Special Education

The Howard County Public School System acknowledges and supports the rights of all students to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE) that will enable them to develop their unique talents and abilities, thus preparing them to participate in and serve their community with dignity and pride. We offer a continuum of services and programs to meet the needs of students with disabilities.

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Staffing Plan

FY2016 Special Education Staffing Plan

SECAC Executive Board

  • Ann Scholz, Co-Chair
  • Andrea Holz, Co-Chair
  • Debbie Engle, Vice Chair
  • Kelly Meissner, Secretary
  • Kim McKay, Treasurer

Information and Resources

Additional Information

Howard County Transition Council

Transition Council Executive Order

Understanding the Evaluation, Eligibility and IEP Process in Maryland (PDF) – A Guide for Parents of Students with Disabilities

Parental Rights (PDF) – Maryland Procedural Safeguards Notice (updated July 2013)

Maryland’s Differences among Assessments Chart for Students Receiving Special Education Services(PDF)