Attn: Jo Hannah Ward
Office for Exceptional Children
Ohio Department of Education
25 S. Front Street, MS 409
Columbus, OH 43215
The U.S. Department of Education (USDoE) details specific procedures that states are to follow in order to receive annual grant funds under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004. Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) at section 76.102 makes clear that the Part B fund applications are considered to be state plans for the use of Part B funding. The USDoE under the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) at 20 USC1232d (b)(7)(B), sets forth the public participation requirements. GEPA requires each state to publish its proposed application for Part B funds in a manner that will ensure circulation throughout the state at least 60 days before the date on which the application is submitted to the Secretary of Education on which the application becomes effective, whichever occurs earlier, with an opportunity for public comment on such application to be accepted for at least 30 days.