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Chicago Charter Schools Underserve Special Ed. Kids

A new report says that charter schools in Chicago fail to provide special education students compared to public schools. As noted in other stories, this is by design. There are plenty of other stories about how charter schools fail to serve children with disabilities.

. . . The overall percentage of students with disabilities in charter elementary schools is 25 percent lower than in regular elementary schools.

Among the special needs students in charters, most have less severe disabilities: 72 percent are learning disabled, compared to about half in the district as a whole. Only 2 percent of special needs students in charter schools have more severe disabilities (as measured by the percentage of students requiring placement in separate classrooms for the majority of the school day), compared to more than 16 percent in traditional CPS schools.

Education Week: Chicago Charter Schools Struggle to Serve Special Ed. Students
D.C. charter schools exclude the disabled, advocates say – The Washington Post
New Orleans Accused of Failing Disabled Students – The Daily Beast
Florida Charter Schools Failing Disabled Students : NPR
South Florida charter schools admit few special needs children – Miami-Dade – MiamiHerald.com
School Board Member Says Her Special Needs Daughter Was Forced To Leave A Charter School | WUSF Public Media