2019 Year in Review
Jan 06

2019 Year in Review

Happy New Year!

As we prepare for the urgent work of 2020, we’re taking a moment to reflect on the highlights and accomplishments of the last year. It was a year of significant growth for the Center, with new initiatives at the programmatic and policy levels, new staff, and renewed energy for our mission of ensuring that students with disabilities are able to fully access and thrive in charter schools.

We could not do this vital work without our partners and allies. Thank you for your support, and stay tuned for ways to get involved this year!

In 2019 we continued to focus efforts in our four key areas of work:

Documenting and Communicating Vital Facts

Informing Policy

In 2019 we significantly expanded our efforts to inform policy. With Wendy Tucker and Simone Hall on board, the Center met with policymakers and advocates across the country and supported legislative efforts including charter school special education oversight language in Congress’s education appropriations report.

The policy team ended 2019 on a high note by presenting the Center’s findings from the 2015-2016 CRDC to the Department of Education and the House Education Committee. 

Read more about our efforts.

Inform Policy

Developing Coalitions

Highlights of our coalition-building work included:

Coalitions Small 1

Building Capacity for Excellence in the Field

Highlights of our capacity-building work included:

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Organizational Highlights

2019 was a year of growth for the center. In particular, we celebrated:

Establishing the Eileen M. Ahearn Education Visionary Award

Celebrating the Center’s Receipt of the 2019 NASDE Martha J. Fields Award for Excellence

Launching a new website featuring accessibility app and an expanded resource library

Adding two new board members and five new staff members

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