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ERIC Number: ED511626
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
Pages: 192
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 149
The State of Special Education Practices within Our Nation's Charter Schools
Dearhammer, Nancy E.
Online Submission, Ed.D. Dissertation, Loyola University of Chicago
The purpose of this study was to assess the presence and/or implementation of Special Education activities within charter schools by questioning principals about the presence of children with disabilities in their schools, types of services provided in the charter schools, and the beliefs and attitudes of the principals regarding Special Education law, philosophy, and implementation. The research question was: What is the current state of special education in our nation's charter schools? This was delineated into 4 sub questions dealing with criteria of effective schools, the extent of implementation, and specific services provided in the schools. Data was collected from a survey that was posted on the World Wide Web. Responses were anonymously mailed back in an electronic format, disabling the ability to identify the respondent. The survey instrument was designed to assess principal attitude, numbers of students with disabilities, special education and/or related services being provided in charter schools, the principals' understanding of their obligations, and the beliefs and attitudes of the principals regarding Special Education law, philosophy, and implementation. It was found that while some charter school principals did not feel that their schools should have to serve students with special needs, they were not in the majority. Some schools were apparently created to serve various populations of children such as autistic children or EMH children. Special education and its related services were being provided in a number of schools and the range of services was great. Charter schools did meet the criteria of effective schools as presented in the study. Based on the principals' self-reporting, special education students in charter schools are present and there is evidence that special education and related services are being provided, despite the ambiguity surrounding charter legislation and how Special Education is to be implemented within charter schools. Three appendixes are included: (1) Web-Based Survey & IRB Approval; (2) Electronic Mail Letter to Recipients & Follow-Up Letter; and (3) List of Terms and Acronyms. (Contains 40 tables.)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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