Charter Schools And Children With Disabilities

Authored By: Southeast Louisiana Legal Services

FAQs for Parents- Charter Schools and Children With Disabilities

FAQs- Charter Schools

Charter Schools and Children with Disabilities

No. Charter schools are public schools. They can’t refuse a child because of a disability. If your child has a disability that affects her ability to learn, make sure the school knows about it. Ask for a special education evaluation in writing if your child needs support or services at school because of a disability.

No. Public schools must give a child with a disability all special education or other services required by an IEP or 504 plan. Charter schools, just like district-run schools, cannot discriminate against children with disabilities.

No. Children in the United States have a right to free public education. Charter schools are public schools.

Lack of money is not a legal defense. Schools must give a child with a disability all services or supports required.

Just like a district-run school, a charter school must work with your child and you to see if a behavior problem is caused by or related to a disability. If your child needs services that the school is not giving, you can ask for an amendment of the IEP or a change in the school’s special education plan. Discipline can, and usually should, be appealed. A school can use your child’s disciplinary history to expel him. You have the right to appeal suspensions and expulsions. You also have the right to appeal placement changes and decisions by the school that the disability has nothing to do with misconduct. If your child is being punished unfairly, and you can’t work it out with the school, look for help.

Last Review and Update: Oct 29, 2021
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