Wednesday, June 18, 2014
The Terrace Room, 1380 Lawrence St., University of Colorado Denver, CO
11:45am–1:15pm MST

At the release event for a new report, researchers discussed why Denver charter schools appear to serve fewer special education students than district-run schools.

Note: There were technical difficulties while filming and the video starts a few minutes late in the introduction. Our apologies.

Across the country, there is a significant gap between charter and traditional public school enrollment rates of students with special needs. There has been plenty of speculation, but little evidence, about why that gap exists.
Last year, the Center on Reinventing Public Education, in partnership with Manhattan Institute, published a report by Marcus Winters examining the causes of special education enrollment differences between NYC’s charter and traditional public schools. Now CRPE has again partnered with Dr. Winters to conduct a similar analysis of Denver.
At this event, Winters shared his findings on what factors may explain the special education enrollment gap in Denver, then a panel discussed the implications for policy and practice.

  • Introductory Remarks: Kelly Hupfeld, Associate Dean and Research Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, Denver
  • Overview: Betheny Gross, Senior Policy Analyst and Research Director, Center on Reinventing Public Education, University of Washington Bothell
  • Presentation of Findings: Marcus Winters, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  • Panel Discussion and Q&A: with Bill Kurtz, Chief Executive Officer, Denver School of Science and Technology, and Josh Drake, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Division of Student Services, Denver Public Schools

This event is intended to help policymakers, practitioners, and reporters understand the factors affecting special education enrollment rates and the implications for policy both in Denver and across the country. Read the full report.

Contact crpe@uw.edu if you have questions.