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2024 Special Education Law Conference
The 2024 Colorado Special Education Law Conference will be held on Friday, April 12, 2024 at the Denver Marriott West in Golden Colorado. This one-day conference will cover current issues concerning the education of students with disabilities with updates on both the state and national levels. This event is for Educators and administers, and Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers of students with disabilities in the State of Colorado. Registration is open until March 14, 2024. Register here! Please note that we may have to limit registration space by district.

For more information contact Claire Burbank.

Important Dates Coming Up

Year-at-a-Glance for SY 2023-2024 (PDF)

February 2024

1st         2022-23 Budget Revision Window #1 Opens

2nd         SPED December Count complete error-free snapshot is due prior to the resolving of duplicates process next week.

15th        SPED December Count duplicates resolved deadline; and beginning of the final report review week.

23rd        SPED December Count Student and Staff final error-free due date. Final reports must be reviewed, signed, and submitted to CDE.

29th        2022-23 Budget Revision Window #1 Closes

March 2024

1st           2022-23 High-Cost Reimbursement Applications Due to CDE (by upload to the Data Management System)

Educational Surrogate Parent (ESP)

Address Educational Surrogate Parent (ESP) questions to:

Katherine Rains                  

Submit form via FAX to:


Mail form to:

Colorado Department of Education
Exceptional Student Services Unit, ESP Assignments
1560 Broadway, Suite 1100
Denver CO 80202

New Special Education Director



AU Special Education Director of Record and Fiscal Contact Information

ESSU must have current contact information for all state-level Special Education Directors and Special Education Fiscal Contacts. Our office communicates important updates and information through our listserv, please be sure that we have accurate, updated information. Communications from this listserv will come from CDE_SPED.

ESSU Newsletter

The ESSU e-newsletter is our office's primary form of communication with the field. It is published once a month and contains information from the Office of Gifted and Talented, Office of Facility Schools, and Office of Special Education.

What's New

HCPF-CDE-SPED and Nurse Letter 2-12-2024
Please see the attached joint communication from the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing and the Colorado Department of Education. 

Memos to AU and Special Education Directors


Supporting Displaced Special Education Students

There are many ways that children and families can be displaced. There are floods, fires, and other types of natural disasters that can destroy homes or make them uninhabitable for periods of time. Families can also experience hardships that result in major home life changes.

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Dr. Paul Foster
Executive Director

Email Paul Foster
Phone: 720-926-4033

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