LAUSD Independent Monitor Issues Report on Charter Admissions Policies

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September 28, 2011 In response to concerns from parents that that charter schools were requiring parents to provide information regarding special education eligibility and services on lottery application forms, the Office of the Independent Monitor (OIM) recently conducted a review of applications and enrollment forms of LA area charter schools.

The OIM is the oversight agency of the Los Angeles Unified School District's special education program. The review was intended to identify potentially inappropriate information requested by charter schools during the application process that may be used to screen students, including those with disabilities, from being selected for admission. Read the overview.

Some of the concerns raised included:

  • Asking whether a student has an IEP or requires special education services on admissions forms
  • Asking for too much detailed information like parents' social security numbers or immigration status
  • Parent volunteer forms that implied that failure to complete a set number of hours would result in the student losing their place at the school (By law, students cannot be forced out of a school for this reason).

If you have questions about what information is appropriate to request on admissions and enrollment, consult with your legal counsel. CCSA recently added Charter School Enrollment Law Overview to our Admissions and Enrollment section.