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Proposed DOE changes mean any child with a disability and behavioral challenges may be placed in segregated GNETS settings.

The Georgia Department of Education is in the preliminary stages of drafting a new state rule governing the GNETS program and services, and they want to hear from Georgia families.

The DOE is hosting three more regional feedback meetings to get your input on the proposed draft rule regarding how Georgia provides supports for behavioral-related disabilities and the current GNETS programs. EVEN IF YOU CAN’T ATTEND THE MEETINGS, PLEASE TAKE TEN MINUTES TO MAKE PUBLIC COMMENT. Click here to access a template letter for public comment.

GNETS feedback meeting locations:
Dublin: April 13, 3pm – 6pm
Thomasville: April 19, 3pm – 6pm
Atlanta: June 15, 9:30am

At these meetings, speakers will have 3 minutes to share their thoughts on the draft of the new proposed rule. If you cannot attend any of these meetings and want to provide public feedback, you can email your comments to and

The Georgia Advocacy Office & Parent 2 Parent of GA would like to support families and students with disabilities as you develop your speaking points, and invite you to join us in one of our several informational conference calls, where we will discuss the draft proposed rule and upcoming feedback meetings.

If you are interested in joining us for one of these conference calls, please follow the link below to the session you would like to participate in. We will send the call-in information prior to the event.

Registration for family prep calls – by region

Families and students attending Thomasville
April 17, 12:00 PM

Families and students attending Thomasville
April 17, 7:30 PM

Families and students attending Atlanta
June 12, 12:00 PM

Families and students attending Atlanta
June 12, 7:30 PM

Links to helpful information:
The draft GA DOE proposed rule
The current DOE rule
The current DOE rule
The GA DOE public feedback announcement with session details and addresses

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