What Do We Mean By Inform Policy?
The Center is the lead policy voice in the intersection of special education and charter schools. Our role is vital to policy discussions as we pursue excellence in federal and state policies that do three things: 1) ensure that students with disabilities have access to great public schools, including schools of choice; 2) provide charter schools the policy environments they need to serve those students well; and 3) prioritize transparent data and accountability systems that will hold charter and traditional public schools accountable for providing a free, appropriate public education to all of their students with disabilities.
Where Do We Work to Inform Policy?
The Center is engaged in policy discussions at the federal and state levels. On both of these levels, we focus on building relationships with stakeholders in the disability rights, civil rights, and charter communities, sharing data and information with them, and listening to their thoughts and concerns as we highlight strong policies and seek consensus on ways to improve policies to better support the education of students with disabilities.