. Copies of the proposed IDEA-B grant application for 2019 are available by viewing the documents on http://www.education.pa.gov (go to "Instruction," go to "Special Education," go to "IDEA-B Grant Application," go to "Proposed 2019 IDEA-B Grant Application"). Alternative formats of the documents (e.g., Braille, large print, CD) can be made available to members of the public upon request. Public comment is welcomed in alternative formats such as Braille, recorded comments, and telephone comments for individuals with disabilities. If you are disabled and wish to submit comments by telephone, please contact Amanda Strawser at 717.214.0656.

Written public comment will be accepted beginning February 18, 2019 through April 18, 2019. The written comments should be directed to John Gombocz, Special Education Adviser, Bureau of Special Education, PA Department of Education, 333 Market Street, 7th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333.

Additionally, opportunity for oral testimony will be held by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, for individuals wishing to present oral testimony on the proposed IDEA-B application and the current state plan. One written copy of oral testimony at the time of presentation would be appreciated. Presentations should be limited to 15 minutes.

Dates, locations, and times for oral testimony regarding the proposed grant application and current policies and procedures are as follows:

March 26, 2019 PaTTAN-East
333 Technology Drive
Malvern, PA 19355
(3 p.m. - 6 p.m.)

March 27, 2019 PaTTAN-Harrisburg
6340 Flank Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17112
(3 p.m. - 6 p.m.)

March 28, 2019 PaTTAN-Pittsburgh
3190 William Pitt Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
(3 p.m. - 6 p.m.)

To schedule an opportunity to present oral testimony, or if you are a person with a disability and require an accommodation to participate in the proceedings, please call Amanda Strawser at 717.214.0656 no later than March 1, 2019.

Following receipt of all written and oral comments, the Pennsylvania Department of Education will consider all comments and make any necessary modifications to the proposed grant application before submission of the 2018 IDEA-B grant application to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

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PostedFebruary 16, 2019