About the ESA
The ESD 112 Specialized Education ESA is unique in Washington State. This ESA provides a free and appropriate education to students that are eligible for special education services in 26 districts that have joined together to pool resources (i.e., staff, equipment, expertise, materials, etc.). The ESA serves districts’ children with disabilities and their families effectively and economically.
The cooperative began furnishing itinerant services in 1972. With the addition of classroom services in 1984, ESD 112 became a direct service district for participating resident districts in Southwest Washington and extending the cooperative’s benefits to include:
- More flexible, effective and efficient use of staff and other resources
- All member districts, regardless of size or rural location, have equal access to all services
- It’s a guarantee – all children receive services
- No single member takes the full cost of an expensive placement since all costs are shared
- Members receive administrative service without the addition of extra duties to a principal or hiring a special education administrator
- Legal and technical expertise available to members at any time
In 2003, the ESA began offering services outside of the Southwest Washington area.
The ESA is governed by an elected chair and representative five-member executive advisory committee comprised of participating districts’ superintendents. Although districts agree to pool their fiscal resources and share in staff, materials and resources, all members receive services based on needs, not a pro rata portion of their contributions.