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GaDOE seeks input on GNETS Rule

MEDIA CONTACT: Matt Cardoza, GaDOE Communications Office, (404) 651-7358,  

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March 14, 2017 – The Georgia Department of Education will host four regional public hearings to collect stakeholder comments as part of the rulemaking process for State Board of Education Rule 160-4-7-.15 GEORGIA NETWORK FOR EDUCATIONAL AND THERAPEUTIC SUPPORT (GNETS). We invite you to attend one of the following meetings.


Gwinnett County

Buford City, GA

Date: April 12, 2017

Time: 3-6 p.m.

Location: Buford Middle School Auditorium

2700 Robert Bell Parkway

Buford, GA  30518


Laurens County

Dublin, GA

Date: April 13, 2017

Time: 3-6 p.m.

Location: Dublin High School Auditorium

1127 Hillcrest Pkwy

Dublin, GA 31021


Thomas County

Thomasville, GA

Date: April 19, 2017

Time: 3-6 p.m.

Location: Thomas County School

Professional Learning Center

200 North Pinetree Blvd.

Thomasville, GA         


Fulton County (State Board of Education Meeting)

Atlanta, GA

Date: June 15, 2017

Time: 9:30am

Location: State Board of Education Room 2070

Twin Towers East

Atlanta GA, 30334


Any person interested in providing comments may do so either in person or by email.  The following protocol will govern the public hearings:


  • If you want to provide comments in person, you must only provide comment relative to the GNETS rule and limit your comments to no longer than 3 minutes in order to allow time for each person to fully express their comments.  Although not required, we suggest you prepare written comments and use the written comments to ensure your complete message is heard. A timekeeper will ensure everyone has the full 3 minutes to speak.

  • You may also submit your written comments by leaving a paper copy at the registration desk.

  • While any individual may attend any or all of the public hearings, you must decide which hearing you would want to share your comments in person. Allowing individuals to speak at only one public hearing gives everyone an opportunity to have their voice heard.

Click to view the current GNETS Rule 160-4-7-.15.​​

Click to view proposed revisions to GNETS Rule 160-4-7-.15.​

If you prefer to provide written comments, you may do so by emailing your comments to Your written comments must be received no later than April 14, 2017.


If you have any questions please feel free to contact Julie James, paralegal at