ERIC Number: ED444297
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Charter Schools and Special Education: Balancing Disparate Visions. An Investigation of Charter Schools and Special Education in Fifteen States.
Rhim, Lauren M.; McLaughlin, Margaret J.
This report describes activities and findings of Project SEARCH, an on-going qualitative research project investigating the current status of policies regarding children with disabilities in charter schools. The project has involved a preliminary analysis of all current charter laws to examine the inclusion of students with disabilities and a more focused investigation of charter schools in 14 states and the District of Columbia. Currently the project is conducting in-depth case studies of 7 of the 15 states to develop a set of policy recommendations that will be presented for review and validation at national meetings of general and special educators, parents, and representatives of charter schools. Findings to date have identified seven general categories pertinent to special education in charter schools: (1) state charter school laws, (2) the charter granting process, (3) charter school governance, (4) admissions and enrollment, (5) operational (staffing, technical assistance, facilities, and transportation), (6) finance, and (7) data collection and accountability. Findings suggest that charter schools fare better if they are "totally-linked" or "partially-linked" with a local district special education infrastructure and become part of a state or local "continuum of service." The somewhat disparate visions of charter schools and special education are seen as a major issue. (Contains 23 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Case Studies, Charter Schools, Disabilities, Educational Legislation, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Inclusive Schools, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Special Education, State Legislation
Web site: http://www.nasdse.org/Project/20Search/Project_Search documents.htm
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.