ERIC Number: ED429416
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Charter Schools and Special Education: A Report on State Policies. Project FORUM Final Report, Deliverable #1-3.2.
Ahearn, Eileen M.
This report reviews state policy documents, other than state laws, that pertain to students with disabilities in charter schools. It includes background information on charter schools in general and relevant federal legislation, a report of a survey on state policy documents, and a discussion of four areas of critical issues related to this topic. The survey was conducted in the spring of 1998. It revealed that about half of the states reported having no written policy document relating to students with disabilities in charter schools. In addition, it is apparent that little, if any, thought was given to conflicts between charter school statues and existing special education requirements prior to the passage of any state's legislation allowing for the establishment of charter schools within the public education system. The major areas of policy identified and discussed are: (1) the meaning and implications of a charter school's status as a local education agency; (2) the monitoring of charter schools for compliance with special education requirements; (3) funding for students with disabilities in charter schools; and (4) the interface between special education requirements and charter school admission policies. This document also contains two appendices--a summary of existing state charter school regulations and a list of the state policy materials used in the study--and 13 references. (Author/CR)
Descriptors: Admission Criteria, Admission (School), Charter Schools, Disabilities, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Financial Support, National Surveys, Policy Formation, School Districts, Special Education, State Regulation, Student Rights, Supervision
Project FORUM, National Association of State Directors of Special Education, 1800 Diagonal Road, Suite 320, Alexandria, VA 22314.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.