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Welcome to the Mid-State Special Education Cooperative

Serving children, families, and schools with kindness, flexibility, and grace!

On behalf of the MSSE administrative team and our member districts, I would like to welcome you to our new website designed with our stakeholders in mind.  Since 1967, our school districts in rural central Illinois have worked jointly in order to provide a variety of special education programs and services to meet the educational needs of all learners.  Knowing that together we can provide more, our 13-member districts continue to work cooperatively to access and share the benefits of experienced specialists and expertise, to maximize resources, and to provide quality educational services to all students.  MSSE has evolved over time; however, our commitment to excellence and our dedication to the children, families, and educators we serve remains stronger than ever.

Given the current situation, it is imperative that we are working together to provide safe and targeted supports to assist children who are learning in-person, hybrid, or remote.  As we returned to start the 2020-21 school year, my message to staff was clear:

  1. There will be a lot of distractions, but keep your focus on the kids.
  2. Although this may be the most difficult and challenging year you’ve experienced, remember that we are experts at providing education differently, and it is OK to lean on our strong and very experienced team—any time—day or night.
  3. We will serve children, families, and schools with kindness, flexibility, and grace! (taking care to extend these same qualities to ourselves)

We are in this together, and we hope that you find our updated website helpful and easy to access whether you are a student, parent, caretaker, educator, or community member.  Please let us know if you have any ideas which might help us improve our services or our site by clicking here.


Angela Armour, MSSE Director




Our Mission

Everyone, in every position within Mid-State Special Education, is focused upon student achievement and well-being. Mid-State Special Education believes that all children have the capacity to learn and benefit from the educational experiences afforded them in their community.