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On March 23, 2017 the State Board of Education adopted revised special education rules. These are NH’s special education regulations that that implement the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, the Federal special education law) and RSA 186-C (NH’s special education law). You may obtain an official copy of the rules on the NH Department of Education’s website at: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rules/state_agencies/ed1100.html.  You may notice that there is a new title. The regulation (or rule), which was called the NH Rules for the Education of Children with Disabilities, is now being called the NH Standards for the Education of Children with Disabilities. The importance of this document has not changed; it is still NH’s special education regulations.
The Parent Information Center has developed a Guide to the NH Standards for the Education of Children with Disabilities, which includes the full text of Ed 1100, Standards for the Education of Children with Disabilities that were adopted by the State Board of Education on March 23, 2017, plus additional supplemental text for each reference cited (in a textbox following each reference). The supplemental text, which includes the text of the cited reference, has been updated to reflect the 6/30/2017 technical amendments to IDEA and the 2017 amendments to RSA 186-C. This Guide, which has been formatted to be user-friendly, may be accessed on the Parent Information Center on Special Education’s website at: https://nhspecialed.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Ed-1100-3-23-2017-NH-Standards-PDF.pdf.
The Parent Information Center and the NH Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education are partnering to make copies of the Guide to the NH Standards for the Education of Children with Disabilities available to parents, school/special education administrators, educators and others. We will post updates on our website, including when copies will be available, as we receive them.
The NH Department of Education has an archived webinar that details the changes that were made when the NH Rules were revised and re-adopted. The webinar may be accessed at: https://www.education.nh.gov/video/newly-adopted-nh-rules.htm. The Parent Information Center (PIC) also offers free webinars and live in-person workshops and training programs about the NH Standards, the NH Special Education Process and other related topics.  PIC’s training calendar is updated regularly as new workshops are scheduled. Learn more at www.nhspecialed.org.
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