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California Department of Education BIP Stakeholder workgroup invitation

ADAMS ESQ received this outreach from the CDE regarding development of policies relating to behavior intervention plans. Recently, the Hughes Bill which mandated positive behavioral interventions was rescinded in California. Below is an invitation to participate in a workgroup to ensure that BIP’s continue to be developed and implemented under Federal Law. We strongly encourage community participation as we are already noticing a pull-back in behavior services by school districts.

From the California Department of Education:

The purpose of this e-mail is to invite you to participate online in the activities of the Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIP) Stakeholder Workgroup.

Assembly Bill 86, the Education Omnibus Trailer Bill, Chapter 48, Statutes of 2013, repealed regulations and added state statute that addressed positive Behavioral Intervention Plans. According to the Senate floor analysis, the intent of these changes is to modify “the Behavioral Intervention Plan mandate to align it more closely with federal law and reduce unnecessary costs, while maintaining important protections for students with disabilities.”

The California Department of Education (CDE) is required to convene a stakeholder group to:

· Discuss the impact of changes to law and regulations

· Develop and disseminate technical assistance advisories

· Identify and recommend practices based on peer-reviewed research

· Identify model programs

· Adjust data collection and monitoring activities

To ensure that the BIP Stakeholder Workgroup and the children of California benefit from a wide variety of perspectives, the CDE is inviting you to attend these meetings virtually, beginning October 2013. The first meeting will focus on the workgroup’s objectives and initial discussions about the changes in statute.

The meetings will be held on the following dates:

The meetings will be held on the following dates:

· October 21, 2013

· November 25, 2013

· December 16, 2013

· January 21, 2014

· February 18, 2014

· March 18, 2014

· April 22, 2014

· May 20, 2014

· June 17, 2014

To link directly to the CDE Behavioral Intervention Plans Meeting Webcast, please visit http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/ac/bipwebcast.asp. These Webcasts, live and archived, do not require the use of a password and are available to any interested party.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this subject, please contact the BIP Stakeholder Workgroup Leadership Team via email at: BIP@cde.ca.gov.

Information regarding this subject is available on the CDE Behavioral Intervention Plans Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/ac/bip.asp.

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