In a recent commentary for Flypaper, I expressed concern regarding the growth of specialized charter schools: that is, schools designed solely or primarily to educate students with disabilities. Regrettably, my commentary failed to convey the nuance this complex and important topic deserves.
The charter sector cannot fulfill the responsibilities central to being a public school absent a coherent and coordinated effort to improve the capacity of individual schools to provide quality special education and related services. Focused efforts to cultivate and distribute policies and practices that ensure charter schools welcome and provide exemplary services to students with disabilities are urgently needed.
n service of the 6.8 million students with disabilities and their families, we thank the National Council on Disability and the Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus for devoting resources to investigate this important topic.
This post recounts the Center’s support of the Keeping All Students Safe Act and the benefits from it.
Regulations and protocols at the federal and state levels exist to minimize the disruption public school closures create and to protect finite funding, resources, and student privacy.
This milestone has us reflecting about the progress we have made and looking forward to the opportunities ahead. In 2013−more than 20 years into the evolution of the charter sector-we launched NCSECS to ensure not only that students with disabilities could access charter schools, but that the schools would be prepared to help them succeed.
Mark Rynone, Executive Director of the NJ Special Education Collaborative, discusses the ways that Newark charter schools are working to ensure that students with disabilities can access and thrive in charter schools.
The National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools (NCSECS) will expand its advocacy capacity for students with disabilities with the support of a $1.2 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Join NCSECS in congratulating Laurie VanderPloeg on her appointment to serve as Director for the Office of Special Education Programs in the United States Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
As part of its effort to share best practices with the special education community, The National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools (NCSECS) identified several public charter schools across the country as “Centers for Excellence” and is communicating how each school uniquely leverages its autonomy to benefit students with disabilities.