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What good is the charter revolution if it doesn’t reach the students who are most in need?

The Problem with New Orleans’s Charter Schools
A legal complaint alleges that the Big Easy’s schools discriminate against children with disabilities.
Excerpts from article by Michael Democker / Times-Picayune-Landov
New Orleans, where more than 70 percent of public schools will be independently chartered after this school year, has been placed on a pedestal as a shining model by education reformers. The new documentary Waiting for “Superman”, which hopes to serve as a call to arms for education reform, devotes a page of its Web site to touting New Orleans’s new citywide school-choice system.


Asked by tasches at 4:43 PM on Oct. 6, 2010 in

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  • we have similair problems here with our charter schools here in Panama City Florida.....they wont consider special needs unless they can function without their paras and daughter has autism and may never be able to mainstream in all of her classes and they require that......

    Answer by michaux at 4:49 PM on Oct. 6, 2010

  • i know ..

    Answer by san78 at 12:39 PM on Oct. 7, 2010

  • Link to full article:

    Comment by tasches (original poster) at 4:43 PM on Oct. 6, 2010

  • But is this supposed revolution really helping the most-disadvantaged students in New Orleans, those with special needs such as physical, behavioral, or mental disabilities? In July, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) filed a legal complaint against the Louisiana Department of Education alleging that schools have been turning away parents with disabled children and shirking their responsibilities to ensure that the special-needs students they do serve actually benefit from academic instruction. The complaint asserts that New Orleans schools are in violation of the federal Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), particularly in terms of excessive punishment of children with emotional and behavioral problems.

    Comment by tasches (original poster) at 4:43 PM on Oct. 6, 2010

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