Public Policy

Harbor Island 2

Education Policy: What Does School Choice Really Mean?

Friday, November 3
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Location: Harbor Island 2

Target Audience: Family Members

School choice initiatives are increasing significantly in states and there are federal proposals to expand them. These initiatives come in a variety of forms - traditional vouchers, education savings accounts, tax credit scholarships, and individual tax credits or deductions. Come to this session to learn about the different types of school choice options and key questions for families of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to consider before deciding whether to support or take advantage of them.

Learning Objectives:

Annie Marie Acosta

Director of Fiscal and Family Support Policy
The Arc
Washington, District of Columbia

Annie joined The Arc's policy team when The Arc re-established its independent public policy office in 2001. Annie covers budget and appropriations, education, Developmental Disabilities Act programs, autism, technology, prevention, and family support issues. She serves as a co-chair of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Fiscal Policy Task Force and the Developmental Disabilities, Autism, and Family Support Task Force. Prior to her current position, she served as the Director of Grassroots Advocacy for The Arc and UCP's Disability Policy Collaboration, as the Program Director for the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) and as a Government Project Officer for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Annie received her MSW from Catholic University and her bachelor's degree in Political Science from The George Washington University.


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