Massachusetts: Charter Schools Neglect and Exclude Students with Disabilities

Massachusetts: Charter Schools Neglect and Exclude Students with Disabilities

Diane Ravitch's blog

Michael Robinson, a parent of children with disabilities, has compiled state data on charter schools in Massachusetts and students with disabilities.

The facts are shocking and should be an embarrassment to the charter industry.

Here are just a few of those facts, from official data:

25% of Massachusetts charter schools have zero full-time special educators, as compared to only 3% of public schools.

Public schools report one special-education teacher for every 22 students with disabilities, charters report one special-education teacher for every 36 students with disabilities.

67% of the “districts” with the lowest service to students with disabilities are charter schools.

Students with disabilities enrolled in charter schools are three times as likely to be disciplined as students in public schools (14% vs. 5%).

91.3% of the districts with the highest rates of disciplinary actions for students with disabilities are charter schools.

Students with disabilities are 2.4 times more likely…

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