Comments Sought on Maine’s IDEA Part B Application

The Maine Department of Education (DOE) is seeking comments from the public on its annual application for federal funds under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which covers services to children with disabilities, ages 3-22.

The application, which covers Maine fiscal year 2023 (starting July 1, 2022) is posted on the Maine DOE’s webpage at https://www.maine.gov/doe/learning/specialed/director.

The Part B budget is estimated/projected on the basis of Maine’s award for the State’s current award, pending the State’s receipt of the finalized federal award for the coming year. Both documents will be posted from March 1, 2022 through May 6, 2022.

Written comments will be accepted from March 1, 2022, until 4 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2022. Please send comments to Erin Frazier at erin.frazier@maine.gov or 23 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333.

Public Meeting Notice for LD 313 Work Force Group on Career and Technical Education

On Wednesday, March 3, 2022 from 8:00 to 10:00 am, the Work Force Group for LD 313 will hold its next meeting hosted by the Maine Department of Education.

LD 313 was passed in the 130th legislature and is focused on several topics regarding Career and Technical Education. If you would like to join as an attendee and listen to the discussion, you can use the following link at the time of the meeting.

Work Force Group for LD 313 03/3/22 Meeting link: https://mainestate.zoom.us/j/85318244952 

If you have any comments on the discussion, you can send an email to cte.doe@maine.gov.

 

Public Meeting Notice for LD 313 Work Force Group on Career and Technical Education

On Wednesday, February 23, 2022 from 8:00 to 10:00 am, the Work Force Group for LD 313 will hold its next meeting hosted by the Department of Education.

LD 313 was passed in the 130th legislature and is focused on several topics regarding Career and Technical Education. If you would like to join as an attendee and listen to the discussion, you can use the following link at the time of the meeting.

Work Force Group for LD 313 02/23/22 Meeting link: https://mainestate.zoom.us/j/85970382498

If you have any comments on the discussion, you can send an email to cte.doe@maine.gov .

 

Filing of Second Proposed Chapter 33: Rules Governing Restraint and Seclusion (Targeted Rulemaking)

As the result of the Public Law 2021, Chapter 453, statutory changes were made regarding restraint and seclusion, which is necessitating revisions to the Chapter 33 rules. Following the review of all the comments received during the first comment period for the Chapter 33 Rule Governing Physical Restraint and Seclusion, the Department determined that three substantial changes needed to be made in definitions contained in the rule. Therefore, the Department is opening a second comment period for targeted rulemaking, limited to proposed definitions for the terms “protective physical interventions” and “voluntary” and a refined definition for “serious physical injury.”

There are margin comments that serve as reference flags for the three definition changes.

Timeline for Chapter 33 Rulemaking Second Comment Period

Filed: January 23, 2022
Posted: February 2, 2022
Comment Period End: March 4, 2022

The proposed rule changes to Chapter 33 can be found here: https://www.maine.gov/doe/about/laws/rulechanges

Please submit comments to the following: https://forms.office.com/g/a1sMNmBGAF

You may alternatively send your comments via email to: w.bear.shea@maine.gov . Please use the subject line: “Chapter 33 public comment.”

Public Meeting Notice for LD 313 Work Force Group on Career and Technical Education

On Wednesday, February 2, 2022 from 8:00-10:00 am, the Work Force Group for LD 313 will hold its next meeting hosted by the Department of Education.

LD 313 was passed in the 130th legislature and is focused on several topics regarding Career and Technical Education. If you would like to join as an attendee and listen to the discussion, you can use the following link at the time of the meeting.

Work Force Group for LD 313 02/02/22 Meeting link: https://mainestate.zoom.us/j/84462600182

If you have any comments on the discussion, you can send an email to cte.doe@maine.gov .