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As part of recent Congressional efforts to reauthorize the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), considerable attention was paid to students with disabilities in charter schools. Several amendments were proposed that would have prioritized admissions of students with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) and exempted such admissions from weighted lottery restrictions within federal law that would otherwise block charter schools employing these admissions practices from eligibility for funding under the Public Charter Schools Program of ESEA.