ERIC Number: ED426515
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
Charter Schools and Students with Disabilities: Review of Existing Data.
Fiore, Thomas A.; Warren, Sandra H.; Cashman, Erin R.
This paper summarizes existing research on policy-relevant analyses that have focused on charter schools and students with disabilities. The research was not reviewed in depth and study methodologies were not critiqued; the report mainly provides an indication of what more rigorous research may reveal. Nevertheless, findings show that charter schools do not exclude students with disabilities. Parents who send their disabled students to charter schools and other schools of choice believe that these schools are more effective at meeting individual student needs, at keeping parents informed, and at providing mainstreaming options. These parents are also dissatisfied with the bureaucracy in regular public schools and the stigma attached to special education. The findings also reveal no evidence suggesting that special education destabilizes school budgets. Other results indicate that charter schools vary tremendously in terms of key school characteristics, that students with disabilities attending charter schools are entitled to the same due-process protection as those attending other public schools, that districts and states may not be holding charter schools rigorously accountable for academic outcomes, and that relatively few charter-school operators have received training as education administrators. An annotated bibliography appears in an appendix. (Contains 24 references.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Literature Reviews, Nontraditional Education, School Choice, School Role
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.; National Inst. on Student Achievement, Curriculum, and Assessment (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research Triangle Inst., Research Triangle Park, NC.