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1 Charter School Institute A REVIEW: ENROLLMENT PROCEDURES Matt Hudson, ES Director

2  10. Flawed Intake process when a Transfer student Arrives- The Team does not review, collect nor implement the existing IEP  CSI has guidance for an Enrollment Process (Hand- out): Review Briefly.. TOP Ten Causes of Due Process LRP- Legal Resource Center

3  The Charter School Institute:  is not the District of Residence.  is the AU of Attendance District of Residence or Attendance

4  Nothing….  It is debated… What is Really Clear….

5  CRS (3): Allows school districts to deny enrollment to a child who is not a resident of the district (District of Residence) if “ there is a lack of space or teaching staff within a particular program or school requested, in which case, priority shall be given to resident students applying for admission…. Or the school requested does not offer appropriate programs or is not structured or equipped with the necessary facilities to meet special needs of the pupil or does not offer a particular program requested”. Legal Guidance- (Kathleen Sullivan)

6  CRS (3): Sounds good? But….  (Kathleen Sullivan) CSI cannot rely solely on this as:  CRS (3) - An institute charter shall be subject to all federal and state laws and constitutional provisions prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability…or need for special education services. CRS (3):

7  Enrollment in an institute charter shall be open to any child who resides in the state; except that an institute charter school shall not be required to make alterations in the structure of the facility used by the institute charter school or to make alterations to the arrangement or functions of rooms within the facility, except as required by federal law. Enrollment decisions shall be made in a non-discriminatory manner…. CRS (3)

8  The Institute may only clearly deny admission to a student with disabilities if the students’ admission would require alterations to the structure of the facility, although it is likely under federal law, Section 504 and ADA the charter school would be expected to relocate classes to accessible spaces within the facility. What does this mean?

9  District of Residence shall be notified of the “Significant Change of Placement” IEP meetings and at his/her discretion, participate in the meeting:  This invite is done by a separate letter not an IEP notice of Meeting- indicating that the meeting is for a significant change of placement ( as if they do not show- no excusal letter is needed…)  Negotiate directly with District? It also means-

10  If student is denied admission- the current IEP and placement remains in effect.  The CSI SPED Director or Designee (CSI School reps) must make provisions to the parent- i.e. negotiate with District of Residence. And- it means

11  An Institute school does not have:  Teacher of the Deaf/Vision  OT:  PT:  School Psych:  Other?  What level of service is already being provided? What is does not mean?

12  To ensure that the needs of students with disabilities are met, the following procedures must be followed:  1.Following the application deadline and upon completing the lottery (if appropriate), the School shall require that the student provide the most recent IEP (including eligibility IEP) or Section 504 Plan, if any. CSI Enrollment Procedures

13  2.A screening review team consisting of the School Principal or designee, the School Special Education teacher or coordinator, and the Institute Special Education Director or designee shall review the IEP and determine whether a free appropriate public education (“FAPE”) is available for the student. If the screening team finds the application requests a significant change of placement or raises other concerns about the student’s ability to access FAPE, the School shall convene a complete IEP team to make the final determination. Screening Process

14  A student’s application is a request for a significant change of placement when:  a student with disabilities who has been served in a center-based program (or who otherwise has intensive IEP service needs) applies for admission into an Institute charter school that does not currently offer those services; or  a student currently enrolled in a “brick and mortar school” applies for enrollment in an ONLINE program or a student enrolled in an ONLINE program applies for enrollment in a “brick and mortar school” Significant Change of Placement

15  3.If the screening review team refers the student’s application to an IEP team, the School shall convene an IEP Team meeting that shall include the Institute Director of Special Education or designee. In addition, the IEP team must include the following people: not less than one regular education teacher; not less than one special education teacher, or where appropriate, not less then one special education provider; and, an individual who can interpret the instructional implications of evaluation results, and a language interpreter, when necessary. The student’s parents and legal guardian must be afforded the opportunity to participate, as must the student when appropriate. IEP Meeting

16  NOTE: If the student’s application requests a significant change of placement, the Special Education Director of the student’s administrative unit of residence (school district or BOCES) must be invited to the IEP meeting. Also, most Institute contracts require the School to invite representatives from the student's prior school to participate in the IEP Team meeting at the charter school. Change of Placement-Invite District

17  4.The IEP team must review all available information, including the student’s application, records, current data, data from the IEP, information provided by the parents, and/or data from the assessment team, to determine whether the student can receive FAPE if granted enrollment, as requested by the student’s application. FAPE- IEP Team

18  NOTE: If the application requests a significant change of placement, the IEP team must first consider the need for reevaluation by reviewing the listed information and determining whether additional information is necessary to determine the student’s eligibility for special education, the student’s educational needs, and any necessary additions or modifications to the special education and related services. If the team (including a request by the parent), determines that additional evaluative information is necessary, the Institute shall reevaluate the student in accordance with the IDEA and ECEA rules. Re-Evaluation?

19  5.If the IEP team determines the student will not be able to receive FAPE, then the IEP team will deny the student’s application for admission to the school and refer the student to the Institute Director of Special Education or designee. The Institute Director of Special Education or designee will confer with the student and family regarding placement opportunities available in Institute schools and assist the family in making proper application(s). If the student's application for admission is denied, the student's current placement shall remain as determined by the prior IEP. If Denied?

20  6.If the student is admitted, the student shall be placed directly in a program that meets the requirements of the student’s existing IEP or Section 504 Plan, unless and until the School convenes an IEP meeting or 504 meeting is held and the IEP or Section 504 Plan is changed. Admitted?

21  CSI Schools are the AU not District of Residence  Finance Aspects-CSI does not receive Local Funds  Geographical Issues: Not feasible to serve State-wide Center-based programs nor have contracts with all Districts and BOCES?  High-Costs funding source  Excess Costs Resources  Establishing Linkages with Districts Directors thoughts…

22  Kathleen Sullivan:  A Child with an IEP who is applying for admission to a Charter school cannot be properly admitted until the school has determined it can make an offer of FAPE…if a school admits the student without following the process, it is problematic to later attempt to retract the admission… enrollment decision should not be made before the IEP is received… Final Thoughts

23  Matt Hudson, ES Director  Charter School Institute Thank you!


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