August 2019 Newsletter
Aug 30

August 2019 Newsletter







August 30, 2019

Partnership and collaboration are critical to achieving the Center’s mission. We hope that our newsletter helps inform and empower you to take action in your area. Email to discuss how to improve education for students with disabilities in charter schools near you.




In her most recent blog post, Wendy Tucker, the Center’s Senior Director of Policy, reflected on the National Governors Association’s two day convening of Governors’ offices in Nashville, TN earlier this month. She highlights that state Governors and their administrations have the unique opportunity to take the lead on closing the achievement gap for students with disabilities – and to support policies towards that end.
Earlier this month, the Center for American Progress (CAP) published a report that explores the effects of student mobility and the challenges of developing backfill policies, which allow new students to enroll in a school in the middle of the year when there are available seats. The report lists recommendations for policymakers around reducing mobility, better understanding policies and practices around mobility, and encouraging equitable approaches to backfill across all public schools.
New America published a brief providing an overview of the “separate but intersecting” federal policies surrounding the identification of and services provided to English learners (EL) and students with disabilities. With the objective of supporting policymakers, advocates, and practitioners in taking more strategic action, the brief identifies key opportunities in which ELs with disabilities can be more equitably educated.
A recent Chalkbeat article emphasizes how procedural safeguard notices – mandated by IDEA and meant to inform families of their rights at least once a year – can be “unreadable, impractical, and intimidating.” The author asserts that state education agencies must be held accountable for creating more user-friendly procedural safeguard notices instead of “push[ing] responsibility down to school staff” and thus “continu[ing] to perpetuate a system of disempowerment for families.”
The Ruderman Family Foundation published a report that explores the connection between disability, social media, cyberbullying, and mental health, specifically documenting that students with disabilities are almost twice as likely to be victims of cyberbullying compared to their peers without disabilities.
Under federal law, students with disabilities who complete four years of high school – but still need support preparing for higher education, a job, or independent living – are entitled to a free and appropriate public education until age 22. At the end of last month, the 74million published a profile on Opportunities Academy (and its coffee shop, rOAst), which educates New Orleans’ students with disabilities who are in need of transition services.



Calling all CMO school and special education leaders!

Our National CMO Special Education Network will be convening for our annual conference 10/16-10/18 in Houston, TX. This event brings together special education and school leaders from across the country to focus on driving high level systems change to improve outcomes for students with disabilities. This year, we plan to engage around topics such as developing full continuums of service, managing up/outward to ensure strong Tier 1 systems and practices, exploring teacher perceptions and mindsets, and discussing the role of anti-bias education to elevate inclusion and disrupt disproportionality.

Please email Megan if you are interested in attending or presenting!





The Center on the Road

If you will be at any of the following upcoming events, please come find us. We love to connect with our partners and stakeholders.

  • Colorado Charter School Institute’s Equity Convening:
    September 6 in Denver, CO
  • PIE Network’s 2019 Summit Spurring Innovation: 
    September 25-27 in Austin, TX
  • Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools’ Annual Conference Building Pathways to Excellence: 
    October 9-11 in Harrisburg, PA
  • New Jersey Charter Schools Conference: 
    October 15-15 in Atlantic City, NJ
  • 2019 Missouri Charter Schools Conference: 
    October 16-18 in Kansas City, MO
  • 2019 NACSA Leadership Conference Gateways to Impact: 
    October 21-24 in St. Louis, MO
  • The Center’s National CMO Special Education Network Annual Convening: 
    October 17-18 in Houston, TX
  • Equity in Education Coalition’s Decolonizing Education Conference: 
    October 27-29 in Tacoma, WA





The Center staff members took time to step back as a team and reflect together on our work – past, present, and future – during our annual staff retreat this month. We are excited to continue working towards our mission with a renewed sense of urgency and commitment.







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