On Wednesday, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Assistant Secretary Alexa Posny, who oversees special education, answered questions via Twitter as part of the Council for Exceptional Children's annual convention. (Howdy from Denver!) Here's some of what they had to say:
There were several questions about a recent letter discussing school districts' spending obligations on students with disabilities.
"DOE recently reversed MOE guidance. This remains a concern for many districts - Can we expect further info from DOE on MOE [maintenance of effort]?" asked @CECAdvocacy.
"Absolutely," Duncan tweeted back. "Focus on results w/ input from stakeholders over the next few months."
In response to a related question about how the feds would ensure that districts maintain the integrity of special education in a time of constricting budgets, Posny said "The bottom line is: All districts ensure FAPE [free, appropriate public education] in LRE [least-restrictive environment] and ED [the education department] will hold states accountable for FAPE."
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