If you're looking for the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) you have come to the right place. We have some exciting news about our organization. We have a new name! MOFAS has officially been renamed Proof Alliance. Our mission remains the same: to prevent prenatal alcohol exposure and to improve the quality of life for people living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
We now have the proof that prenatal alcohol exposure is a leading cause of brain injury in children. We have the proof that FASD is 100% preventable and people living with an FASD can reach 100% of their potential.
We seek to build powerful alliances with people with an FASD, their families, legislators, experts in the field, new partners, and community members to bring awareness, research, and services to this field.
Proof Alliance is rebranding, expanding, and we're moving! We have a new logo, website, and prevention campaign to help change the norms around drinking during pregnancy. And in May 2019 we will be moving to a stand-alone building. Proof Alliance commits to the people of Minnesota and we will continue to develop transformative programs to help Minnesotans impacted by FASD.
Charter schools are public elementary and secondary schools much like a traditional public school in your school district. Groups of individuals start a charter school for a number of different reasons including to serve a special population or to provide educational programming that is true to their vision on how learning should take place. Families choose a charter school for their child for much of the same reasons. Charter schools often claim higher academic standards, smaller class sizes and approaches to teaching and learning not offered by the traditional public school setting. Minnesota state rules govern charter schools in the areas of transportation requirements and teacher licensure requirements to name a few.
Charter schools receive a mixture of federal, state and local funds. Because they receive federal funds they are required under IDEA to provide services for an individual with a disability. Funding for special education services may come from the district if the school is considered part of the local education agency or come directly from the charter school if they maintain their own local education agency.
Charter schools take applications for the current open slots that they have within their school structure. If more students apply then the charter can serve, typically a “lottery” system is implemented to determine who is awarded admission in to the school. A student with a disability can attend a charter school, however, all of the services they required may or may not be available to them at that site. In those cases, the student’s team would need to determine if an alternate service can be substituted and if not, how the student will have access to the needed services.
How do I know if a charter school is the right fit for my child?
When a traditional education program is not working for your child, a charter school may be a good option. When considering this option: