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The Education of All Handicapped Children Act (Public Law 94-142) requires that states provide a free, appropriate public education, including related services, for all children with disabilities from ages 3 to 21.

The Marion County Special Education Cooperative #617  (MCSEC) was formed to provide a free, appropriate education for exceptional children in the five school districts of Marion County. MCSEC is organized under Kansas law as a legal entity cooperative.


MCSEC is located in central Kansas, and provides services to about 530 students and preschoolers. We have over 40 certified and clinical professionals, 80 paraeducators, and 5 classified staff members.

The cooperative is governed by the MCSEC Board of Directors composed of a member from the board of education from each of the five school districts. The board has all of the responsibilities and powers of a local board of education except for the power to tax. The board must employ staff, establish policy, and propose and approve the expenditures of a budget.