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Exceptional Student Education (Special Education)

Exceptional Student Education (Special Education)

Compliance and Staffing

The Compliance and Staffing department assists the General Director of Exceptional Student Education (ESE) in the provision of services to students with disabilities and their families, and to school and district staff, to ensure that district processes, procedures and policies align with all federal laws and regulations, Florida Statutes and State Board of Education Rules.

What is Compliance?

The Compliance department offers information and support to parents and school/district staff regarding policies, procedures and laws that are applicable for students with disabilities who receive services and supports via an Individual Educational Plan (IEP). In addition, Compliance also offers support to parents in understanding the Part B Procedural Safeguards for Students with Disabilities, and in accessing the formal dispute resolution processes in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

What is Staffing?

The Staffing department is made up of Staffing Coordinators and Specialists who are responsible for scheduling and conducting eligibility staffings and IEP meetings, interpreting programs and placements to parents, assisting with District, State, and Federal record reviews, and monitoring the District’s compliance with rules and regulations that support students with disabilities and their families.

Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS)
The Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services administers programs for students with disabilities.

Florida Statues and State Board of Education Rules
Florida Statues and State Board of Education rules pertaining to Exceptional Student Education.

Policies and Procedures (SP&P)
Hillsborough County Exceptional Student Education Policies and Procedures: Special Programs & Procedures (SP&P) approved by the Florida Department of Education.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) is committed to improving results and outcomes for people with disabilities of all ages.

Office of Special Education Programs
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts.

Office of Civil Rights
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces several federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance from the Department of Education.

Contacts

Assistant Director, Compliance and Staffing
Suzette Sample
(813) 273-7060
Suzette.Sample@sdhc.k12.fl.us

Supervisor, Compliance
Kim Loy
(813) 273-7202
Kim.Loy@sdhc.k12.fl.us

Supervisor, Staffing
Debra Mitchell
(813) 273-7035
Debra.Mitchell@sdhc.k12.fl.us

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