Any day now the new IDEA 2004 Federal Regulations are expected to be released from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The regulations are then set to go back to the Department of Education. If the regulations are then finally approved, they will be released in time for the start of the school year. Past experience suggests that nothing works exactly as expected but realistically the new regulations will be available in the first part of the school year.
The more interesting part will come with the mad flurry of analysis and quarrels over the meaning of the regulations. A lot of the "definitional" meaning of the statute may be fleshed out in the regulations. However, many parts of IDEIA left very little room for agency discretion so the regulations should track closely with the statute. Stay tuned for more analysis once the regulations are made public.