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State Coordinator Initiative


COPAA is excited to launch the start of our new state policy initiative. Our goal is to build a network of volunteer state coordinators to engage in state level advocacy on issues that are identified as COPAA policy priorities.

To get started, we have recruited volunteers who live in the states represented by the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP). As we expand the program, we will also include more states, including those from the House Education and Workforce Committee and more!

The volunteer coordinators are working with COPAA’s Government Relations committee and policy team to:

·         identify state policy issues impacting children with disabilities and their families

·         provide updates to the state policy web page

·         help craft messaging and ‘calls to action’ to impact state policy decisions

·         lead efforts to engage grassroots advocates and communicate with state policy makers

·         communicate with the media where appropriate.

We are excited to expand COPAA’s public policy reach to the state level, and hope this initiative will make strides towards helping children with disabilities receive a high-quality education and equal opportunities in all states.    

We would love to extend our network of volunteers, so if you are interested in becoming a state coordinator please let us know!


 COPAA’s Federal Policy Priorities: A Guide to State Policy Initiatives

COPAA is committed to protecting the civil rights and securing excellence in education on behalf of children with disabilities nationwide. Click here to review COPAA’s policy priorities, and to learn more about ESSA and IDEA two federal laws which have a large impact on students with disabilities at the state level.


State Policy Initiatives

Our initial effort is to focus on states that are represented on the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP).

  • Tennessee
  • Vermont
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota 
  • Kansas

 We are still looking for coordinators in the following states: 

Washington, Wyoming, Georgia, Kentucky, Colorado, Maine, Rhode Island, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Indiana, Utah, Virginia, Alaska, New Hampshire, South Carolina. Send an email to govrelations@copaa.org if you are an interested COPAA member from one of these states. 


blue guide icon on black backgroundGuide to State Advocacy

To support state policy efforts, we created a Guide to State Advocacy which provides the basics in conducting effective policy outreach.


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