Dec 13

Center for Learner Equity Endorses Valerie Williams as Director, Office of Special Education, U.S. Department of Education

In response to the swearing in of Valerie Williams as Director of the Office of Special Education (OSEP) in the U.S. Department of Education, Lauren Morando Rhim, co-founder and executive director of the Center for Learner Equity (“the Center”) issued the following statement:

“The Center is pleased that Valerie Williams has been chosen to serve as the director of the Office of Special Education. Her unique background as a leader in disability policy and her experience working to support states as they implement the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), make Valerie well-qualified, and we know she will strive to support states and districts in their efforts to improve outcomes for this nation’s 7 million students with disabilities, including over 330,000 students with disabilities enrolled in charter schools. Valerie’s deep commitment to ensuring that every child has access to fair, equitable, and high-quality education will guide her work.  We look forward to partnering with her so that every child can achieve educational success.”