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Limitations on COPAA Membership

ARTICLE 2. MEMBERS

 

Section 1. Qualification. Membership is open to all persons who are interested in furtherance of the purposes of the Corporation, provided however: membership shall not normally be available to (1) persons currently employed by, or receive more than 50% of their income from, state, intermediate or local education agencies, as those terms are defined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), or (2) attorneys who represent such agencies or who have represented such agencies within five years from the date of their application for membership, or (3) advocates or related professionals who provide representation, advice or consultation to such agencies or who have provided such services within  five years from the date of the application for membership, or (4) law students who work for a state, intermediate or  local education agency or for a law firm or attorney’s office that provides representation to state, intermediate or local education agencies, whether in a paid or unpaid capacity, or who have worked for any law firm or individual that provides representation to state, intermediate or local education agencies in a paid or unpaid capacity during the past two years. 5)  A school board member who is an attorney, advocate, parent of a child with a disability, or other person may be considered for COPAA membership if they advocate for the educational rights of children with disabilities. This includes any person who has been elected or appointed  to a school board but whose term has not begun. No school board member who does not  advocate for the educational rights of children with disabilities may be considered for COPAA  membership.

 

This limitation shall not preclude membership by: 1) organizations established to assist parents of children with disabilities that receive the majority of their funding from federal or state sources; 2) evaluators who conduct Independent Educational Evaluations on behalf of parents of children with disabilities that are funded by school districts; or 3) individuals who have been approved for membership through a waiver of the limitation according to the Membership Exception Policy.

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