On December 28, 2016, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) at U.S. Department of Education released a set of guidance resources on the rights of students with disabilities in public charter schools under Section 504 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The set of resources includes:
These documents (described further below) provide information about how to provide equal opportunity in compliance with Section 504 in key areas such as:
The Section 504 Charter guidance:
The 41-page Section 504 Charter guidance is available online in a PDF format (570 kb), at:
The IDEA Charter guidance:
The 32-page IDEA Charter guidance is available online in a PDF format (562 kb), at:
Know Your Rights Fact Sheet
In addition to the above documents, the Department also released a Know Your Rights document designed for parents to provide a brief overview of the rights of public charter school students with disabilities and the legal obligations of charter schools under Section 504 and the IDEA. The 3-page fact sheet is available online in a PDF format (92 kb) at:
The documents are responsive to the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s 2012 report (in PDF, 937 kb) Charter Schools: Additional Federal Attention Needed to Help Protect Access for Students with Disabilities, which included the recommendation that the Department issue updated guidance on the obligations of charter schools.
SOURCE ARTICLE: U.S. Government Accountability Office and the U.S. Department of Education
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