Special Education Advisory Council

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that each state establish and maintain an advisory panel for the purpose of advising the State special education staff regarding the education of eligible children with disabilities. Federal regulations (34 C.F.R. §300.169) define responsibilities for each state panel as follows:

  • Advise the state on unmet needs in the education of children with disabilities,
  • Comment publicly on any rules and regulations proposed by the state regarding the education of children with disabilities;
  • Advise the state in developing evaluations and reporting on data as required by federal special education laws;
  • Advise the state in developing corrective action plans for U.S. Department of Education; and
  • Advise the state in developing and implementing policies relating to coordination of services for children with disabilities.

Vermont Statute, 16 V.S.A. §2945, created the Advisory Council on Special Education and appointments to this council are made by the Governor’s Office with the advice from the Secretary of Education.

The Council meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Agency of Education in conference room 304 from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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Membership

The council consists of 19 members. Seventeen of the members shall be appointed by the Governor with the advice of the Secretary. Two members of the General Assembly shall be appointed, one from the House of Representatives and one from the Senate. The majority of Council members shall either be individuals with disabilities or parents of children with disabilities. Members of the Council serve a term of three years or until their successors are appointed. Terms begin on April 1 of the year of appointment.

Those interested in serving on this council should contact the AOE Liaison for more information and application forms.

Karen M. Joyce, Special Education Program Manager
AOE Liaison to the Special Education Advisory Council
Vermont Agency of Education, 219 North Main St, Suite 402, Barre VT 05641
802-479-1145 or karen.joyce@vermont.gov

Contact Us

Vermont Agency of Education
Secretary Rebecca Holcombe
219 North Main Street, Suite 402
Barre, VT 05641

(802) 479-1030 | aoe.edinfo@vermont.gov
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