ERIC Number: ED426511
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Review of Charter School Legislation Provisions Related to Students with Disabilities.
Fiore, Thomas A.; Cashman, Erin R.
A study examined ways that charter schools serve children with disabilities. This report provides the results of field-based data collection with parents, teachers, administrators, and students on how well charter schools are working with students with disabilities. It presents evidence on the reasons parents are enrolling students with disabilities in charter schools; the nature of services provided to these students, especially in contrast to the students' previous schools; outcome goals of charter schools; student-outcome measures charter schools employ; and the extent of students' success in the charter schools based on the schools' outcome goals, the states' accountability standards, and parents' outcome expectations. The text focuses on ways that state legislatures have directly addressed special education and students with disabilities, which should help with site selection for visits to a national sample of charter schools. The review also provides information useful for tailoring individual data-collection protocols prior to each school visit. The text looks at charter schools' independence from districts, their personnel decisions, their exemption from laws and regulations, their general funding, and their goals. Three appendices offer information on statutory provisions in all the states regarding school organization, exemptions, liability, funding, and other characteristics. (RJM)
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Disabilities, Educational Legislation, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, School Effectiveness, State Legislation, State Regulation
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Research Triangle Inst., Research Triangle Park, NC. EDD00036