Including students with disabilities in charter schools: Primers

These Primers provide background information and resources to facilitate the successful inclusion of students with disabilities in charter schools. (post updated, November 1, 2011)  … [Read more...]

The Facts on Charter Schools and Students with Disabilities

by Elaine MulliganWith special thanks to Eileen Ahearn of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) for her content expertise and advicePDF versionNovember, 2011 | Resources updated, May 2013Charter schools are fairly new in public education, and they’ve generated a lot of interest and inquiry. For many families and educators, charter schools offer more options for how students will be educated. For others, charter … [Read more...]

Students with disabilities in charter schools

As more and more parents consider charter schools as an alternative to noncharter public schools for their children with special needs, special education in charters deserves a critical look. This info brief examines the challenges and successes of special education in charter schools, including issues related to enrollment, legal identity, infrastructure, school choice, and virtual charters. From the National Center for Technology Innovation.  (posted … [Read more...]

Implementing Inclusion in Charter Schools

by Dr. Chloé MarshallDr. Chloé Marshall is Principal of Imagine Hope charter school's Tolson campus, serving students in pre-K through 8th grades in Northeast Washington, DC. She has committed her life to advancing the academic and social agenda of all students. In this guest blog for NICHCY, she describes the ways in which she supports inclusive practices in one urban charter school.Imagine . . .Imagine a landscape of dancing lilies, billowing … [Read more...]

Special education start-up and implementation tools for charter school leaders and special education managers

This user-friendly guidebook and toolkit was developed by special education experts to support charter school leaders and special education managers as they build special education programs to serve students with disabilities. The document helps charter school educators understand what they need to know about special education topics and then connects them to helpful resources and tools. (posted January 14, 2013)  … [Read more...]

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