OIM's Pilot Study of Charter Schools' Compliance with MCD & LAUSD Special Education Policies
Recent documents from the court appointed Office of the Independent Monitor for the Modified Consent Decree for LAUSD expose corporate CMO charter-voucher school discrimination and exclusivity. Very telling is the statement that children with disabilities are "significantly underrepresented" at CMO run corporate charter schools. Excerpt "During the 2008-2009 school year, the Office of the Independent Monitor (OIM) initiated a pilot study to examine the roles and impact of the District's charter schools on its performance toward achieving the requirements of the Modified Consent Decree (MCD) and compliance with federal and state special education laws and regulations." Some Key Findings from the Report SWD attending charter schools made up 7.6% of the overall charter student population, while SWD consisted of 11.3% of the overall student population attending DO schools which indicates that SWD are disproportionately under-enrolled at charter schools. Students with low incidence disabilities attended charters representing 1.11% of the total charter enrollment, while students with low incidence disabilities made up 3.09% of the DO school population of SWD. Based on this, the relative risk ratio for students with low incidence disabilities to be enrolled in charter schools is 0.36, which means that students with low incidence disabilities enrolled at LAUSD charters are significantly under-represented. During the 2008-2009 school year, 12 of 148 (8.1%) charter schools offered a special day program as an option for serving SWD. In contrast, 87% of DO schools provided this same program option. Collectively, the lack of such programs indicates a disproportionate availability of special education services offered at charters.
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