Inform Policy

As a part of our efforts to engage in the national discussion of the challenges and successes of special education in charter schools, NCSECS works to track and inform federal, state, and local policy to ensure that it is based on an accurate and nuanced understanding of the issues and that adequate structures are in place to provide exemplary supports that comply with relevant statutes for students with disabilities who are enrolling in charter schools.

NCSECS has been involved with informing the discussion around the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA or “No Child Left Behind”) through collaboration with the Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights and the Council for Citizens with Disabilities. Looking to the future, NCSECS will track reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), regulations that shape the administration of the U.S. Department of Education’s Charter School Program and continue to monitor and comment on policy issues that have a direct or indirect effect on students with disabilities who are enrolling in charter schools.