New Graduation and Secondary Transition Requirements: What Parents Need to Know

In 2014 the Florida legislature made several changes related to graduation requirements and secondary transition for students with disabilities. The special diploma was repealed, new graduation requirements for certain students with disabilities were established to enable all students to earn a standard diploma, and some transition IEP items and transition decisions now require parental approval.  In this session Judith White, Secondary Transition Specialist with the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, Florida Department of Education, will discuss these changes, including how they impact current and future high school students and what is expected of parents in the process.

Speaker:  Judith White is the Secondary Transition Specialist with the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, Florida Department of Education.  Ms. White has almost 30 years professional experience related to education, career development, and transition. Before serving in her current position, Ms. White was the Director of the BEESS Resource and Information Center. She has also served as Director of Communications and Training for the Florida Center for Advising and Academic Support. Ms. White holds a Master of Science in Educational Administration from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where she also worked for several years in various positions, including Director of Experiential  Education. Ms. White also has a degree in social work from the Maritime School of Social Work at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada, and a bachelor of arts from the University of King’s College.

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