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Journal of Educational Research & Policy Studies, v6 n2 p91-110 Fall 2006

This study used an open-ended structured interview to investigate seven parents' of students with disabilities perceptions of charter schools and why they chose this type of school to educate their child. Findings showed a general theme of parents believing that the traditional area public school did not meet their child's needs in terms of size, academics, and addressing the student's unique educational needs. When commenting on the positive aspects of charter schools, parents indicated the charter school's willingness to address the disability and strong communication with families. Reported negative aspects of charter schools included high staff turnover and academic changes in short periods of time. When comparing the special education services provided by the charter school and the child's previous public school, the participants noted differences in staff flexibility, teacher accessibility and attentiveness, and school size favoring the charter school program. (Contains 1 table.)

Descriptors: Educational Needs, Charter Schools, School Activities, School Size, Disabilities, School Choice, Special Needs Students, Interviews, Parent Attitudes, Student Needs, Access to Education, Parent School Relationship, Labor Turnover, Teacher Persistence, Special Education, Teacher Role, Parent Teacher Cooperation

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Autor: Finn, Jane; Caldwell, Katherine; Raub, Tara

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=6222&id=EJ844654



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