One family’s legal struggle to get a charter school to recognize their son’s special needs.
Traditional public schools still serve a larger percent of special needs kids than charters. Why does it matter?
For many American Indians, formal education has been a sorrowful experience.
The stories of three American Indian students trying to make it in tribal charter schools.
Explore the history of how and why the Catholic parochial system developed in America.
One urban parochial school struggles to keep Catholic
Why an Afro-centric school doesn’t believe it is contributing to re-segregation.
One financially troubled Catholic school sheds its religious curriculum in order to stay open.
Charter school education is creating safe havens for niche groups — is that meeting their needs or resegregating them?
Conversions are an attractive exit plan for struggling parochial schools.
Leah Carrick, 14, is a member of the Ojibwe Indian tribe and grew up on the Bay Mills Indian Community in Brimley, Mich. She currently attends the Ojibwe Charter School. She said she chose the 100-seat charter on the reservation as a refuge from the public school because her teachers were “cranky” in Brimley. She [...]
By Elaine Meyer
Parents who send their children to public schools are often unaware that federal law entitles those children to an education that addresses their learning disabilities or mental disorders in as nonrestrictive an environment as possible. Here is a glossary to help navigate special education in public and charter schools.
IDEA: Special education rights are [...]
Written by Elaine Meyer
Produced by Elaine Meyer and Paul Stephens
In the late 1990s, James Forman, Jr., then a public defender, saw many teenagers emerge from doing time in juvenile detention only to be turned away from the public schools they were trying to attend. The schools found myriad reasons to reject them as undesirable students. [...]
Charter schools rising . . .