The agency's special education consultants provide technical
assistance to schools and other organizations to help ensure that
schools understand and comply with federal and state laws and
regulations related to providing special education services. In
addition, the special education division offers a due process
procedure to parents who have concerns about the services offered
to their children.
Under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or
IDEA, Vermont is required to identify and evaluate students who
have disabilities and to offer them individualized education
programs (IEP) for special education and related services.
Decisions regarding the services that are included in an IEP are
made by a team using a process specified in the law. An IEP team
includes a student's classroom teacher, special educator,
parent(s) and a representative of the school district who is
empowered to commit resources such as staff time or funding. By
law, schools are required to carry out provisions outlined in a
Links To Currently Available Information
Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators 2014
Lynk Special Education Administrator of the
Year: Each year VCSEA recognizes and celebrates
the exemplary professional effort and excellence of a Vermont
Special Education Administrator on behalf of children with
Apple Award: An educational award, though not
restricted to educators, is presented each spring to
an individual or team who,
through professionalism and advocacy for students with special
needs demonstrates exceptional skill in their work with children
with special needs.
The purpose of this memo is to clarify the role of Individualized
Education Program (IEP) teams for students who are eligible for
special education and related services ("special education")
under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Parents' Rights in Special Education:
Procedural Safeguards Notice
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires
schools to provide parents of a child with a disability with a
notice containing a full explanation of the procedural safeguards
available under the IDEA and Vermont Agency of Education Special
Education regulations. This information is provided in the
Act 44 of 2009 changed enrollment requirements for students who
participate in the HSCP. Prior to this legislation, only students
who were no longer enrolled in high school were eligible to
participate. As a result of Act 44, students can be dually
enrolled in their local high school and the HSCP. This change has
raised questions about how this will affect students receiving
special education. This document contains guidance on the process
to follow when students eligible for special education are
considering participation in the HSCP.
The department needs assistance in support of Vermont DCF Family
Services Policy 151 (Educational Issues for Children in Custody)
which states: "To assist in ensuring the stability of educational
services for children in DCF custody, DCF workers are now
required to obtain report cards and attendance information for
all children in DCF custody." The Agency of Education requests
that schools provide copies of the final report card for each
student in custody who is either in special education or being
evaluated for special education as soon as possible after the
current school year.
VTPBiS can best be described as a systems approach to academic
achievement and social competence for all children. VTPBiS is not
a model, but a compilation of research based practices,
interventions and systems integrated to improve the educational
experience of all students, including those with disabilities.
These federally mandated councils advise the Department of health
and Agency of Education to ensure that the needs of children
(birth through 21) with disabilities are met.
Vermont Special Education Advisory
This council advises the Vermont Agency
of Education on issues relating to the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and special education for
students with disabilities (ages 3-21).
Vermont Interagency Coordinating Council
This council advises the agency of Human
Services and the Agency of Education to ensure the
development and implementation of a statewide system of early
intervention services for families and their infants and
toddlers (birth through three) with special needs.
The VT-HEC was formed in 2000 as part of Act 117. It is the joint
work of the Vermont Agency of Education, the Vermont State
Colleges and the University of Vermont. The VT-HEC, along with
Vermont school districts and other education related
organizations, are working together in new ways to make quality
preparation, development and support programs accessible to
educators and educators-to-be in all parts of Vermont.
Inquiries About Services for a Specific
Questions about a specific child who is
receiving special education services are best directed to the
Special Education Assistance Line. On this line, a caller may
leave a voice mail message for a return call from a special
education consultant; calls are usually returned within one
business day. Reach the TA line at (802)
To ensure confidentiality, special education consultants do not
correspond via e-mail about specific children who are receiving
special education services.
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