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Missouri Education Advocates: The Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education (MO-CASE)

Name: The Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education (MO-CASE)

About: MO-CASE is a subdivision of the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE), a division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). MO-CASE is dedicated to the professional development and support of administrators and supervisors of special education within Missouri’s educational settings.

MO-CASE provides support and resources to all special education directors in Missouri. MO-CASE achieves its goals through a newsletter, conferences, and scholarships. (Source)

Purpose: The purpose of MO-CASE is:

· To promote professional leadership among special educators
· To promoted the study of issues common to its members
· To communicate, through discussion and publications, information that will assist in the development of improved services for exceptional children in the state
· To participate actively in the improvement and the expansion of special education programs in the state (Source)

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President: Steven Beldin


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Legislation & Advocacy: You can read details about MO-CASE’s legislative platform and advocacy perspectives on its website. Here’s a brief summary of each of the organization’s key policy perspectives:

· MO-CASE opposes school transfer and open enrollment
· MO-CASE opposes school vouchers
· MO-CASE supports increased charter school accountability
· MO-CASE opposes legislation that would mandate student retention
· MO-CASE generally opposes legislation that singles out discreet disabilities for different treatment within the education system
· MO-CASE supports legislation that promotes understanding of specific disabilities and provides quality recommendations for improving services to children with those disabilities
· MO-CASE is concerned about federal and state legislative and policy proposals that would revise teacher evaluation systems, teacher tenure, and establish differentiated compensation (pay for performance)
· MO-CASE believes that teacher evaluation, tenure and compensation may be based in part on student growth, but not as a majority portion so that other factors become inconsequential.
· MO-CASE is against corporal punishment in schools
· MO-CASE supports state policy initiatives that move Missouri toward universally accessible preschool for all children
· MO-CASE strongly supports mandatory early childhood special education services (ECSE)
· MO-CASE supports federal legislation that reasonably limits the use of seclusion, restraint and aversive interventions.
· MO-CASE strongly supports increasing federal and state funding to adequately support the significant special education requirements imposed on schools.

This post is part of a running series called “Missouri Education Advocates,” which is designed to highlight the professional education organizations in Missouri that work on public education legislation and advocacy. These short and sweet features highlight basic information about some of Missouri’s leading education organizations.

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