Special Education Official Leads Data-Collection Push
Beginning next month, states will have to report to the federal government more information for their students with disabilities than they were ever required to do under previous incarnations of the federal special education law.
The data-collection effort is not only a challenge for state officials, however. It’s also one of the first major activities to be entirely overseen by Alexa E. Posny, who last April took over as the first full-time director of the Department of Education’s office of special education programs since March 2005.
Ms. Posny, herself a former state education official in Kansas, has gotten generally good marks from those in the field since she assumed the reins at the federal office, known by its acronym, OSEP. Supporters point to her knowledge base and what they say is her ability to make complicated...
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