Executive Center 2A & 2B

Focus Group: Charter Schools and Voucher Programs.

Thursday, November 2
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: Executive Center 2A & 2B

Parents of students who have attended or tried to attend a charter school, or who have or are considering using a voucher program are invited to participate in a focus group regarding Charter Schools, Choice and Vouchers and the Implications for Students with Disabilities.

The focus group is being facilitated by Denise Marshall, Executive Director of the Council of Parent  Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA).  COPAA, under agreement from The National Council on Disability, is conducting research for a report. The findings in this report will primarily serve to assist policymakers, including the White House and Congress, and state and local education agencies with insight needed to make policy decisions designed to improve the outcomes for students with disabilities in charter schools and voucher programs.  We  believe it is essential for all stakeholders, including students with disabilities and those who support them, to participate and have a voice in the reports and recommendations for practical improvement of policy that significantly impacts their lives.


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Denise Marshall

Executive Director
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
Towson, Maryland

Denise has been the Executive Director of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) since 2005. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Master of Science in Applied Behavioral Science. Denise has a wealth of non-profit association management experience and is a dynamic trainer, experienced in leading sessions for participants of diverse abilities and experience levels. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of COPAA, Denise was the Director of Training and Educational Outreach for the national organization TASH from 1995-2005, the Program Manager and Trainer for Maryland Leaders in Disability Policy; and a Positive Behavior Support Specialist and Director of the National Training Center for The Kennedy Krieger Institute in Maryland. Denise's specific areas of interest are the civil right to quality education, positive behavioral supports, prevention and reduction in the use of restraints, seclusion and aversive techniques, family supports, grassroots advocacy, self-advocacy, and experiential learning.

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