During February 2019, the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools (the Center) commemorated Black History Month by exploring the intersection of race and disability with Black leaders in the education community. The Center asked leaders to comment on the importance of upholding students’ civil rights, e.g., ADA, IDEA, and Section 504, now more than ever.

Howard Fuller urges charters to serve ALL students regardless of ability. Mashea Ashton encourages us to do better at referring students for special education services when they actually need them and not because of racial bias. Aqua Stovall reminds us to embrace culturally responsive education and to design charter schools to the edges.

Thank you to Howard, Mashea, and Aqua for sharing your incredible voices and messages!