Policymakers should look more closely at enrollment of students with disabilities in charter schools before creating enrollment quotas or other policies, leaders of two charter advocacy organizations, Robin Lake and Alex Medler, write in this commentary. In an examination of enrollment data for charter schools in New York state, the groups found middle and high schools enrolled nearly as many students in special education as district-run schools, but elementary schools enrolled far fewer than their district counterparts. "With better knowledge, we could design solutions focused on what is actually going on," they write.

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