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This handbook (prepared to assist charter school operators, state department of education personnel, and policymakers) reviews special education case law and legislation as well as pertinent issues that can guide charter school personnel, host or sponsoring districts, and state agency personnel in the implementation of special education in charter schools. An introduction describes the development of charter schools, the school choice movement, and the role of special education in charter schools. Following this overview, a brief history of special education is provided. The legal requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are reviewed in a question and answer format. In the same format, issues are presented that charter schools should consider in the implementation of special education, including identification of students with special education needs; responsibility for serving students with disabilities; steps charter schools must take to ensure service are provided to students with low-incidence disabilities; funding services, transportation needs, personnel certification and waivers; and requirements for individualized education programs. A final section provides recommendations for charter school personnel in providing special education services and recommendations for state agency personnel in providing information and support to charter schools. Appendices include a list of additional sources of information and a glossary of terms. (CR)

Descriptors: Charter Schools, Disabilities, Disability Identification, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Federal Regulation, Information Sources, Program Implementation, School Responsibility, Services, Special Education, Student Evaluation

Autor: Lange, Cheryl M.


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