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perspective to the Council in terms of understanding issues from different standpoints and may be able to anticipate the impact of a given policy or procedure in unique ways. Some commenters questioned whether preventing parents from serving on the Council somehow suggests that the contribution and comments of parents of children with disabilities who are not also employed by EIS providers are more valuable than parents who are employed by EIS providers. One commenter recommended that these

regulations require that the Council’s bylaws or State law

stipulate that no member, including parents who are EIS providers, may vote on an issue that may represent a conflict of interest.

Discussion: We agree that the appointment to the Council of parents of children with disabilities who are also employed by EIS providers could bring a unique perspective to the work of the Council. For this reason, we have

removed proposed §303.601(a)(1)(iii), which would have

prohibited an employee of a public or private agency involved in providing early intervention services from being appointed and serving as a parent member of the

Council. The language in proposed §303.601(a)(1)(iii)

reflected the Department’s recommendation in the note to

current §303.600 that parents selected to serve on the