COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 43
March 20, 1998

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM:
 
Thomas A. Elliott
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction
SUBJECT:
 
Public Hearing on Proposed Licensure Regulations for Special Education (learning disabilities, mental retardation, emotionally disturbed, and severe disabilities)

 
  During the January 8, 1998, meeting of the Board of
  Education, approval was granted to the Licensure Regulations
  for School Personnel in all areas except special education:
  mild-moderate disabilities and special education: moderate-
  severe disabilities.  On February 26, 1998, the Board of
  Education approved a substitute proposal in the endorsement
  areas of special education-learning disabilities K-12, special
  education-mental retardation K-12, special education-emotionally
  disturbed K-12, and special education-severe disabilities K-12.
  Enclosed is a copy of the proposal for your information.

     A public hearing will be held on April 7, 1998, as part
  of the public comment process.  The purpose of the hearing is
  for the Board of Education to receive comments or 
  recommendations concerning the proposed licensure regulations
  in these four areas of special education.  The public hearing
  will begin at 6:30 p.m. at L. Douglas Wilder Middle School,
  6900 Wilkinson Road, Richmond, VA 23228 (telephone number-
  804/261-5033). Registration for those wishing to speak begins
  at 6:00 p.m.  Speakers are requested to limit their remarks to
  three minutes each.  In the event a large number of persons
  request to speak, the hearing chairman may request that the
  time limit for each speaker be shortened to less than three
  minutes.  A written copy of remarks is requested.

     Written comments may also be submitted directly to me until
  April 30, 1998.  If you need additional information regarding
  the hearing, please do not hesitate to contact me at (804) 371-2522.

  TAE:psp

  Enclosures:  A hard copy of this memo and its enclosures
               will be sent to the superintendent's office.


  c: Teacher Education Contacts
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