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Exceptional / Special Education

While first campaigning for the Office of Mayor in 2007, Mayor Karl Dean heard from many parents of students with disabilities about their concerns regarding their children’s education. As a result, Mayor Dean formed a Mayor’s Advisory Council on Special Education shortly after taking office. 

His council worked diligently and issued annual reports with recommendations for improvements to the education of students with disabilities. Because of the Mayor’s commitment to these students and because of the hard work of this Council, many improvements have occurred in Metro Schools.  Those improvements are discussed in each subsequent annual report available for viewing at the links below. 

Reports and Meetings

2013 Advisory Council Report and Recommendations:

Full Text of Report: The Road to Inclusive Practices: Fifth Report of the Mayor's Advisory Council on Special Education

2011 Advisory Council Report and Recommendations:

Full Text of Report: The Road to Inclusive Practices: Fourth Report of the Mayor's Advisory Council on Special Education

2010 Advisory Council Report and Recommendations:

Full Text of Report: The Road to Inclusive Practices: Third Report of the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Special Education
Presentation of Report 
Video of Report Presentation

2009 Advisory Council Report and Recommendations:

Full Text of Report: The Road to Inclusive Practices: Second Report of the Mayor's Advisory Council on Special Education 
Presentation of Report 
Video of Report Presentation

2008 Advisory Council Report on Recommendations: 

Full Text of Report: The Road to Inclusive Practices: Report of the Mayor's Advisory Council on Special Education 

Presentation of Report

Video of Report Presentation

July 14, 2008 Town Hall Meeting on Special Education:

Video of Presentation

New Mayor’s Advisory Board on Exceptional Education

In recent years, Metro Schools replaced the term Special Education with Exceptional Education to describe the educational services provided to students with disabilities in Metro Schools. The former term, special education, is sometimes also used. Exceptional Education also includes services provided to students who are designated as gifted.

In 2012, Mayor Dean convened a newly structured Mayor’s Advisory Board on Exceptional Education, which was charged with focusing on two narrow areas:  
  1. assessing the improvements made in exceptional education since the formation of the inaugural Advisory Council; and 
  2. strengthening and expanding the transition program for older students with disabilities to be trained and employed in local businesses and in Metro Departments.  


For more information contact Wendy Tucker in the Mayor’s Office of Children and Youth at (615) 862-6013 or wendy.tucker@nashville.gov.