The disastrous consequences school choice, vouchers and charters has for disabled children.

We have long known that charters take fewer disabled
children than their public school counter parts
 http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/charter-schools-enroll-fewer-disabled-

but what happens to the few that do attend? Well
recent news reports indicate they have a rough time going. By themselves the
examples below show a callousness towards the plight and needs of disabled
children but when taken together they show a disturbing pattern of neglect
towards our most needy children.

New Orleans lauded by Arne Duncan, who inappropriately
said hurricane Katrina was the best thing that could have happened, and other
for their charter schools recently lost a law suit where they admitted they had
not been providing services to disabled children. From the Times Picayune.

The Louisiana Education
Department, Orleans Parish School Board and Southern Poverty Law Center asked
federal Judge Jay Zainey on Friday (Dec. 19) to approve a 
settlement in a landmarkspecial education suit. Plaintiffs
said the Louisiana Department of Education and Orleans Parish School Board
did not adequately educate children with disabilities in the fragmented
network of charter and district schools that sprung up in New Orleans after
Hurricane Katrina.

Next we move to Pennsylvania where Charter Schools USA
is attempting to take over an entire district and in doing so plan massive cuts
to ESE staffs. From the York Dispatch:
Making
comparisons:
 For
example, the staffing matrix included in the proposed contract presented to the
school board showed a plan for 16 special-education teachers district-wide.
Currently, there are 14 special-education teachers at
William Penn Senior High School alone.
Across its eight buildings, the district currently
employs 68 special-education teachers, according to information recently
provided by Superintendent Eric Holmes.
Then there is Florida where some schools were paid extra to provide
services but never did. From State Impact: A StateImpact
Florida
/Miami Herald investigation
shows most charter schools in 
Florida are failing to serve students with severe
disabilities.
Statewide, 86 percent of charter
schools do not have any students classified as severely disabled.
That’s despite state and federal
laws that require charter schools to give equal access to these students.

Here is another one from the world of vouchers.
From
the Sun Sentinel, talking about private schools that receive vouchers: Florida spent $8.5 million in taxpayer moneyhttp://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/icon1.png last year to provide vouchers to
learning disabled students in Palm Beach County to
attend private schools – but makes no effort to ensure the schools are
providing the required services.
The law that created the vouchers does not require private schoolshttp://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/icon1.png to have anyone on staff with any
sort of certification in dealing with children with learning disabilities. Nor
are there public controls in place to check whether the schools are helping
them.

Segregation, for profit, exclusion, counseling out,
are all brought to you courtesy of the school choice movement and our most
vulnerable children are paying the biggest price.

2 Replies to “The disastrous consequences school choice, vouchers and charters has for disabled children.”

  1. That’s despite state and federal laws that require charter schools to give equal access to these students.

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