The COVID-19 school closures put the weaknesses in our special education system in stark relief. Overnight in March 2020, students with disabilities lost almost all the supports and services essential to their academic, physical, and emotional development.
Amid the turmoil in the spring, CRPE, in partnership with NCSECS, reached out to a group of charter schools that we knew from a prior study had strong programs for educating students with disabilities before COVID-19 to see how they were handling school closures. We conducted a survey with 10 of these schools.
Today, we are releasing in-depth case studies with four of the schools to understand how they responded to school closures and modified their approach to special education to meet the needs of students with disabilities in remote settings.