Our goal is to advocate for students with diverse learning needs to ensure that if they are interested in attending charter schools, they are able to access and thrive in schools designed to enable all students to succeed.
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Charter schools can leverage their autonomy to provide creative, academically powerful programs that enable students to succeed. But, not unlike many traditional public schools, they frequently struggle to consistently and effectively meet the needs of students with disabilities and, in particular, students with more significant disabilities. Too often charter schools, like other public schools, lack the specialized knowledge to know how to serve students with disabilities, especially severe disabilities, and to meet their needs directly, rather than serving them through a private placement outside of the school.