The Maine Unified Special Education regulation Birth to Age 20, Chapter 101, has gone through all of the formal steps for final adoption. The rule was filed with the Secretary of State on June 19 and will be effective on July 19.
The amendments have done the following:
- Changed all references to the Child Development Services regional site boards, which no longer exist, throughout the rule
- Added specific Part C new regulation language regarding evaluation and assessment, transition to an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), qualified personnel for nutrition and vision services and policies related to public and private insurance
- Added language about who is responsible for child find procedures and Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) services at the Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Governor Baxter School), Education in the Unorganized Territory, Maine School of Science and Mathematics and charter schools
- Clarified the change in eligibility in Section VII
- Revised the FAPE choice provision to reflect the recent State statutory revision of IEP determination
- Revised the “highly qualified” chart in Section X
- Added references to the Common Core in the two places that the Maine Learning Results are referenced
- Modified the case management and caseload language regarding special education teachers
- Added qualifications for an Assistive Technology Professional and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst
- Refined the dispute resolution section to be more reader-friendly
Chapter 101 governs the administration of the child find system for children age birth to 20; the provision of early intervention services to eligible children birth to under age three (B-2) with disabilities and their families; and the provision of special education and related services to eligible children age three to 20 with disabilities and their families.
The Chapter 101 regulation is available online: www.maine.gov/doe/rule/changes. The rule posted on this page is the second version, as a technical correction was made on page 193. Please see the Chapter 101 Table of Refinements document for a detailed chart explaining changes to rule.