D.C. charter scrutinized over enrollment of students with special needs

02/2/2012 | Washington Post, The

A Washington, D.C., charter school is facing scrutiny from city officials following a report that shows the school has not enrolled a student with special needs in three years. All public schools are required under federal law to provide a "free and appropriate" education to all students, and charters are prohibited from considering students' special-education status upon enrollment. Charter schools in other cities, such as New Orleans, have drawn criticism and lawsuits over their lack of enrollment of students with disabilities.

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