Marcus Winters recently researched why public charter schools have fewer students with special needs than district schools (“The truth about charter schools and special education,” Op-Ed, Oct. 1), and the results confirm what charter schools have been saying for a while. Specifically, the report finds that charter schools “significantly reduce” the chance that a student is designated as needing special education services. He also debunks the myth that charters are “pushing out” students with special needs, finding that charter students actually are less likely to leave their school. I agree with Winters that special education quotas are bad policy and could result in kids getting classified needlessly. Charters do their best to educate all students who walk through their doors, and this report shows we are having some success.
Bill Phillips, Northeast Charter Schools Network
[This article originally appeared in the New York Daily News]