NEWS RELEASES 2014-15 :: FEBRUARY 2, 2015

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The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Exceptional Children Division will hold five public hearings to receive comments regarding proposed amendments to specific sections related to the definition, evaluation and identification of Specific Learning Disabilities of the Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities pursuant to Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA).

Public hearings will be held at the following locations:

Feb. 16, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Auditorium, Sadie Saulter Elementary School
1019 Fleming Street, Greenville

Feb. 17, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Board Room, Dale K. Spencer Building
1802 South 15th Street, Wilmington

Feb. 23, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Room 150, Education Building
301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh

Feb. 24, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Event Room, NC Research Campus
600 Laureate Way, Kannapolis

Feb. 25, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Stone Center, Performing Arts Center
613 Cherry Street, North Wilkesboro

Advanced registration to speak is not required. Staff will not discuss proposed amendments, but will be present to receive comments only. The meeting site is accessible to individuals with disabilities. If auxiliary aids or services are needed, please contact the NCDPI at 919.807.3976 or 919.807.3996 at least two weeks prior to the scheduled meeting date.

The amendments to the North Carolina Policies are available for public review from Feb. 4 – March 6. The amendments may be reviewed in person at the NCDPI Exceptional Children Division at the address below between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., and on the Internet by visiting or

Interested citizens are invited to comment on the proposed amendments from Feb. 4 – March 6. In making comments, please give the citation for the section(s) on which you are commenting, (e.g., NC 1504-2.9) and provide comments in the form of statements. Comments may be submitted via email to mailed to: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Exceptional Children Division, ATTN: Carol Ann Hudgens or Lynne Loeser, 6356 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-6356.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.