Special Education Charter Schools Mulled In Texas
After a failed attempt to institute special school vouchers for students with disabilities, Texas legislators are set to consider creating charter schools especially for these students.
The idea is to give parents options beyond public schools and pricey private placements. The charter school proposal comes after a plan was not approved last year to create an educational voucher system for students with special needs.
But the charter idea is already facing serious questions, as paying for and justifying special charters for students with disabilities will likely be an uphill battle.
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Some advocates are concerned that segregated schools could be unlawful and problematic since federal law mandates that students with disabilities be educated in the “least restrictive environment.” Plus, there are concerns about accountability among charters that currently exist in Texas, reports the Houston Chronicle. To read more click here.