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Authorizers Have an Important Role in Supporting Students with Disabilities

Monday, September 23, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jason Zwara
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At a recent convening of the National Center for Special Education in Charter School’s (NCSECS) Equity Coalition, a panel discussed the question “who is looking out for students with disabilities in high-choice environments?” The conversation was sparked, in part, by the collective impact of several recent closures of nonpublic specialized schools and charter schools with programs for students with significant disabilities in Washington, D.C.

The D.C. story is noteworthy because it highlights how, as authorizers seek to grow innovative and diverse school models—including those that are focused on special education—they must also continue to ensure all schools can effectively serve all students.

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