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If I have an Exceptional Children's question or Individualized Education Program (IEP) question at a charter school, who should I contact?All Exceptional Children's (EC) questions should be answered by the Exceptional Children's Program personnel at the school and North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Exceptional Children's Services.Exceptional Children Services
Do charter schools serve students with disabilities?Yes. Since charter schools are public schools, they must provide special education and related services to all eligible students. Charter schools must provide all special education supports identified through the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process to students with disabilities determined eligible for EC services (including adapted PE and transportation).Right to Attend
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Are charter schools required to follow my child's IEP from the previous school?When a child enrolls in a charter school with an IEP from a previous school, the charter school must follow that IEP until the charter school's IEP team meets to review and revise the IEP or develop a new IEP.Exceptional Children Services
Can a charter school only offer special education services after the school day has concluded?No, except in rare circumstances where exceptional student needs, as stated in the IEP, require otherwise. Special education must be delivered within the typical hours of the school day and school calendar. Special education is part of the student's educational program-not an add-on such as tutoring, homework club, etc.No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
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Should I expect that the special education program at my school to be fully funded by the state and federal dollars earmarked for special education?According to the Charter School Authorizer Rubrics for Assessing Special Education, federal and state special education reimbursements will not cover 100 percent of the cost of providing special education and related services, and the proposed budget should reflect awareness of this reality (i.e., allocation of funds from general budget to support special education).Charter School Authorizer Rubric for Assessing Special Education Capacity
What is the obligation of the charter school to serve children with disabilities?The North Carolina Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities are applicable for all public school administrators and staff. Pursuant to charter school law and the general statutes governing the education of children with disabilities, a charter school is considered an LEA for purposes of providing special education and related services to children with disabilities. Contact members of the Exceptional Children's Department at NCDPI for additional guidance.Exceptional Children Directory
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