Education Department Is Seeking Comments to Revamp IDEA Website

The U.S. Department of Education is seeking comment  on ways to re-imagine and improve the idea.ed.gov website.  The website posts information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”).  The Education Department wants to know what resources on the site are most used and what new information or functionalities people would like to see.

This request follows the restoration of  the site after it had crashed several weeks ago at about the same time that Betsy DeVos was confirmed as the Education Department’s new Director.   Some people found the fact that the website was down as Ms. Devos was being sworn in to be suspicious as Ms. DeVos had faced criticism from special education advocates and some senators when she demonstrated a lack of knowledge and understanding about IDEA during her confirmation hearing.  At the time the website was restored, Ms. DeVos issued a statement saying that the site had been neglected for years and she was going to modernize it.

According to the Education Department, feedback for the website should be posted in the comments section found at  https://sites.ed.gov/osers/category/idea-ed-gov/.  The Education Department said that the existing website at idea.ed.gov will remain live while a new site is developed and will continue to operate once any new site is made available as well.

Sources for the article: Following Outage, Ed Department Wants Feedback On IDEA Site by Shaun Heasley, March 13, 2017, Disability ScoopIDEA Website Back Online Following Outage by Michelle Diament,  February 17, 2017, Disability Scoop; Federal Special Education Website Goes Dark by Michelle Diament,  February 8, 2017, Disability Scoop; Trump Education Nominee Confirmed In Spite Of IDEA Concerns by Michelle Diament, February 7, 2017, Disability Scoop; IDEA Concerns Linger Over Education Nominee by Michelle Diament, January 26, 2017, Disability Scoop; Trump Education Pick Seemingly ‘Confused’ About IDEA by Michelle Diament, January 18, 2017, Disability Scoop ; U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Blog.