Fighting Charter Stigma: Denver School Opens Program For Disabled Students

Charter schools have long been criticized for being selective with their admissions, a trait that critics say accounts for the better test scores at charter schools that outperform traditional public schools.

According to NY Daily News, New York charter schools have been criticized for low enrollment of disabled students. Newsweek shares a similar story -- of a lawsuit brought against Louisiana charter schools for turning away disabled students.

Now, Denver school officials are trying to make local charter schools more inclusive of children with severe disabilities.

The Denver Post reports,

Omar D. Blair Charter School opened Denver's first charter-based multi-intensive center program for students with significant disabilities.

The plan, which uses $100,000 in district money to provide a special ed teacher and other resources, is part of a "charter renewal" officials envision. Similar programs are planned for future charter schools in Denver.

Critics of the Denver program say that the new program provides nothing different than special education in traditional public schools.

Read more on the Denver Post.

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