There is an important issue impacting kids with disabilities in charter schools lurking in paragraph 4, below. With a teaser like that, hopefully you will make it through some background.
The U.S. Department of Education has released new non-regulatory guidance regarding weighted charter school lotteries. In a nutshell, the new guidance is less a significant policy change than an expanded interpretation of existing policy regarding practices that are permissible by charter schools that seek to secure CSP grants fund.
Two recent analyses of New York City charter schools include data regarding the enrollment and mobility of students with disabilities. While many questions remain, the two reports are examples of the type of research essential to having informed policy discussions regarding how to ensure students with disabilities have equal access to charter schools.
Every few years, the U.S. Department of Education conducts a competition that provides millions of dollars of funding for “national activities grants” through the federal Public Charter Schools Program.
I once made a New Year’s resolution to eat pizza only once a month and to jog out in the cold late in the evenings 3 days per week, despite the winter weather in New Jersey. Neither got much traction. This year, my New Year’s resolution is to post regular blog entries on this site.
Alex Medler’s (VP, Policy and Advocacy at the National Association of Charter School Authorizers), suggestion that states seek flexibility under the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP) makes a lot of sense, especially since any reauthorization of the ESEA still appears to be a long way off.
We are pleased to announce the release of our latest report, “Improving Access and Creating Exceptional Opportunities for Students with Disabilities in Public Charter Schools”.
Today, in response to a compelling need in the charter school sector, the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools (NCSECS) is announcing its launch at the National Association of Charter School Authorizers’ (NACSA) 2013 Leadership Conference.
The District’s charter schools expelled far fewer students in the 2012-13 school year than the school year before, but individual charters’ expulsion rates continued to vary widely, according to D.C. Public Charter School Board data released Tuesday.
“I want to see charters pioneering solutions that do a better job of educating students with disabilities,” Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, July 2013, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Conference, Washington, DC.