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About Charter Schools - Schools for Disabilities  Charter School Recommendation for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)Charter schools are designed to offer choice and opportunity for students within the public school system. Many of these schools are highly desirable for parents of students with disabilities because of the special curriculum, individualized instruction, and inclusive approach of teaching all students, including those with learning disabilities (LD). However, studies have identified an under-representation of students with disabilities among charter school enrollees, indicating a lack of equity for this group of students.

NCLD provides key Policy Recommendations to ensure that charter schools offer choice and opportunity for all students.

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Charter Schools ReportCharter schools are at the forefront of education reform activities and expansion of charters is seen as a way to improve public education. Yet the record on how well charters are serving students with disabilities is questionable.

This document provides an overview of what charter schools are and how they serve students with learning disabilities.

icon_guides Download your FREE copy of NCLD's Charter Schools and Students with Learning Disabilities [PDF, 0.2MB].