Special Education

The Agency of Education (AOE) handles making sure that federal and Vermont state regulations are followed so that students with disabilities can have access to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). To do this well, the special education team commits to supporting families and Vermont schools that educate students with disabilities. We provide support in the form of both resources and technical assistance. Please contact our team. We're here to help!




Public Comment

Stakeholder input is being sought for the revised special education general supervision and monitoring system to be fully implemented beginning July 1, 2020. All comments are collected using a standard response form. Response forms should be sent to AOE.SpecialEd@vermont.gov. In addition to posting for public comment on our website, the Agency held multiple stakeholder meetings from September - December 2019. Notices for these meetings were published in the Agency’s weekly field memo.

The Agency of Education is inviting public comment from December 16, 2019 until February 1, 2020.

If you have questions please contact: Tonya Rutkowski at AOE.SpecialEd@vermont.gov or leave a message at (802) 828-1256.

Draft: Vermont Agency of Education General Supervising and Monitoring System

Public Comment Response Form

Special Education Team

Special Education Technical Assistance is available 24 hours/day through the general email and voicemail system. These methods of communication are monitored regularly during business hours and a response is generally provided within 1 business day: AOE.SpecialEd@vermont.gov or (802) 828-1256.

State Director of Special Education: Jacqueline Kelleher, MA, Ph.D.

Special Ed Monitoring Program Manager: Tonya Rutkowski

Special Ed Monitoring Specialist: Simona Kragh

Special Education Programs Manager: Chris Kane

Inclusion and Accessibility Coordinator: Ana Kolbach

Inclusive Systems Coordinator: Betty Roy

Post-Secondary Transition Coordinator: John Spinney

Coordinator for Behavioral Supports: Tracy Harris

IDEA Data Administration Director: Cassidy Canzani

Special Education Data Specialist: Brandon Dall

Early Childhood Inclusion Coordinator: Amy Murphy

Early Childhood Special Ed/IDEA Part B 619 Coordinator: Katie McCarthy

Rights of Parents of Students with Disabilities

Rights of Parents of Students with Disabilities can be found on Families Resources webpage.

Contact Us

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

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Phone: (802) 828-1130 | Fax: (802) 828-6430
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