Culture Clash: Special Education in Charter Schools

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Charter schools and special education for disabled students are founded on conflicting education reforms and agency oversight principles. Charter Schools operate in a culture of regulatory freedom and flexibility. This is in stark contrast to special education laws, which were conceived in the civil rights era of education reform, with an emphasis on process, combined with regulatory oversight focused on rigid compliance with complex procedures. This lunchtime talk, given by Loyola University New Orleans College of Law's Robert A. Garda Jr., was an informal discussion of the uncomfortable fit between charter schools and special education, which often leads to violations of disabled students' civil rights.