Tools Checklist of Special Education Considerations for Charter School Operators View HTML Page
There are many issues to
consider in developing and implementing a special
education program. While they will vary from school
to school, several are common to all schools, including
funding, space and facilities, human resources, curriculum,
service provision, professional development,
administration, transportation and special considerations.
The following checklist poses questions designed
to help operators consider these important areas.
Web Links Applying Federal Civil Rights Laws to Charter Schools http://www.uscharterschools.org/pdf/fr/civil_rights.pdf
For a more detailed explanation regarding access to charter schools for students with disabilities, this publication provides important information on how public charter schools may be developed and operated consistent with federal nondiscrimination laws.
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) http://www.cec.sped.org
Sets professional standards, provides professional development and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.
Improving Teacher Quality State Grants, Title II, Part A http://www.ed.gov/programs/teacherqual/guidance.doc
The NCLB requires states to ensure that teachers of core academic subjects be highly qualified. Federal guidance on this issue is available in this non-regulatory guidance.
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools http://www.publiccharters.org/
This is a national nonprofit organization that provides assistance to state charter school associations and resource centers, develops and advocates for improved public policies, and serves as the united voice for this large and diverse movement.
National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) http://www.qualitycharters.org/
Provides support and technical assistance to those who sponsor or authorize charter schools.
National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDE): State Departments of Education http://www.nasdse.org/directors.cfm
Links to state departments of education.
National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) http://www.nasdse.org/
Provides a wide array of special education resources including a copy of the final report of Project SEARCH, a national study on special education in charter schools and documents on critical issues in special education produced by NASDSE's Project Forum.
National Dissemination Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY) http://www.kidsource.com/NICHCY/
Information and referral center that provides free information on disabilities and disability-related issues.
Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER) http://www.pacer.org
Web site has a variety of resources developed to assist parents of children with disabilities and may be helpful in informing charter school operators regarding their obligations to parents of children with disabilities.
Regional Resource and Federal Centers Network http://www.rrfcnetwork.org/
Links to the Federal Resource Center and to each Regional Resource Center for Special Education.
Special Ed Law http://www.specialedlaw.net/
Provides up-to-date information on judicial and legislative decisions concerning special education.
Special Education News http://www.specialednews.com/
This newsletter provides in-depth, up-to-date news related to educating students with disabilities.
The U.S. Department of Education's Charter Schools site, contains extensive information about charter schools, including research reports, state contacts and upcoming events related to charter schools.