Charter Schools and Students with Disabilities
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PageIntroductionI. Background and Development of Charter Schools 1
Expansion and Growth of Charter Enrollment 4B.
Federal Role Promoting Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools 5C.
Characteristics of Charter Schools 8
II. Federal Statutes Governing the Operation of Charter Schools 14
Application of Title I-Part A to Charter Schools 14B.
Application of IDEA, Section 504, and the ADA to Charter Schools 15
III. Issues and Concerns for Students with Disabilities 20
Relationship of Charter School to the LEA and the Delivery of Special Education 201.
Charter schools operating as their own independent LEA 212.
Charter schools operating as part of a larger LEA 233.
Charter schools that are neither an independent LEA nor part of an LEA 244.
SEA’s ultimate responsibility under IDEA 25B.
Discrimination in Admission, Enrollment, and Retention 26C.
Choosing Charters Identifiable as Schools for Students with Disabilities;Tension between Parental Choice and the IEP Team 34D.
Effectiveness of Charter Schools and Accountability 37
Kathleen Boundy would like to acknowledge the assistance of her colleague Joanne Karger and Noah Kaplan, a 2L at Harvard Law School, in the preparation of this brief.