GaDOE Seeks Public Input on Proposed Special Education Rules

The Georgia Department of Education is seeking public input on revised state rules guiding special education.

Over the next several weeks, the GaDOE will hold public input sessions at 11 locations around the state about the proposed special education rules. The changes are being made to put state rules in full compliance with 2004 revisions to the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

"We want to hear from the public about these proposed rules," said State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox. "I urge the public, especially those with an interest in special education, to look over the rules and give us feedback at one of the public input sessions or in writing."

After the 2004 changes to IDEA, the U.S. Department of Education spent 18 months developing federal rules and guidance for states. That guidance was received by GaDOE in October and the process of creating state rules was begun.

The public input hearings will begin today in Cleveland and continue until January 18, 2007. At each location, there will be two hearings held, one in the morning/early afternoon and another in the evening. The goal is to have the new rules in place by July 1, 2007.

To view the proposed rules and to get more information, including the address for written comments, go to:

MEETING DATES: These are the dates, times and contact information for the 11 Public Input Sessions. All sessions will be held 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4 p.m.-7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

- January 4: East Georgia GLRS, 864 Broad Street, Richmond County Board of Education, Augusta, GA 30901, (706) 826-1128

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1212 Augusta, GA 30903 Main Telephone: (803) 278-1212 Newsroom: (803) 278-3111 Fax: (803) 442-4561
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