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 Special Education and the School-Based Administrator

The Critical Role of School Leaders

It is crucial that administrators understand special education and the critical role they play in ensuring that students with disabilities and their families are receiving the services and supports provided by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). If an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is not being followed, or other provisions of IDEA are not being implemented as intended for students with disabilities, the principal is held accountable as the school leader. This webpage is intended to connect school-based administrators to the professional learning and resources needed to support all students in their schools including students with disabilities.




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The Georgia Department of Education, Division for Special Education Services and Supports webpage contains links to IDEA rules and regulations, State Implementation Manuals related to Child Find, Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), Referrals, Evaluations, Discipline, IEP and Related Services, and Eligibility Categories. It also provides links to special education modules on specially designed instruction, co-teaching, alternate diploma, and assessment, adapted PE, assistive technology and many other great resources and tools.


 Contact Information


Wina Low
​State Director,
Special Education Services and Supports


Ann Cross
Project Manager,
Instruction and Systemic Improvement