Barbara Case is the Director of the Compliance and Assistance Division, which monitors the implementation of many federal and state laws that assure equal access to education for students with disabilities. The division oversees the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the rehabilitation Act and the Maltreatment of Minors Act, among other laws. The division uses a combination of on-site monitoring, training, technical assistance and complaint investigation in the fulfillment of its responsibilities. The division is also responsible for agency-wide rulemaking, expulsion decisions and data practices and mediation, among other tasks.
Ms. Case graduated from the University of Minnesota law school. She practiced law with Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid and the Minnesota Disability Law Center before joining the Department as a special education complaint investigator.
Meet the 2015 Science Mathematics Principal
John Garcia, principal of Cedar Park Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) School in Apple Valley, has been named the 2015 Science and Mathematics Elementary and Middle Level Principal of the Year. Created through a partnership between the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA), the award recognizes the importance of fostering lifelong science literacy and the key role principals play in developing a culture that encourages student interest in math and science.