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ERIC Number: ED543880
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 136
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Primers on Special Education and Charter Schools: Compilation of Full Primer Set
Ahearn, Eileen M.; Giovannetti, Elizabeth A.; Lange, Cheryl M.; Rhim, Lauren Morando; Warren, Sandra Hopfengardner
National Association of State Directors of Special Education
This set of primers for charter school authorizers; charter school operators and state-level administrators has been developed to provide background information and resources for the "builders" of charter schools and policymakers to facilitate the successful inclusion of students with disabilities in charter schools. The primers open with a general background on legal issues and responsibility for special education in charter schools. The main sections of the first two primers then follow the "stages or phases of life" of a charter school, including pre-authorization; authorization; accountability and renewal; and non-renewal, revocation and relinquishment. The main sections of the primer for state officials are designed differently to meet the unique needs of state education agencies (SEAs). The sections of that primer include: charter school basics, charter schools and special education basics, key policies and procedural issues for state agency units, key special education policies for consideration by state special education personnel, and SEA assistance during charter school developmental stages. Although there are many complex aspects of developing and managing charter schools, the primers address only those areas most critical to implementing special education successfully in charter schools. They are not intended to be a complete treatment of special education law or practices. In fact, due to the legal foundation upon which special education is built, charter schools and states are strongly urged to consult an attorney and experienced special education professionals for specific legal questions about special education. Those new to the field, those needing an orientation to these areas and those who have some level of responsibility related to students with disabilities in charter schools are the intended beneficiaries of this primer series. Appended are: (1) Glossary; (2) Matrix: Selected Special Education Characteristics in Charter Schools; and (3) Charter Schools and the Education of Children with Disabilities, 2nd Ed.. (Contains 11 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Elementary and Secondary Education Act; Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 1974; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504)