MANSEF Announces New Parents Group
Parent members to advocate for schools, education and services for special needs students
BALTIMORE ??? The Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities (MANSEF) has announced the formation of a new parents group to support nonpublic schools that provide education and services to Maryland???s special needs students. Friends of MANSEF members represent a wide geographic range, with children of varying ages and needs.
The Friends of MANSEF serve in an advisory capacity to the MANSEF Board of Directors to address matters of family involvement and communication and act as a core group of advocates to help educate government leaders, policy makers and members of the public about the educational needs of children with disabilities.
Legislative advocacy and outreach are key for maintaining the nonpublic schools. For example, tuitions for MANSEF schools, which are funded jointly by the state of Maryland and local school systems, have been frozen for the last three years. In Governor O???Malley???s 2013, proposed budget, currently before the Maryland General Assembly, recommends nonpublic schools receive a one percent increase.
???We are gratified by the commitment that the parents have to the MANSEF schools and their passion for advocating for their children???s education,??? says Dorie Flynn, executive director of MANSEF. ???The Friends of MANSEF serve as the face and voice of our schools??? special needs students.???
Friends of MANSEF members have extensive backgrounds in special education, communications, legal and health issues and child advocacy. Parent members are:
- Linda Carter-Ferrier, of Severn is the co-chair of Friends of MANSEF. Her son attends Forbush at Glyndon in Reisterstown.
- Laura Russell, of Silver Spring, is the co-chair of Friends of MANSEF. Her son graduated from the Ivymount School in Rockville.
- Chris Casey, of Greenbelt. His son attends Chelsea School in Silver Spring.
- Melissa Gordon, of Pikesville. Her son attends St. Elizabeth School in Baltimore City.
- Inge??? Harris, of Annapolis. Her child attends Forbush Therapeutic Preschool at Towson.
- Deb Howard, of Lauraville. Her son attends Harbour School in Baltimore.
- Michelle Jarvis, of Rockville. Her child attends the Frost School in Rockville.
- O???Melia James, of Bel Air. Her son attends Kennedy Krieger High School in Baltimore City.
- J???Nay Jones, of Baltimore. Her daughter attends Forbush at Glyndon in Reisterstown.
- Janet Lee, of Derwood. Her child attends the Frost School in Rockville.
- Monica Phelps, of Baltimore. Her son attends St. Elizabeth School in Baltimore City.
- Carin Smith, of Reisterstown. Her daughter attends St. Elizabeth School in Baltimore City.
- Colleen O???Neill Yanchulis, of Arnold. Her son attends High Road Academy in Laurel.