August 01, 2016
The Washington Post’s Answer Sheet blog recently featured a post titled, “Why charter schools get public education advocates so angry.” Reporter Valerie Strauss briefly introduced the post written by guest blogger Carol Burris, executive director of Network for Public Education. I agree with Valerie Strauss’ opening comment in the new blog entry; there is too little meaningful oversight of public charter schools. I would argue that until recently, many authorizers, including districts, have largely been passive when it comes to holding charter schools accountable for issues related to equity. However, the data clearly shows that accountability for student performance, including students with disabilities, is no better in traditional public schools than in public charter schools and student outcomes after forty years of a requirement to provide a free, appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment continues to result in disparate outcomes for students with disabilities. I am not defending or apologizing for charter schools, but rather pointing out that highlighting special education as a strategy to criticize charter schools does not serve students with disabilities but rather, distracts from a far more systemic problem.
I encourage you to read my full response to Strauss’ post on NCSECS’ blog by clicking this link: http://bit.ly/2aqgAFd
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