Attn: VA Parents and Advocates: Stop the Erosion of Parental Rights

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VA flagVirginia Department of Education published their new proposed Special Education Regulations (8VAC20-80/81) in The Virginia Register of Regulations (Volume 24, Issue 17) on April 28, 2008.

VDOE proposes to eliminate parental consent in some cases, and further erode parental rights. Other proposed changes will affect procedural safeguards, eligibility criteria, definition of developmental disabilities, and accountability.

It’s time for Virginians to get involved. If adopted, these changes could be a major loss in parental rights, decreasing the school-family partnership intended by IDEA.

Please call, email or write, now! Find out when, where, how.

Publication will initiate the 60-day public comment period, which will last from April 28, 2008 through June 30, 2008. During that time period, the Virginia Department of Education will accept written public comments regarding the proposed revisions, and nine public hearings will be convened.

Written comments regarding the revision of the Virginia Regulations may be submitted to VA Department of Education via one the methods outlined below.

* FAX – (804) 786-8520
* MAIL –

Special Education Regulations Revision Process
Office of Dispute Resolution and Administrative Services
Virginia Department of Education
P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120

The proposed changes are being considered by Governor Tim Kaine. To comment on them, email Governor Kaine at


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