In Struggle To Fix Special Education, Texas Charter Schools Still Lag Behind

State data show that charter schools enroll fewer special needs children than their traditional public school peers — and the gap is widening. State administrators say the low numbers have caught their attention and they’ve stepped up monitoring of special ed at charter schools.

By Laura IsenseeNovember 19, 2019 1:20 pm, , ,

From Houston Public Media:

Twice, Britany Miller has asked for special education services and accommodations at two different Houston-area charter schools for her son, Nicholas Davis, who struggles with depression and an attention disorder.

And twice, Miller says, they’ve been turned down, with one charter school telling her falsely they don’t have to follow special education rules.

“It’s just heartbreaking to be told, ‘No, no, no — we can’t, we can’t,’” Miller says.

Miller is among several charter school families who’ve told Houston Public Media and the Houston Chronicle they face delays and poor access to special ed services for their children. And the special education gap between traditional public schools and charter schools is widening at a time when all Texas schools are supposed to be making major improvements.

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