Charter schools

Your School Choices

2020-04-15T17:47:53+00:00

Your School Choices If your child is in a difficult school situation, you might choose to stay where you are and make the situation better. I can certainly help with that. But sometimes a school is just the wrong fit. Choosing a school for your child is much more than a choice between your neighborhood school and paying for a private school. If you are unhappy with your neighborhood school, you have lots of options – particularly if you plan ahead and particularly in Florida. Some of them are an exciting departure from school business-as-usual and most of them are [...]

Your School Choices2020-04-15T17:47:53+00:00

Some High-Performing Charters are Innovating in Special Ed – Leaving School Districts Behind

2020-04-15T04:35:42+00:00

Charter schools often have an awkward, if not contentious, relationship with their local districts. That makes sense, as the public charter school movement is essentially a reaction to what can be a cookie cutter way of educating kids in neighborhood schools. Yet charter schools are part of the very same district (or state) that funds the neighborhood schools. It’s as if they’re siblings – they have the same parents but are often rivals – vying for funding, control, students, and political power among other things. Some district/charter relationships are cooperative, but others are rancorous, as illustrated by recent disputes in New York [...]

Some High-Performing Charters are Innovating in Special Ed – Leaving School Districts Behind2020-04-15T04:35:42+00:00

Charter Schools, the Time is Now to Take On Special Ed in a Big Way

2020-04-15T04:34:09+00:00

Charter schools and special education. Two concepts antithetical to each other? Not in my book. A handful of public charters are already doing a bang-up job educating kids with disabilities, I swear. And some visionary charter school leaders already see special education not merely as a political liability, which it is now more than ever, but as an opportunity to propel charters even further into the mainstream and to prove that charters can do special education better than the traditional public school system – unfortunately, that shouldn’t be a very difficult feat. But why would I have so much faith [...]

Charter Schools, the Time is Now to Take On Special Ed in a Big Way2020-04-15T04:34:09+00:00

Charter Schools Have a Great Opportunity to Serve Sped Students Well

2020-04-15T04:32:33+00:00

As many of you may have heard, last spring the U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a study concluding that charter schools enroll a lower percentage of special education students than traditional public schools.  The latest is that the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights has deployed “several broad compliance reviews” to address enrollment as well as legal compliance in charter schools, and that some state legislatures have placed enrollment “targets” resembling quotas in charter schools to “fix” the enrollment problem. This GAO report has gotten a tremendous amount of attention over the last several months.  Some of that [...]

Charter Schools Have a Great Opportunity to Serve Sped Students Well2020-04-15T04:32:33+00:00

Are You an Extreme Chooser? (How Far Would You Go to Find the Right School?)

2020-04-15T04:38:20+00:00

Most parents are advocates of school choice -whether we identify ourselves that way or not.  We would choose to send our children to the best school in our neighborhood over the one which was just simply around the corner, that is, if we could.  Upper middle class parents routinely choose to buy homes in neighborhoods where the schools are superior - that was the earliest, and is still the most common, form of school choice. Parents of children with special needs have been called "extreme choosers" when it comes to finding the right school for their child.  That's because their [...]

Are You an Extreme Chooser? (How Far Would You Go to Find the Right School?)2020-04-15T04:38:20+00:00

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