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June 27, 2009


Washington Post - Some D.C. public charter schools continue selective admissions practices that discourage special-needs students from enrolling, and students citywide with possible disabilities still face delays in special education evaluations, a federal court monitor said this week.

"Charter schools . . . generally have not enrolled students with significant disabilities who required extensive hours of special services or education," the monitor, Amy Totenberg, wrote in a report prepared for a court hearing yesterday. . .

Charter schools, which receive public funding but are independently operated, have siphoned many students from the city's troubled public school system and have posted somewhat higher test scores than regular schools in recent years.

But Totenberg said some charter schools explicitly limit the number of hours of special education they will provide and counsel parents to enroll their children at regular public schools or at private or other public charter schools that focus on students with disabilities. D.C. law prohibits charter schools from asking about learning disabilities or emotional problems during the admission process. . .

About 23 percent of the 46,000 students in the D.C. public school system receive special education . . . By contrast, in the 2007-08 school year, 12 percent of the 21,800 students in D.C. public charter schools . . . received special education services.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does "some charter schools" mean? The Post article is very thin on details.

June 28, 2009 7:15 PM  

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