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Published by: National Education Policy Center on Dec 11, 2012
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School of Education, University of Colorado BoulderBoulder, CO 80309-0249Telephone: 802-383-0058NEPC@colorado.eduhttp://nepc.colorado.edu
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2012This note is in response to the CRPE reply to my critique of their recently released study in special education classification rates in New York State charter schools. First andforemost, I reiterate that my main concern in my critique is that the report has beenused to suggest that under enrollment of children with disabilities in charter schoolsmay not be the national problem some think it is. But the authors point only to datafrom charter schools in a single state—New York—and primarily in a single city—New  York City—finding largely that these charter schools do under enroll children withdisabilities. Further, as I point out, these findings are hardly new. I also point out in my review that the authors do not consider that there may be differences in the severity classification of children with disabilities in charter and district schools. I provideevidence from New Jersey and Philadelphia.The authors seem most concerned that (a) I made assumptions about their motive inconducting and presenting the report, and (b) that I claim that they deliberately avoidedaddressing the issue of classification severity.First, regarding motive. In my review, I assert that it seems that their purpose was tochallenge emerging state policy proposals to regulate charter school enrollments by assigning enrollment targets. Perhaps I should have avoided the word “seems.” It simply “is” the report’s goal to challenge these policies, and I make this determination becauseof the report’s repeated reference to enrollment target policies and repeated statements

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