The Agency of Education has overarching responsibility for compliance with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the corresponding Vermont state regulations regarding the provision of a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) for students with disabilities. To accomplish this task, the Agency of Education employs a team of highly skilled professionals charged with assuring that all Vermont public and independent schools and early education programs educate students with disabilities consistent with the content and intent of the law.
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 will be provided within 2 business days: AOE.SpecialEd@vermont.gov or (802) 479-1255.
State Director of Special Education: Cindy Moran
Coordinator for Behavioral Supports/Educational Surrogate Coordinator: Tracy Harris
Early Childhood Special Ed/IDEA 619 Coordinator: Katie McCarthy
Inclusion and Low Incidence Disabilities Coordinator: Chris Kane
Learning Disabilities Coordinator: Laura Baker
Post-Secondary Transition Coordinator: John Spinney
SSIP Co-Coordinator/Special Ed Monitoring Team: Tonya Rutkowski
Rights of Parents of Students with Disabilities
Rights of Parents of Students with Disabilities can be found on Families Resources webpage.