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部长德沃斯向国会发出弃权请求

周一, US Secretary of Education regarding any additional waiver authority needed to address issues related to COVID-19 school closures and schools' ability to meet certain mandates outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 等. 

As you may rec所有, NASP sent a to the Secretary and members of Congress urging them uphold the core tenets of IDEA and  protect students' and families civil rights while also providing some time limited, 法律要求的适当灵活性. 具体地说, 2021欧洲杯下注注册要求在特殊教育时间表上“暂停”, including initial evaluations and reevaluations that require in person assessments.  可以肯定的是,一些评估可以继续向前推进.g. those where assessments were completed before schools closed and reevaluations that do not require any new assessment data). 

秘书, 在她的信, 注意到考虑采用下列指导原则进行灵活性:

1. The health and safety of America's students, 老师, 父母, and administrators is a top priority; 

2. Learning must continue for 所有 students;

3. Decision-making must be based on what is best for students, not the "system;"

4. Parents must be informed about the impact waivers will have on their children's education and consent to those changes; and5. Services typic所有y or historic所有y provided in person must natur所有y occur differently. 

With those principles in mind, 德沃斯要求豁免IDEA中的两项条款, 其中一个对2021欧洲杯下注心理学家特别重要.  秘书 proposes to extend the transition evaluation timeline for students who receive Part C (infant and toddler) services and who are transitioning to Part B.  However, the announcement to include flexibilities in the initial evaluation timelines is confusing. 在她的报告中,她引用了Sec. 法律第614条, which applies to initial evaluations, 但只描述它与C部分转换计算有关. 需要澄清这种灵活性是否适用于 所有 initial evaluations or just to young children transitioning from Part C to Part B.  NASP正在与2021欧洲杯下注注册的联盟伙伴组织合作, 这个部门, and members of Congress to seek clarification. 

It is important to note that this report is simply a recommendation to Congress; it is up to them to develop, 并通过立法, 提供临时, targeted and appropriate relief from certain legal requirements during school closures.   不到一周,你就寄出了 超过10000 信s to Congress urging them to provide flexibility in evaluation timelines during COVID-19 related school closures.  除了, NASP has been involved in several conversations with lawmakers discussing ways to ensure schools educate 所有 students during this time, while also providing appropriate relief.  We will continue to work with our colleagues from other organizations and members of Congress to continue this conversation, and we encourage you to also make your ! 

可以肯定的是, NASP also recognizes that in order to continue to meet the needs of students during, 在大流行之后, significant funding will be needed. We are working with our partners to secure increased investments for education, and to ensure that some of those funds are specific所有y reserved to maintain existing staffing levels, 招聘新员工, including school psychologists.  请继续关注这一重要倡导活动的更多信息. 

Thank you for 所有 you are doing to support our students and families during this ch所有enging time.