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[REPEALED] Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children With Disabilities in Virginia [8 VAC 20 ‑ 80]
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Revisions to comply with the “Individuals with Disabilities Education ...
Action 2221 / Stage 4828
Final Stage  
red ball Final Text 4/7/2009  11:33 pm  
pdf Agency Background Document 10/14/2008   (modified 3/24/2009)    
red ball Governor's Review Memo 3/19/2009   

Changes to Text Changes have been made to the text since the proposed stage was last published in the Register.
Exempt from APA Yes, this action is exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act. The normal executive branch review process is not required.
Virginia Registrar Submitted on 3/24/2009
The Virginia Register of Regulations
Publication Date: 4/13/2009    Volume: 25  Issue: 16
Comment Period Ended 5/13/2009
Suspended This stage has been suspended on 3/24/09
Reason: Title of Regulations: 8 VAC 20-81. Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in Virginia. In accordance with § 2.2-4015 A 4 of the Administrative Process Act, the Department of Education, on behalf of the Virginia Board of Education, has suspended the effective date of 8 VAC 20-81, the Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in Virginia. The suspension is in response to requests from at least 25 people for an additional public comment period regarding those changes with substantial impact that were made to the regulations since they were published as proposed regulations. The proposed regulations were published in the Virginia Register of Regulations in 24:17 VA.R. 2360-2450 April 28, 2008. The final regulations are simultaneously published in this issue of the Virginia Register of Regulations. The Virginia Department of Education will receive comments regarding 8 VAC 20-81, until 5pm on May 13, 2009. Comments may be submitted by mail, facsimile, or email. All comments must include the name and contact information of the commenter. Comments may be submitted by mail to the Special Education Regulations Revision Process, Office of Dispute Resolution and Administrative Services, Virginia Department of Education, P.O. Box 2120, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120; by facsimile to (804) 786-8520; or by e-mail to

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Readoption Decision: Further amendments to the proposed regulation will be made in a new Final stage.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Ms. Melissa Smith  / Coordinator of Administrative Services
P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, VA 23218-2120
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)371-0524    FAX: ()-    TDD: ()-


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Action 2221:
Revisions to comply with the “Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004” and its federal implementing regulations.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage Type Status
NOIRA   (3891) Stage complete. Comment period ended 02/23/2007.
Proposed   (4353) Stage complete. Comment period ended 06/30/2008.
Final   (4828) StageComplete: After suspension, the rulemaking entity elected to make changes in a new Final stage.
Final   (5171) Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 07/07/2009.
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