Subject: Public Hearing ARSD 24:14 – Early Intervention Program (pages 1-93)
Background: The final regulations for the December 3, 2004 amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) were finalized on September 29, 2011 by the US Department of Education. As a condition for continued funding, the DOE assured the US Department of Education that South Dakota’s policies, procedures, and state administrative rules regarding early intervention services and programs would be revised to align with the federal requirements no later than June 30, 2013.
Recommendation: It is recommended the Board of Education approve the revisions to ARSD 24:14 as proposed. The revised rules align with federal requirements and will act as the DOE’s policies and procedures for early intervention services.
Agenda Item 4.0 - Becky Nelson, DOE
The National Council for Agricultural Education (NCAE) established a long range goal for Agricultural Education to increase growth and quality programs. NCAE sought out a partnership with Project Lead the Way, Inc. (PLTW®). A nationally recognized curriculum development organization, PLTW® has successfully designed and implemented courses based on the rigor and relevance philosophy.
The Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education™ project develops a structured sequence of agriculture courses and serves as a model for elevating the rigor and relevance of agricultural education. Teachers must complete 80 hours of national training to be qualified to teach the coursework.
The addition of CASE endorsement will allow SD teachers to teach specific CASE coursework above and beyond the current Agriculture education certification will allow.
In the summer of 2012, two SD Agriculture Education certified teachers are attending national training. The teachers will be implementing the specific courses in the fall of 2012 after completing training. In the future additional Agriculture Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) teachers will be implementing CASE™ courses.
Recommendation: DOE requests the Board of Education move to adopt administrative rule 24:15:06:65 CASE endorsement.
Agenda Item 5.0 - Dr. Melody Schopp, DOE
Background: Congress passed the Healthy Hungry-Free Kids Act of 2010 requiring schools to make changes to their mandated Wellness Policy. Each school that has the National School Lunch program is required to have a wellness policy. The current model wellness policy endorsed by the Board of Education needs to be updated to reflect changes if the board wishes to continue with a model policy. A trans-disciplinary team was recruited to review the former model policy and recommend revisions to it.
Recommendation: Child and Adult Nutrition Services is seeking endorsement of the SD Board of Education.
Agenda Item 7.0 - Sarah Carter, DOE