CCSA Statement on the State Board of Education's Unanimous Approval of a New Los Angeles County Office of Education SELPA

July 20, 2010

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For Immediate Release
July 20, 2010

Contact: Vicky Waters, CCSA
(415) 505-7575

The State Board of Education Unanimously approved a new Los Angeles County Office of Education SELPA

"This is a very exciting opportunity for charter schools, as we now move a step forward in the delivery of services, and accountability, for our special needs students. This is something that CCSA has advocated in favor of for many years, and we're looking forward to the challenge."

"A new SELPA in the Los Angeles area will bring the innovative practices inherent to charter schools, combined with the increased flexibility in the use of funds and oversight that will remove obstacles, and streamline service delivery to special needs students.

"Our hope is for charters to transform the education landscape in California, and ensure that a high quality education for students with special needs is a top priority.

"We'd like to thank the State Board of Education Members, the Superintendent of Los Angeles County Office of Education Darlene Robles, as well as State Superintendent Jack O'Connell, for moving this process forward and recognizing the need for a positive change, and a step in the right direction in the delivery of services for thousands of students."

EDITOR'S NOTE: 85 charter schools in LAUSD have given notice to the district regarding their intent to exit from the LAUSD SELPA next year. A SELPA (Special Education Local Plan Area) coordinates with school districts and the County Office of Education to provide a continuum of programs and services to students classified as disabled.

About the California Charter Schools Association

The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 809 charter public schools that educate more than 341,000 charter school students in the state of California. The mission of the California Charter Schools Association is to lead the charter public school movement in California in order to increase the number of students attending high-quality charter schools.

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