Special Education

About Special Education

Special Education Team


The Vermont Agency of Education has overarching responsibility for compliance with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the corresponding Vermont state regulations regarding the provision of a free and appropriate public education for students with disabilities. To accomplish this task, the Vermont Agency of Education employs a team of highly skilled professionals charged with assuring that all Vermont public and independent schools and early education programs educate students with disabilities consistent with the content and intent of the law.

Vermont’s schools and early education settings provide Special Education support that use the following strategies:

Vermont Agency of Education Special Education Team

Special Education Technical Assistance Line: (802) 479-1255

Regional Special Education Representatives

Central and Northeast: John Spinney     (802) 479-1495    john.spinney@vermont.gov
Chittenden County:  Tracy Harris (802) 479-1421 tracy.harris@vermont.gov
Northwest Region:   Laura Baker (802) 479-1392      laura.baker@vermont.gov
Southeast Region:    Tonya Rutkowski    (802) 479-1245  tonya.rutkowski@vermont.gov
Southwest Region:   Ernie Wheeler     (802) 479-1252  ernie.wheeler@vermont.gov


Note: This section of the AOE website is under construction. While many of the links are still current some continue to be updated as new information becomes available.

Technical Assistance and Professional Development Grant Application

The Vermont Agency of Education, Integrated Support for Learning, is accepting grant applications for Services Related to the Technical Assistance and Professional Development of Educational Families of Individuals who are:

Any questions, please contact Chris Kane at christopher.kane@vermont.gov.

Vermont Special Education Organizations

Page Last Updated on June 8, 2016