Charter Schools Serve Special Needs Students Better

, Malcolm A. Kline, Leave a comment

So much for cherry picking. “The data show that Washington’s charter public schools appear to serve students with disabilities at a higher rate than the national charter school average (16.1 percent versus 10.6 percent), and most (eight out of ten) are serving students with disabilities at rates higher than the state average and the district in which they are located,” the Center for Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) found. “They serve students with a wide range of disabilities, and they serve a majority of those students in a mostly inclusive environment.”

“There is no evidence of pushout or counseling out, and in some schools, special education enrollment increases midyear.”