In The Politics of Autism, I write about special education and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
The U.S. Department of Education's top official in charge of special education services is leaving his post, Secretary Betsy DeVos announced Wednesday.
Johnny Collett, assistant secretary for the office of special education and rehabilitative services, has served in the Trump administration for nearly two years. Mark Schultz, who has been commissioner of the rehabilitation services administration, will take on Collett's duties, an Education Department spokesperson said. The position requires Senate confirmation.
The office for special education and rehabilitation services oversees programs and policies that support people with disabilities, including transitions to adulthood.
Collett, who is respected in the special education community, previously served as special education director for Kentucky and as the director of special education outcomes for the Council of Chief State School Officers. He also served on the board of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education.Michelle Diament at Disability Scoop:
Angela Morabito, an Education Department spokeswoman, said Collett is leaving Washington to spend more time with his family.