Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Idea in Practice

Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Idea in Practice

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Charter School Bill Includes Provisions for Students With Disabilities

The House Education and the Workforce Committee recentlypassed the bipartisan bill, "Success and Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Act" (H.R. 10) sponsored by Rep. John Kline (R-MN) and Rep. George Miller (D-CA). At press time, the charter school bill was slated to be considered by the full House during the week of May 5, coinciding with National Charter School Week. The goals of H.R. 10 are to streamline and consolidate the two existing charter school programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, promote high-quality charter schools, and expand federal funding to start or expand existing charter schools. The bill would combine federal grants to help charter school developers open new schools and provide funds to help charters locate and renovate facilities. Overall, the bill calls for $300 million a year in federal funding for charters, which would be a slight increase over the amount in the FY 14 budget for charter schools. The bill also has provisions to improve student services and increase opportunities for students with disabilities, limited-English-proficient students, and other traditionally underserved students to attend charter schools and meet challenging state academic standards. The bill would require charter school authorizes to monitor how charter schools not only recruit and enroll students with disabilities and English language learners, but also how the schools plan to retain these students once enrolled. Read the text of the bill at: http://edworkforce.house.gov/ uploadedfiles/hrio_billtext.pdf.

Related Resource

NASP, "Charter Schools: A Guide for Parents and Educators," Helping Children at Home and School III, S2H3 (http://www.nasponline.org/ publications/booksproducts/hchs3.aspx)

English Language Learners With Disabilities

The National Center on Educational Outcomes recently launched a set of online learning modules to help educators learn about statewide assessment issues pertaining to English language learners (ELLs) with disabilities. The modules are beneficial to school psychologists looking to enhance their professional skills or to use in consultation with educators or parents. To register for free access to the modules, see: http://www.ivared.info/session.

Content covered in the five modules includes:

* Federal laws, policies, and case law findings relating to ELLs with disabilities

1 Allowable exemptions for ELLs on state assessments

* Demographics, descriptions, and special considerations for assessment of ELLs with disabilities

* Relevant case studies

* Tips for participation decisionswhether an ELL student will take the general assessment with or without accommodations, or the alternate assessment

* Common core state assessmentsbenefits and challenges for ELLs

* Links to helpful federal resources (e. …

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