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Training Module III Speaker notes included. Primer on Special Education in Charter Schools Guidance for Operators Part A Pre-Authorization and Planning
Charter School LEA (Local Education Agency) must accept and appropriately serve students with disabilities is solely responsible to ensure that the requirements of the Federal Law, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are met with respect to students enrolled must comply with IDEA 2004 Part B regardless of whether the public charter school receives any Part B funds must participate in all monitoring activities conducted by the State Department of Education
Legal Principles in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Students with disabilities must be admitted. Individualized education program (IEP) Free appropriate public education (FAPE) Least restrictive environment (LRE) Due process and parental involvement Nondiscriminatory evaluation
Recruitment of Students and Compliance with Federal Civil Rights Laws Students should be recruited from all segments of the community served by the school, using strategies that will not exclude students with disabilities. Students with disabilities must have the opportunity to meet any appropriate minimum eligibility criteria for admission, consistent with the mission of the charter school and civil rights requirements. The charter petition should contain a statement that the enrollment policy is not discriminatory.
Training Module III Primer on Special Education in Charter Schools Guidance for Operators Part B Preparing for Start-up
Preparing for Students Make provisions for professional development if the schools faculty needs help in accommodating the needs of a student who has a disability. The charter school must abide by the decisions of the IEP team that has identified the type of services the child will need to consider the staffing implications for delivering those services.
Hiring Staff and Faculty When the charter school is a separate LEA, the operator is responsible for hiring staff and faculty. Special education teachers must meet the highly qualified standards of the No Child Left Behind Act. (NCLB)
Special Education Staffing Think outside the box, be creative and flexible, but be prepared from day one of operation with staffing to meet need.
Meeting Need IEPs need to be written to meet the needs of the individual student. Request records for a child who applies for admission from the childs previous school. The State Department of Education can be of assistance if the charter school is unable to obtain a response from the previous school or LEA
Accessibility Responsibility to modify a facility should be articulated in the lease between the school and the owner of the facility. It is very important to seek legal counsel prior to signing any contracts to lease or purchase a facility. To ensure maximum accessibility and fire safety, the operator should request an inspection by the local fire marshal prior to signing a lease or purchasing a facility.
Transportation If the charter is part of an existing LEA, than transporting the student is determined in negotiation with the LEA. If the charter school is a separate LEA, it is responsible for providing the transportation.
Training Module III Primer on Special Education in Charter Schools Guidance for Operators Part C Operating a Charter School
Day-to-Day Operation Curriculum implementation Staff and faculty hiring Student enrollment Fiscal issues and school accessibility
Providing Special Education Services The specific services to be delivered by a charter school depend on the legal identity of the individual school and its linkage to an LEA. (Local Education Agency)
Appropriate Classroom Adaptations, Accommodations, and Modifications Changing the manner in which material is presented. Creating personalized study guides. Adapting textbooks. Arranging the classroom environment to enhance student learning.
Continued… Altering task requirements. Selecting an alternate task for a classroom assignment. Managing classroom behavior. Promoting social acceptance. Using assistive technology devices.
Building Special Education Capacity Hire appropriate professionals to work at the charter school. Contract with local education agency. Contract with a cooperative. Contract with individuals or organizations qualified to provide special education services.
Strategies to Access Credentialed Professionals Hire faculty with dual licensure. Hire consultants to provide special education services. Hire retired teachers to work part-time.
Continued… Develop collaborative agreements with other charter schools to share special education teachers. Form partnerships with a local non-profit entity (e.g., a hospital) or a post-secondary institution that employs related professionals.
Dual Enrollment A student may not be dually enrolled for just special education services. A student may not receive special education simply for social interaction or academic support without enrolling for a specific subject or class. Dual enrollment is allowed by law but may be restricted by a districts open enrollment policy.
Professional Development Charter schools need to provide professional development opportunities to a variety of different types of individuals. Charter school personnel must meet the same requirements as personnel in traditional public schools.
Associated Special Education Expenses Personnel Equipment Facility modifications Transportation
Planning for Expenses A charter school authorized by an LEA (PARTIAL LINK) should negotiate roles and responsibilities related to special education service delivery with the existing LEA. A (NO LINK) LEA charter school should anticipate that approximately 10 percent of their student population could be students with disabilities.
Funding State support funds. Federal funds. Funds go to a charter school based on their legal identity.
Training Module III Primer on Special Education in Charter Schools Guidance for Operators Part D Accountability, Technical Assistance, and Resources
Accountability Data and documentation are two major accountability tasks. Charter schools are obligated to collect and report all of the same information that all public schools must report. Examples of special education data and documentation include student counts as well as more procedural documents that would be reviewed as part of special education monitoring.
Federal and State Monitoring Special education monitoring in Idaho is on a five-year cycle that includes a self-evaluation process, verification visits, and on-site monitoring visits. Charter schools authorized by a district are monitored when the district is monitored.
When a Student Transfers When a student with a disability transfers to another school, the charter school must ensure prompt transfer of all records. At the point that the student is formally no longer enrolled in the charter school, the school no longer has a responsibility to provide services to the child.
Special Education Technical Assistance and Resources State Department of Education offers information on aspects of public education in the state including special education in charter schools. Idaho Charter School Network is a non-profit association founded for the purpose of presenting a united voice for Idaho charter schools in the areas of policy and legislation.
Continued… Idaho Charter School Leadership Council brings charter school leaders and statewide organizations committed to charter schools together to collaborate and promote growth and quality among Idahos charter schools. U.S. Department of Education maintains websites that may be helpful.
National Technical Assistance and Resources National Association of State Directors of Special Education provides a wide range of information regarding special education. National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities is an information and referral center that provides free information on disabilities and disability- related issues.
Continued U.S. Charter Schools Website contains extensive information about charter schools. Center for Education Reform provides up-to-date information about state charter school laws.
This concludes Training Module III Primer on Special Education in Charter Schools Guidance for Operators