President Trump announced his intention to nominate Johnny Collett as the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the U.S. Department of Education. Collett currently serves as the Director of Special Education Outcomes at the Council of Chief State School Officers, where he works to support states in their efforts to raise expectations and improve outcomes for children and youth with disabilities. Previously, he served as Director of the Division of Learning Services and State Director of Special Education at the Kentucky Department of Education as well as worked as a high school special education teacher.
The Council for Exceptional Children is pleased to support the nomination of Collett. “We urge the U.S. Senate to swiftly confirm this well qualified nominee,” said Deborah Ziegler, CEC Director of Policy and Advocacy. CEC stands ready to partner with Collett, should he be confirmed, to achieve the successful implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and to ensure that all children and youth with disabilities have access to the necessary supports and services to attain their developmental and educational outcomes. Read more in CEC’s press release.