Author Archives: Lisa Ott

Jesús Aguirre to be D.C.’s New State Superintendent for Education

DCASE looks forward to welcoming and working with the new Superintendent.  We wish him success and hope to work closely together in meeting the needs of DC students and their families facing special education challenges.

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Message from OSSE’s Assistant Superintendent for Special Education

From Dr. Maisterra: Greetings Nonpublic School Representatives, As we launch the 2013-2014 school year, I am pleased to share the first quarterly OSSE Nonpublic Program Information Memorandum this year.  Our goal with these communications is to ensure that you have the necessary information and resources that will best position you for success as you support students [...]

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The Chelsea School Starts its Year in a New Home

The Chelsea School is excited to announce that it will be relocating its campus to Hyattsville, Maryland this September. The school, which serves students in grades 5-12 with language-based learning disabilities, has been located in Silver Spring for over thirty years. The new campus location is adjacent to the Prince George’s Plaza metro station in [...]

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Highlight on High Road School

Did you know that eight years after high school, only 50% of young adults with behavioral disabilities are employed?  (National Longitudinal Transition Study-2) .  DCASE member High Road School is partnering with local businesses to give its students a better chance at beating those odds as they transition to adulthood. Enjoy the attached July EdWeek article, [...]

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DC schools try to shrink number of special ed students

This is a complex issue with an important bottom line; that federal law requires school systems to provide for students’ needs on an individualized basis. This means that every student should receive educational services appropriate for that student’s particular needs. Creating number or percentage targets for reducing special ed services is misguided and, as the [...]

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