ERIC Number: EJ909631
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
An Analysis of the Capacity of Charter Schools to Address the Needs of Students with Disabilities in Wisconsin
Drame, Elizabeth R.
Remedial and Special Education, v32 n1 p55-63 Jan-Feb 2011
Over the past 10 years increasing numbers of charter schools have been considered a viable option for many students seeking to obtain a quality education. Public charter schools and their administrators and teachers are obligated to follow the principles enshrined in federal mandates, such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This study examines the capacity of charter school operators to create environments and service delivery models that effectively address the needs of students eligible for special education services via a survey of Wisconsin charter school operators and a content analysis of the applications of independent charter schools. The results indicate that charter operators, particularly those presiding over schools considered their own local education agency, experienced significant challenges with addressing special education in the planning and implementation of their charter schools. Policy implications for the role of charter authorizers are explored.
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Disabilities, Educational Quality, Content Analysis, Special Education, Accessibility (for Disabled), Program Implementation, Inclusion, Position Papers, School Surveys, Administrator Attitudes, Institutional Characteristics, Institutional Research, Educational Policy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Rehabilitation Act 1973