Tuesday, October 6, 2015

LAUSD’s Lowman Special Education Center Defends Against Allegations Of Screening Out Students.

The Los Angeles School Report (10/5, Clough) reports on accusations that LAUSD’s Lowman Special Education Center screens for special education students and English-language learners and discourages their enrollment, actions which would be illegal. Sharyn Howell, executive director of the Division of Special Education at LA Unified, asserted charter schools often have fewer types of special education students merely because their small size means they haven’t had those students in the past, which may naturally discourage special education students from enrolling in the future. The article says the allegations have caused the Broad Foundation to craft a “controversial plan” to “expand charter enrollment at LA Unified.”

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