In October of 2019, at the request of Maine Department of Education (MDOE), technical assistance personnel from the IDEA Early Child Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) facilitated seven regional stakeholder groups to gain additional understanding of SAUs’ perspectives on the proposed transition of the transfer of responsibility for special education services for children, ages 3 to 5, to the public schools. ECTA’s Executive Summary of those meetings provides regional and statewide detail regarding both the opportunities and challenges that the proposed transition presents.
By design and necessity, the size of the regional groups was limited and primarily consisted of SAU representatives. However, MDOE and CDS acknowledge that the input of stakeholders, other than SAU representatives who participated in the regional meetings, is exceptionally valuable in developing a comprehensive understanding of complex variables that must be considered.
The Executive Summary can be found at https://www.maine.gov/doe/learning/cds/laws. Interested parties are encouraged to email their input to CDSStateDirector@maine.gov using “Stakeholder Feedback” as the subject line. A synthesis of input received will be posted to this site prior to the January Legislative session, and will be provided to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs for their consideration.