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flexibility to create a CSPD with the appropriate

components to meet that State’s unique training and

personnel development needs.

Changes: None.

Comment: One commenter stated that lead agencies do not have authority over higher education systems and curriculum

and recommended that §303.118 be revised to only require

that the lead agency make efforts to work with higher education systems and other training providers, including national associations, to ensure that training programs have adequate space and an updated curriculum to train the necessary early intervention services personnel.

Discussion: Section 303.118 does not imply that lead agencies have authority over institutions of higher

education (IHEs) and IHE curricula. Nothing in §303.118

prescribes IHE curricula; rather, §303.118(a)(2) requires

only that a CSPD promote the preparation of EIS providers who are fully and appropriately qualified to provide early intervention services under Part C of the Act. For this reason, we do not believe that the requested change is necessary.

Changes: None.

Comment: Some commenters suggested that the Department

retain the language from current §303.360(b)(4)(iii), which