Dec 07
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Shifting the Tide: Exploring Centralization of Services for Students with Disabilities in New Orleans

In response to persistent challenges associated with ensuring that New Orleans’ families and students with disabilities can access high-quality supports and services across the city’s uniquely decentralized, all-charter school system, The Center for Learner Equity (CLE) sought to understand the root causes of these challenges and surface viable systemic solutions through in-depth interviews with local stakeholders.

Dec 04
Sep 20

CLE Statement Regarding Franklin Towne Charter High School

As an advocate for students with disabilities and charter schools, I am appalled at the current situation at Franklin Towne Charter High School and urge the Philadelphia School Board to pursue steps to close the school due to discriminatory practices dating back to 2016.

Sep 20

U.S. Rep. Marc Molinaro’s Bill to Support Individuals with Disabilities

While CLE is not advocating for the IDEA to be amended during the current Congress, we do believe that, at the appropriate time, Representative Molinaro’s bill would be a big step in the right direction in making sure that parents of students with disabilities are able to meaningfully participate in the IEP process.

Sep 20
Sep 05
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The U.S. Department of Education’s Guidance, “State General Supervision Responsibilities under Parts B and C of the IDEA: Monitoring, Technical Assistance, and Enforcement”

On July 24, 2023, the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) of the U.S. Department of Education (US ED) released a Dear Colleague letter (DCL) and lengthy guidance related to the responsibilities states have to oversee the education of students with disabilities in their schools and to ensure that those students are afforded all of their rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). Read about why this matters and how it impacts charter schools in the full report.

Jul 26
Jul 26
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ED’s OSEP Issues Guidance on State IDEA Monitoring and Compliance

On July 24th, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Special Education Programs (OSEP) released guidance regarding IDEA monitoring and compliance activities conducted by state educational agencies (SEAs) of their local educational agencies (LEAs). The guidance addresses SEA obligations to maintain reasonably designed general supervision systems; timelines for identifying IDEA noncompliance and subsequent findings; and correcting child-specific noncompliance. Overall, the guidance makes important, tangible recommendations for ensuring IDEA compliance is directly connected to reaching all students with disabilities in their daily education. Furthermore, it explicitly directs SEAs to play a proactive role in ensuring the appropriate implementation of the IDEA at the local level, and not outsourcing compliance onto the shoulders of parents and the complaint process. Read our complete summary of the latest guidance here.

Jun 13

Our Statement Regarding Oklahoma Virtual Charter School Board’s Approval of St. Isidore of Seville Catholic Virtual School

Given the Oklahoma Virtual Charter School Board’s decision to approve the charter application of the St. Isidore of Seville Catholic Virtual School, we at the Center for Learner Equity feel it is imperative to reinforce that charter schools are public schools that must be accessible and inclusive for students with disabilities and, we believe, must be non-sectarian.

Jun 13