Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Florida Charter Schools Failing to Serve Students with Disabilities

In the U.S., charter schools are publicly funded and privately run. Thus, charter schools are required to follow federal laws prohibiting discrimination against students with disabilities. Increasingly, charter schools are failing to follow federal anti-discrimination laws designed to protect the rights of students with disabilities.

For example, a recent study found that 86% of Florida's charter schools do not have a student with a severe disability enrolled. Florida's students with disabilities are given less choice than their able-bodied counterparts, yet their parents' taxes go to support both traditional public schools and charter schools. Even more disappointing is the fact that charter schools were designed to provide new educational models and ideas, which are often preferred by parents over traditional high school educations. Theoretically, charter schools could provide a great outlet for students with disabilities if implemented appropriately. This makes the current state of affairs even more unfortunate.

To learn more about this issue, check out the following link...

http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/2011/12/14/no-choice-florida-charter-schools-failing-to-serve-students-with-disabilities/

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