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Rulemaking and Public Comment

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Special Education


The Special Education Section posts notices of any rulemaking activities or public comment opportunities that are specific to state special education.

We invite and encourage participation in the rule making process either through providing written comment or providing public comment, when public hearings are scheduled. Your written or public comments regarding proposed rules improve our efforts in developing final rules.

Notice of Annual State Application for Fiscal Year 2020 Public Comment Period

The annual OSPI application for federal IDEA funds  will be available for public review and comment for a period of 60 days, prior to final submission to the USDOE Office of Special Education Programs by May 15, 2020. 

Two budget hearings are planned.

The in-person public hearing originally planned for March 24, 2020 from 5 to 6 pm at Educational Service District 123, 3924 W Court St, Pasco, WA 99301 will now be conducted via Zoom.

To join the Zoom meeting scheduled for March 24 from 5 to 6 pm:

  • Zoom meeting web link
  • One tap mobile 
    • +16699006833, 644080510# US (San Jose) 
    • +16465588656, 644080510# US (New York) 
  • Dial by your location 
    • +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) 
    • +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) 
    • Meeting ID: 644 080 510 

To join the Zoom meeting scheduled for April 13, from 2 to 3 pm:

  • Zoom meeting web link
  • One tap mobile 
    • +16699006833, 779831027# US (San Jose) 
    • +16465588656, 779831027# US (New York)
  • Dial by your location 
    • +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) 
    • +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) 
    • Meeting ID: 779 831 027

Comments may also be submitted in writing to OSPI's Special Ed no later than May 4, 2020.

Rulemaking Activity

CR-101 Pre-Proposal Statements

392-172A, 392-173, 392-140-601 thru -685: OSPI is considering amending and/or adding new sections to current special education rules to: (1) address changes to federal law and requirements; (2) clarify existing requirements under current state law that impact the free appropriate public education (FAPE) of students eligible for special education services, including new requirements under ESHB 1130 (2019); and (3) make housekeeping changes to correct typographical errors, reorganize WACs for ease of reference, and make other rule changes that are technical in nature.

For more information, visit the OSPI Rulemaking web page.