By Jamar Younger
Public Charter schools are required to admit all students, including special education pupils.
The State Board for Charter Schools has issued guidance for charters clarifying whether schools can cap or limit admission for special education students.
In short, charter schools are required to accept all special education students and offer the same services, and make the same accommodations for those students as school districts.
The Charter Board cites information from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. The Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services can also provide resources for charters.