Unique Schools Serving Unique Students , published by the Center on Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington, looks at how charter schools are meeting the needs of special education students. Robin Lake is the editor; I’m one of the writers.
Through in-depth analysis of six charter schools around the country, this book documents how special education students can be taught successfully using very different approaches. For instance, Woodland Elementary Charter School (Fulton County, GA) uses Talented-and-Gifted (TAG) instructional strategies for all students; Metro Deaf School (St. Paul, MN) serves students who are deaf and hard of hearing via a dual-language American Sign Language (ASL)/written English program; and CHIME Arnold Schwarzenegger Charter Elementary and Middle Schools (Los Angeles, CA) educates students with a wide range of disabilities in a remarkably inclusive setting.
CRPE has another new book, Taking Measure of Charter Schools, which finds that rigorous studies that take student characteristics into account provide different and more positive results than less sophisticated studies.