Special Education Advisory Panel

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.

Please see Upcoming Meetings for meeting dates and times.





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.

AOE Liaison to the Special Education Advisory Council
Vermont Agency of Education, 1 National Life Drive, Davis 5, Montpelier, VT 05620-2501
Email to: AOE.SpecialEd@vermont.gov

Special Education Advisory Panel

Past Meetings:

November 19, 2020 - Agenda, Draft Minutes
October 19, 2020 - Agenda, Draft Minutes
September 24, 2020 - Agenda

Evaluations and Reporting Subcommittee

Past Meetings:

December 2, 2020 - Agenda
November 24, 2020 - Agenda, Draft Minutes
November 12, 2020 - Agenda
November 3, 2020 - Agenda
October 5, 2020 - Agenda

Executive Board

Past Meetings:

November 30, 2020 - Agenda, Draft Minutes
November 13, 2020 - AgendaDraft Minutes
October 13, 2020 - Agenda, Draft Minutes
October, 1, 2020 - Agenda

Membership and Bylaws Subcommittee

Past Meetings:

November 17, 2020 - Agenda
November 11, 2020 - Agenda
October 14, 2020 - Agenda

Rules and Regulations Subcommittee

Past Meetings:

October 27, 2020 - Agenda
October 15, 2020 - Agenda
October 7, 2020 - Agenda

Unmet Needs Subcommittee

Past Meetings:

November 5, 2020 - Agenda
October 15, 2020 - Agenda

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Secretary Daniel M. French
1 National Life Drive, Davis 5
Montpelier, VT 05620-2501

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