Public invited to comment on proposed changes to the Idaho Special Education Manual

The Idaho Department of Education invites the public to comment on proposed changes to the state's special education manual.

Changes are being made to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act regarding eligibility for certain learning disabilities, the department said in a May 21 press release.

According to the department's website,, a specific learning disability is defined as a disorder of one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding and using language, which may be manifested in the ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or perform mathematical calculations.

The Idaho Special Education Manual is part of the Idaho Administrative Procedures Act. It is designed to enforce and monitor the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in the public school system. Before any policies or procedures can be adopted or changed, the Idaho Department of Education must ensure the opportunity for public participation in the process.

Members of the public will have the opportunity to comment digitally through an online form or at an in-person hearing. Hearings will be held on July 22 from 5 to 6 p.m. and July 23 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on the second floor of the Idaho Department of Education, 650 W. State St., Boise. Livestreaming is available.

All written comments can be submitted using the public comment form. Comments will be accepted until July 23.


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