NCSECS Supports Nomination of Johnny Collett for Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

Collets’s Track-Record and Commitment to Students With Disabilities Would Bring a Needed Focus to the Department of Education on Services and Support for Students With Learning Differences

 

Washington, D.C. – In response to the President’s nomination of Johnny Collett as Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) at the U.S. Department of Education, Lauren Morando Rhim, executive director and co-founder of the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools (NCSECS) released the following statement:

“The role of the Assistant Secretary of OSERS is critical to upholding the special education laws that protect students with disabilities, including the estimated 300,000 students with disabilities enrolled in public charter schools. The rights of these students under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal responsibility and must be understood, promoted and enforced by the U.S. Department of Education. Johnny Collett has a demonstrated track record and commitment to students with disabilities at both the state and national level.  We look forward to supporting him in the Department’s charge to ensuring students with disabilities have the same opportunity as any other child to enroll in a charter school and receive the instruction and support they need to achieve their full potential.”

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The National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools is dedicated to ensuring that students with disabilities have equal access to charter schools and that public charter schools are designed and operated to enable all students to succeed. www.ncsecs.org