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Proposed changes to Chapter 115, “Certification, Authorization and Approval of Education Personnel”

On April 6, 2016 the Maine Department of Education received a letter from the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education which reflected the impact of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B application. ESSA reactivated an IDEA statutory provision which requires that special education teachers be fully certified. The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is requiring that Maine amend the Chapter 115 regulations by June 30, 2017 to come into compliance with the reactivated IDEA statutory provision. As Department staff began to address the OSEP concerns it became evident that there were components of Chapter 115 that need to be revised for all educators. The State Board of Education voted unanimously at its Oct. 12 meeting to initiate the joint rulemaking process with the Department.

As a result the Department has begun modifying Chapter 115 in the following manner:

Overarching concepts

Sampling of the specifics

The proposed rule has been filed with the Secretary of State. The comment period begins October 19, 2016 with the legal advertisement posting in the newspaper. A public hearing is scheduled on November 8, 2016 from 2-4 PM in Room 500 of the Cross State Office Building, 111 Sewall Street in Augusta. Written comments can be provided to Jaci Holmes, Maine DOE’s Federal State Legislative Liaison at jaci.holmes@maine.gov.