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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.

Behavior Talks Video Series

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2020 Parent Empowerment Conference

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Special Education Handbook

Note: This handbook is currently being updated as part of the department’s new strategic plan. We thank you for your patience as we work to revise and reformat the handbook so that the information is current and accessible.

Special Education Handbook

MSDE Technical Assistance Bulletins

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services develops and disseminates Technical Assistance Bulletins to provide guidance to local school systems. The Bulletins include a range of topics that the HCPSS Department of Special Education uses to support, refine, and monitor our system practices for students receiving special education services from Birth through age 21. Staff and parents will find information contained within these publications helpful for participating in the IEP team process.

View documents on the MSDE site→

View our special education parent and guardian calendar →

Extended School Year (ESY)

Extended School Year (ESY) services are educational services provided for students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP) during the summer. ESY is specifically designed to enable the maintenance of skills students acquire during the regular school year and facilitate continued progress on IEPs in the coming year.

Learn more about ESY→

Department of Special Education Strategic Action Plan

The Department of Special Education Strategic Action Plan is a document developed by the department based on input from various stakeholder groups including teachers, administrators, parents, and related service providers.

This plan will be updated to reflect the strategic plan development process in the weeks ahead. These updates will be reflected in the first several pages of the plan. Additional updates will be made to clarify measures and baseline as needed.

Would you like to participate in implementing the Special Education Strategic Plan?

We would like to know your preferences for volunteering your time to be involved in the implementation of the Special Education Strategic Plan.

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Stakeholder Groups

The DSE is forming multiple groups to work on various initiatives from the strategic plan. The documents below share information about the charge for each group, participants, meeting information and recommendations. The recommendations reflect stakeholder input and offer ideas for consideration. The DSE values all perspectives and embraces continuous improvement.

Special Education Citizen’s Advisory Committee (SECAC) Executive Board

  • Supreet Anand, Ph.D – Co-Chair
  • Stephanie Mummert – Co-Chair
  • Wendy Balda – Vice Chair
  • TBD – Secretary
  • Heather Walker – Member at Large
  • Stephanie Carr – Past Chair

SECAC Chair e-mail:

Budget Information

Information and Resources

District Management Council (DMC)

Additional Information