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This resource guide provides an overview of special-education laws and issues related to K-12 education for those interested in starting or currently operating a charter school, for host or sponsoring school districts, and for state departments of education. It is essential that charter-school operators and staff who are in any way responsible for the education of students with disabilities become fully familiar with federal and state laws, regulations, and policies that apply to the provision of special education in charter schools. This guide is meant to provide a framework for those needing information about special-education issues that impact on charter schools, and to advise charter schools of the rights of children with disabilities and their obligation to serve them. After the introduction and a brief history of special education, two sections delve into the separate matters of statutory and case-law requirements for special education, and issues for charter schools in the implementation of special education. A concluding section provides thoughts for policymakers and recommendations for charter-school personnel and state agency personnel. An appendix lists additional sources of information, and describes the growing role of Charter Friends

. and the Charter Friends National Network. (RT)

Descriptors: Charter Schools, Disabilities, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Federal Regulation, Public Policy, School Law, Special Education, Special Needs Students, State Legislation, State Regulation

Charter Friends National Network, 1295 Bandana Blvd, Suite 165, St. Paul, MN 55108. Tel: 651-644-6115; Fax: 651-644-0433; e-mail: jon[at]; Web site: For full text:

Autor: Giovannetti, Elizabeth; Ahearn, Eileen; Lange, Cheryl


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