New report reviews special education services at charter schools

Provision of special education and related services in public charter schools has been an ongoing source of debate since the sector’s inception. A report from the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools, and the newly created National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools, explores the relevant legal framework that shapes special education in the charter sector today. It also outlines both the challenges and opportunities for providing special education services; and identifies key accountability structures to ensure special education services are provided in public charter schools.

The report, released in October 2013, also recommends specific actions that can help charter school operators and support organizations ensure that their schools not only welcome but also create exceptional opportunities for all students, including students with disabilities. For example, taking an active role, along with parents, by advocating for policy changes in the best interests of students with disabilities.

Read the report here.