is a leader in the region, the state, and the nation in providing world class support to help develop and sustain world-class schools. Our vision is to be the regional catalyst to enable our clients to create the future by taking action now.
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Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESAs)
were first established by the Wisconsin Legislature in 1965. There are 12 CESAs to serve every school district in the state. Educational services are coordinated through the CESAs as requested by the school districts within its boundaries. Legislation passed in 1995 expanded CESA authority to contract with private agencies and schools within its geographical boundaries. CESA #1 includes 45 school districts in Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, Ozaukee, and Waukesha counties plus Germantown school district in Washington County. Each CESA is governed by a Board of Control made up of school board members from area districts. This policy-making body functions as a school board. The Agency Administrator is the non-voting secretary to the Board of Control. Programs may be implemented through contracts between the Agency and the school districts or other governmental units which receive and pay for services. School district superintendents identify needs and advise the Agency Administrator individually, as well as cooperatively, through their Professional Advisory Committee (PAC).
Many educational programs today are difficult for individual districts to provide on their own. Some of them may include but are not limited to:
- programs for students with disabilities
- early childhood programs
- staff and organizational development
- school to work
- transition services
- alternative education programs
- occupational/physical therapy services
- itinerant staff (i.e. school psychologists, nurses, teachers of the deaf)
- technical services
- administrative data processing support
- instructional technology support The CESAs develop and operate programs that lend themselves to interdistrict and interagency collaboration. Benefits of sharing resources through CESA include cost savings and quality programs.