Accomodating students with special needs
There is considerable evidence that charter schools actively discourage families from enrolling disabled children and counsel them to leave when they do manage to enroll.
The largest study on this topic was commissioned by the U. Department of Education, with the report published in 2000.
Charter schools, meanwhile, may find it especially difficult to recruit special education teachers, especially if they only wish to employ them part time.
Still, charter schools ought to enroll more students with disabilities, for several reasons: Charter schools are public schools, required and expected to serve all families who seek them out.
On average, however, the disabled students charter schools enroll tend to have disabilities that are less severe and less costly to remediate than those of students in district schools.
Yet charter schools are public schools, supported by taxpayers and considered open to all students. Some charter school officials have suggested that official records undercount their enrollments of disabled students, because the parents of some students who would qualify as “disabled” have deliberately avoided the label or even obscured its previous use.
The following resources are helpful to schools of nursing looking to accommodate students with disabilities. (2014) White Paper on Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in Nursing Educational Programs.
Several studies have confirmed that, on average, charter schools receive 20 to 23 percent less in public revenues than traditional public schools, leading charter school advocates to complain that charter schools are shortchanged.
Charter schools are expanding their reliance on scripted instruction, which is less viable for students with disabilities, who benefit from more student-centered approaches.
The expansion of networks of college-prep-oriented charter schools, which do not aim to serve a broad population of students, may also indicate to parents that charter schools are not the right choice for their disabled children.
The presence of special education teachers can help balance and complement the teacher corps.
Furthermore, practices developed for special education students over the years have proven helpful for nondisabled students as well.