State Board of Education Statement on Reform of the Special Education System

21 February 2018

TO: The General Assembly

FROM: State Board of Education

SUBJECT: State Board of Education Statement on Reform of the Special Education System

DATE: February 21, 2018

The Vermont State Board of Education notes and welcomes the General Assembly’s needed attention on special education. We face two primary and urgent problems: children’s needs are growing faster than our capabilities and the high costs of the programs are unsustainable.

We are pleased that two external evaluations have been conducted and that the House Education Committee has drafted a committee bill with strong bipartisan support. The move to a census-based system for students with mild and moderate needs, with or without an IEP, should make the system more efficient and economical while reducing bureaucratic loads at the state and local levels. Likewise, the threshold for extraordinary costs needs to be updated but the actual threshold should cover most out of district placements without burdening the districts. Incentives should be provided for servicing children in their home district.

Read the full statement from the State Board of Education on reform of the special education system.

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