- Dec 2019
These briefs provide a summary of the special education landscape in New Orleans and Washington, D.C., and offer recommendations for further steps that might be taken to strengthen the cities’ support structures for parents of children with disabilities.
- Oct 2019
This report is the first step in developing an evidence base about how charter schools meet the needs of unique learners, how they can improve in this work, and what aspects of chartering as a governance model support or impede their ability to do so.
- Nov 2018
This essay explores how an education system built to meet the needs of “square pegs” could benefit all students.
- Jul 2018
This brief presents data on how special education students in Washington state are being served in charter public schools, using a national and local context.
- Jan 2017
Based on six years of research, this report explores why a growing number of districts and charter schools are choosing to work together, the costs and benefits of different types of cooperation, and the real impacts of successful collaboration on students and families.
- Dec 2014
This report summarizes CRPE's past two years of research and findings of special education in charter schools.
- Aug 2014
This working paper provides a systematic analysis of the field’s most rigorous studies on charter school achievement.
- Aug 2013
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.
- Nov 2012
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 investments in research to identify where and why underenrollment of students with special needs exists, and working with the charter community to develop innovative solutions.
- Jan 2012
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 technical challenges behind charter-district collaboration and provides powerful examples of how they can be overcome.
- Jan 2012
In this chapter Robin Lake and Betheny Gross argue that charter schools have a mixed track record on ensuring that students with special needs have effective options, but the reasons are complex, and the solutions are not obvious.
- May 2010
This short policy guide to the book, Unique Schools Serving Unique Students: Charter Schools and Children with Special Needs, summarizes the findings from case studies and parent surveys. The brief identifies policy, research, and investment opportunities needed to confront the challenges charter schools and parents of special needs students face.
- Dec 2008
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 opportunities to diverse student populations, and how growth efforts should be responsive to constituent demands.
- Dec 2008
This overview of Hopes, Fears, & Reality: A Balanced Look at American Charters Schools in 2008 introduces the key areas explored in this year's volume and notes that charter schools are more different than alike, not only in terms of the populations they serve, the academic missions they pursue, and the results they produce, but also in their response to local need and capacity.