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Charter Schools and Special Education

January 12, 2017

Craig Clough | Originally published October 5, 2015

Accusations that charter schools screen out special education students or discourage them from enrolling have returned with a controversial plan by the Broad Foundation to expand charter enrollment at LA Unified.

After the president of the LA teachers union, Alex Caputo-Pearl of UTLA, raised the issue a year ago, telling the Los Angeles Times a year ago that “a lot of charters don’t allow special-education or English-language learners,” it resurfaced at a recent UTLA-sponsored rally outside the grand opening the Broad Museum.

But is the accusation true?  Legally, charter schools are not allowed to discourage enrollment from special education students or English learners. 
Read the article to find out more.