DCASE's Vision is to fulfill the promise of a quality education for all children.

DCASE is an alliance of nonpublic and charter schools that provide special education services to students from the District of Columbia. Members are dedicated to improving educational opportunities for all DC students with disabilities. Improving special education in every school – DC Public Schools, nonpublic and charter – will benefit all students. We are inspired by the motto: "a rising tide lifts all boats."

Support Full Funding of IDEA!

IDEA Full Funding Act

Representative Jared Huffman (D-CA) and Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced the IDEA Full Funding Act, which provides mandatory funding that puts the federal government on a 7-year glide path to reach the commitment to provide 40% of the additional cost associated with educating students with special needs.  Currently, the federal government appropriates funding that covers 15% of those additional costs.

Contact your legislators to support full funding TODAY!  Find your legislator by visiting:

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D.C. parent: How data-obsessed school reform helps drive rising inequality in nation’s capital

In the Washington Post Answer Sheet, DC parent and academic, Natalie Hopkinson, challenges the District’s policymakers and us to look at how we look at data (and use it), and specifically whether DC’s data-driven education reform is helping the school system or many of the students in it. In view of OSSE’s newly released strategic plan, and its key priority of high quality and actionable data, it seems worth considering Ms. Hopkinson’s comments and their implications for students with special needs. Her remarks were delivered at last week’s Urban Institute’s panel on Washington D.C.’s Next Generation of Education Data and Research. Other speakers included:

  • David Grosso, chairman, education committee, DC Council
  • Kaya Henderson, chancellor, DC Public Schools
  • Hanseul Kang, state superintendent of education, Washington, DC
  • Jennifer Niles, deputy mayor for education, Washington, DC
  • Scott Pearson, executive director, DC Public Charter School Board

Their bios and focus areas, and those of the event’s other panelists, can be found here.

 

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PHILLIPS School is Growing Futures for its Students

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The Baltimore Sun recently featured PHILLIPS Maryland’s campus and its innovative career program that teaches students to grow microgreens hydroponically. The program combines lessons in science, math, culinary arts and business to give students valuable skills and a taste for the exciting field of hydroponic gardening and alternative farming. Students will also be leveraging community partnerships to market and sell the products they develop, giving them even more exposure and connections to the community in which they will someday contribute.

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