The Myth About the Special Education Gap

As public schools, charter schools are legally required to educate all students regardless of the difficulties they bring with them into the classroom. Nonetheless, many are concerned that the charter sector fails to educate all comers. Charter schools are often criticized for not enrolling similar proportions of students with disabilities as are enrolled in schools operated by the surrounding district.

This study examines data from elementary-school students in New York and and Denver, Colorado to support the conclusion that special education students are more likely to remain in charter schools.