Key Considerations: Application Stage

Special Education Toolkit

Application Stage

Once a school model is fully developed, the individuals seeking to found the school must submit a formal charter application to an authorizer. The authorizer should review the application to ensure that the considerations listed in Section A have been cohesively incorporated into the plan and are addressed throughout the application.

By requiring substantial information as part of the charter application, authorizers have a unique opportunity to require applicants to incorporate special education into their overall planning of the school model, rather than add it later to existing policies and procedures.

  • Authorizers should require applicants to submit:
  • Plan to evaluate and identify children with disabilities
  • Plan to develop, review, and revise IEPs
  • Plan to integrate special education into the general education program
  • Plan to deliver special education and related services (e.g., in-house or contract out)
  • Projected cost of special education program (e.g., percent of operating budget)
  • Plan to access and account for special education funds
  • Plan to ensure that the school facility meets the requirements of other related laws such as ADA and Section 504
  • Plan for enrollment/IEP transition procedure
  • Plan to address discipline for students with disabilities
  • Plan to ensure confidentiality of special education records
  • Plan to purchase services from special education vendors
  • Plan to secure technical assistance and training

For additional guidance, see:
Appendix F, Charter School Application Review Checklist
Appendix G, Sample Language for Charter Applications and Contracts

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