In DC, 15% of all students are children with disabilities – and about half attend public charter schools. The DC Special Education Cooperative equips these schools with tools and support to give students with disabilities a high-quality education. Its flagship ELEVATE program helps charters to design, implement, and improve special education services to meet or exceed federal standards of quality. Because few classroom teachers have formal training in special ed, the Co-op provides professional development and networks that build teachers’ capacity to teach every student effectively. Administrative services – such as securing Medicaid reimbursements – relieve logistical burdens that individual charters would struggle to bear. And direct programs for students with disabilities (career fairs, job-readiness training) boost opportunities for post-graduation employment. With 55 charter members, the Co-op serves 5,000 DC students with disabilities each year. Let's help it grow.

Awards & Recognition

Appointed by the Mayor to the DC State Advisory Panel for Special Education (2006-Present)
Presenter at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Annual Conference (2013)


    Budget (FY2013)

    • $3 million or higher
    • $1 million to $3 million
    • $500k to $1 million
    • The current budget for DC Special Education Cooperative is: Less than $500k

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