Special Education




The East Cleveland City School District is dedicated to ensuring that appropriate special education services are provided for all eligible students from birth through 21 years of age. We have high expectations for all children, and in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), ensure access to the general education curriculum in regular education classrooms, to the maximum extent possible. The District offers a full continuum of special education services readily available throughout the District, with programs serving children with learning challenges, multiple disabilities, emotional/behavioral needs, as well as those with speech/language and other related services needs. The District’s special education staff is committed to serving our students and their families.  We value both collaboration and communication in the process of meeting the unique needs of every child. 

If you have a child who you believe has a disability, please contact Courtney Bean Jones at (216) 268-6474 or cjones@eastclevelandschools.org


Bethany Britt

Compliance Coordinator, Special Education Services

(216) 268-6470



Valerie Rhodes-Benson

Office Manager

(216) 268-6349



Link:  A Guide to Parents Rights In Special Education



Parent Mentor Project


The Objective of the Parent Mentor Project is to be a partner in creating a system of services and resources within school districts and communities to support families of children with disabilities. Through interaction and communication with families, school staff and the greater community, partnerships and alliances may develop in support of children and youth with disabilities.  Parent Mentors serve as a resource and liaison between families, school staff and the community.

Through an understanding of special education processes in the district and personal experience, Parent Mentors support families to become meaningfully engaged in their child’s education. An understanding of parent notice, evaluation team reports and IEPs ensures that families receive accurate, basic information about the supports and services for children with disabilities. Providing assistance to families in understanding the questions to ask and the information to request, as well as sharing parent perspectives in meetings with school staff, will support common understanding, mutual respect and trust.  The Parent Mentor for East Cleveland City Schools is Tellawanda Moore.  Ms. Moore can be reached at (216) 249-4261 or by email at tmoore@eastclevelandschools.org


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The East Cleveland City School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, age, handicap or sex.
The policy of equal opportunity governs every aspect of the district's operations and activities, including educational programs and employment.