School-of-the-District vs. Charter SELPA: Navigating SpEd Options

Thursday, March 14, 9:45 am–11:00 am
Sheraton - Tofanelli


Charter schools often find Special Education to be a challenging landscape to maneuver. This session examines the educational, operational, and financial considerations schools must weigh in determining how Special Education services will be provided. Panel members will present a financial framework to assess pros and cons of both school-of-the-district and Charter Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) options, offer tips on how to budget and manage costs, and detail one school’s experience to demonstrate the key decision points.

Topic: Special Education Summit
Additional Audience(s): Business Managers, New Charter School Developers, Charter School Leaders
Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Grade Level: Elementary, Middle School, High School, Multiple Grade Levels

Presented by

Erin Finnell Erin Finnell, El Dorado County Charter SELPA

Erin Finnell is an Accountant with the El Dorado County Charter SELPA. As an integral member of the Business Services team, Erin collaborates with SELPA partners to maximize special education funding, administer the Allocation Plan, and provide support with compliance-related reporting. Erin carries a B.S. in Social Work from CSU, Sacramento, and brings years of accounting experience with non-profits, the construction industry and public education.

Tosin Okunoren Tosin Okunoren, EdTec Inc.

Tosin is an Associate Client Manager at EdTec, a social enterprise that provides back-office services to over 300 charter schools. He previously worked in public accounting and the corporate finance department of organizations, including Hilton Worldwide and ServiceMaster. After leaving Hilton Worldwide, he transitioned into the education sector and now provides financial advisory to charter schools ranging from 20 to 800 students. Tosin holds an MBA from Babson College and a Master of Professional Accountancy and BBA in Accounting from Georgia State University.

Neku Pogue Neku Pogue, Community Learning Charter Schools

Neku leads the Special Education program at CLCS, effectively accommodating and modifying learning for all students. Neku found her path to teaching through Oakland Teaching Fellows and became a resource specialist at Westlake Middle School. Since then, she has pioneered innovative special education systems and practices at Westlake. She has also instructed first and second year Teach for America special educators regarding best practices through Loyola Marymount University. California native and proud mother, Netu holds a bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College as well as both a Master’s in Public Administration and in Special Education from San Francisco State University.