ED Welcomes OSERS Assistant Secretary Johnny Collett

Johnny Collett

Johnny Collett

The U.S. Department of Education welcomed Johnny Collett, the new U.S. Department of Education assistant secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), on Jan. 16, 2018.

Collett, a former high school special education teacher, has served as the program director of Special Education Outcomes at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and as the Kentucky state special education director. Collett has also served as an assistant division director and exceptional children consultant both at the Kentucky Department of Education.

Collett will lead OSERS towards its mission to improve early childhood, educational, and employment outcomes and raise expectations for all people with disabilities, their families, their communities, and the nation.

OSERS comprises the Office of Special Education Programs, which administers the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and the Rehabilitation Service Administration, which administers titles I, III, VI, and VII, as well as Section 509 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). OSERS’ Office of the Assistant Secretary administers a number of special projects.

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  1. Would like to discuss analytically whether Special Education Students do as well as others who have stigma (s) following them throughout Elementary and Secondary School throughout public schooling? Specifically, are there any statistics that track classroom achievements while students transverse from Middle and Senior High Schools over to the Junior College scene inclusive of State Universities and Colleges under the public domain?

    As an involved parent on the state and national scene . . . . Why must there be so many students who received Special Education somehow getting tracked into needing remedial education? Also, what’s the difference between the learning skills and social adaptability of mentally ill students in contrast to physically ill adolescents, teens, and young adults?

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