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US ED OCR Letter on Charter Schools



US ED’s Office for Civil Rights released new guidance (version en espanol) providing a reminder that federal civil rights laws apply to charter schools just as they apply to other public schools.

“The guidance explains that the federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in education on the basis of race, color, and national origin; sex; and disability extend to all operations of a charter school, including recruiting, admissions, academics, educational services and testing, school climate (including prevention of harassment), disciplinary measures (including suspensions and expulsions), athletics and other nonacademic and extracurricular services and activities, and accessible buildings and technology.”

Also attached is a paper prepared by Center for Law and Education (CLE) for the Council of Private Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) re/charter schools and implications for students with disabilities. It can also be found on CLE's website



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