West Virginia Board of Education Seeks Public Input

November 20, 2006

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ The West Virginia Board of Education wants to know what you think when it comes to educating children with special needs.  

Eight public hearings have been scheduled across West Virginia beginning in November and continuing until January. The hearings will give parents and other interested people the opportunity to address proposed revisions to Policy 2419: Regulations for the Education of Students with Exceptionalities.  

The policy implements federal requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act. Thatís the special education law that guides the education of students with disabilities. The policy also incorporates state law governing the education of students with disabilities and those who are gifted.  

The public hearings will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. as follows:  

Nov. 27, RESA I Office, 400 Neville St., Beckley; Nov. 28, Nicholas County High School, 300 Grizzly Road, Summersville; Dec. 5, Cabell County Board Office, 2850 Fifth Ave., Huntington; Dec. 6, Triadelphia Middle School, 1636 National Road, Wheeling; Dec. 11, Capital High School, 1500 Greenbrier St., Charleston; Dec. 12, Jefferson Elementary School, 1103 Plum St., Parkersburg; Jan. 2, Martinsburg High School, 701 South Queen St., Martinsburg; and Jan. 3, Robert C. Byrd High School, One Eagle Way, Clarksburg.  

Written comments also will be accepted between Nov. 27 and Jan. 5.  

Copies of the policy are available on the West Virginia Department of Educationís Web site at http://wvde.state.wv.us or at the Office of Special Education Achievement's Web site at http://wvde.state.wv.us/ose.  

For more information, contact the Office of Special Education Achievement at (304) 558-2696.

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