Research: Schools Lack Specialized Expertise, Resources for Special Ed Programs
Mar 04

Research: Schools Lack Specialized Expertise, Resources for Special Ed Programs

On March 4, 2020, Education Dive wrote about how school choice affects families of students with disabilities, citing data from the Center’s CRDC analysis.

Charter schools have been criticized for not welcoming students with disabilities, but that trend appears to be changing. While students with disabilities are still less likely to attend charter schools than traditional schools, the numbers are growing.

An analysis by the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools shows that 83.5% of students with disabilities spend at least 80% of their day in general education classrooms, compared to 65.5% of students with disabilities in traditional public schools. But it’s still unclear whether charter schools have more students who can be successful in general classrooms or if they are struggling to provide programs for students with disabilities.

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