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Understanding the Charter School Special Education Gap: Evidence from Denver, Colorado
June, 2014
Marcus Winters

This study uses student-level enrollment data from Denver to provide evidence on what drives the special education gap between charter and traditional public schools.

Why the Gap? Special Education and New York City Charter Schools
September, 2013
Marcus Winters

This study uses NYC data to analyze the factors driving the gap in special education enrollment between charter and traditional public schools.

Assessing the Outcomes of Charter School Students with Special Needs: Research Design Brief
August, 2013
Patrick Denice , Robin Lake, Betheny Gross

This brief outlines challenges of producing rigorous and useful research on how students with special needs fare in charters and makes recommendations for designing studies needed to inform policy and practice.

New York State Special Education Enrollment Analysis
November, 2012
Robin Lake, Betheny Gross, Patrick Denice

This report examines the distribution of students with special needs in New York State charter and district-run schools. The analysis shows that different levels of comparison yield different results. The authors recommend...

Hopes, Fears, & Reality: A Balanced Look at American Charter Schools in 2011
January, 2012
Robin Lake, Betheny Gross

The 6th annual edition of Hopes, Fears, & Reality provides a clear roadmap for school districts and charter schools interested in working together to improve education options. The report explains the risks and...

Special Needs and Choice Districts
February, 2011
Robin Lake, Betheny Gross

This report focuses on the evidence to date on how students with special needs fare under choice, and promising new ideas that have yet to be tried.

Unique Schools Serving Unique Students: Charter Schools and Children with Special Needs
May, 2010
Robin Lake

This book offers a pioneering look at the role of charter schools in meeting the needs of special education students.

Hopes, Fears, & Reality: A Balanced Look at American Charter Schools in 2008
December, 2008
Robin Lake

This year's edition explores how charter school achievement varies across the sector, how the educational strategies used by charters differ from those used in traditional public schools, how charters are providing unique...

Exploring Success in the Charter Sector: Case Studies of Six Charter Schools Engaged in Promising Practices for Children with Disabilities
July, 2008
Lauren Morando Rhim, Dana Brinson

This report presents findings from exploratory case studies of six charter schools identified due to their reported success educating children with disabilities.

Challenges and Charter Schools: How Families with Special-Needs Students Perceive and Use Charter School Options
March, 2008
Tracey O'Brien, Kelly Hupfeld, Paul Teske

This report addresses choices made at the intersection of two very important trends in education: special education and charter schools.


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