Phone: 216.268.6600


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 Director, Special Education

Bethany Britt Compliance Coordinator, Special Education 

Valerie Rhodes-Benson Office Manager

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, 216.249.4261. 


HB 95: Eye Exam for IEP

IEP Eye Exam Report Form
Frequently Asked Questions
IEP Brochure
Eye Exam for IEP Information

Ohio Department of Education – Students with Disabilities

Learning Supports Students with Disabilities
Administrative guidance and oversight activities to ensure that students with disabilities receive the specialized instruction and support needed for success in school and in life.