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STATEMENT ON THE NOMINATION OF JOHNNY COLLETT AS ASSISTANT SECRETARY, OSERS

Thursday, November 16, 2017   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Denise Marshall

(Washington, DC) – In response to the President’s nomination of Johnny Collett as Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), Denise Marshall, executive director of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) issued the following statement:

 

“The role of the Assistant Secretary at OSERS is critical to ensuring that states act upon and enforce federal law so that over six million children with disabilities receive the specialized instruction, supports and services they need to succeed. We are cautiously optimistic about the experience that Mr. Collett brings to the job. We look forward to the nomination process as the Senate vets Mr. Collett and urge great diligence on the part of the Senate to assure that Mr. Collett stands ready to do his part to support the Secretary and assure OSERS fulfills its obligations to students and families. Children with disabilities continue to lag behind their peers in achievement on standardized tests, in graduating with a regular diploma and in transitioning to career training and/or post-secondary education and we expect the next assistant secretary to lead the way for states to take action that improves outcomes on those critical goals.”

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Ivone M. Rego-Cass says...
Posted Thursday, November 16, 2017
Well said. I couldn't agree more.

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