A decision by Los Angeles officials to largely go with teacher-led groups over charter operators in reforming 30 new and struggling schools may represent a missed test case for how charters can better serve students who are at risk or have disabilities. Charters have been criticized for not enrolling enough students with special needs and other challenges. In their bids, charter operators had pledged to adopt more inclusive policies, but they will only operate four of the 30 schools that had been up for grabs.

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