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REL Southwest Event: The Special Education Enrollment Gap in Louisiana: Charter vs. Traditional Schools
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October 12, 2018

Time: 2:30–4:00 p.m. Central Time

Location: Virtual

Description: Join REL Southwest for a free webinar on the special education enrollment gap in Louisiana. The webinar will explore the findings and implications of REL Southwest’s report Special education enrollment and classification in Louisiana charter schools and traditional schools. In this interactive webinar, participants will learn about the report’s findings from Principal Investigator Dr. Patrick Wolf, Ph.D., distinguished professor of education policy at the University of Arkansas. In addition, participants will hear a researcher’s perspective on the applications and implications of the report’s findings outside of Louisiana from Tessie Bailey, Ph.D., principal technical assistance consultant at the American Institutes for Research, followed by a practitioner’s reflection on applying the findings in a charter school setting from Sametta Brown, retired chief executive officer of New Beginning Schools Foundation. Finally, presenters will engage in a panel discussion facilitated by Shannon Lasserre-Cortez, Ph.D., senior researcher at REL Southwest and coauthor of the report, and participants will have the opportunity to pose questions in a question-and-answer session.

Audience: This webinar is designed for state administrators, superintendents, charter school principals, charter school board members, charter authorizers, and special education advocates.


  • Shannon Lasserre-Cortez, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, REL Southwest
  • Patrick Wolf, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Education Policy, University of Arkansas
  • Tessie Bailey, Ph.D., Principal Technical Assistance Consultant, American Institutes for Research
  • Sametta Brown, Retired Chief Executive Officer, New Beginnings Schools Foundation

Report Citation: Wolf, P. J., & Lasserre-Cortez, S. (2018). Special education enrollment and classification in Louisiana charter schools and traditional schools (REL 2018–288). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest. Retrieved from

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