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

2014-07-07T11:15:22+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 City and Pennsylvania. [...]

Some High-Performing Charters are Innovating in Special Ed – Leaving School Districts Behind 2014-07-07T11:15:22+00:00

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

2014-04-01T11:45:19+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 in [...]

Charter Schools, the Time is Now to Take On Special Ed in a Big Way 2014-04-01T11:45:19+00:00

Charter Schools Have a Great Opportunity to Serve Sped Students Well

2012-11-06T07:53:43+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 attention [...]

Charter Schools Have a Great Opportunity to Serve Sped Students Well 2012-11-06T07:53:43+00:00

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

2010-05-03T13:52:52+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 children's [...]

Are You an Extreme Chooser? (How Far Would You Go to Find the Right School?) 2010-05-03T13:52:52+00:00