Important Special Education Updates

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April 20, 2012 Charter schools seeking increased independence and flexibility for special education should consider seeking status as a local educational agency (LEA) for special education by securing membership in a special education local plan area (SELPA).

If your school is interested in pursuing LEA status for the 2013-2014 school year, you must submit a letter notifying your existing SELPA of your intent to exit the SELPA by June 30, 2012. For more information about what it means to operate as an LEA for special education, a detailed description of the application process and your SELPA options, and a sample letter, click here

If you would like to learn more about your responsibilities and options for special education, please join us for an online special education workshop on May 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. In this workshop - "Special Education 201: Understanding and Exercising Your Options For Serving Students with Special Needs" - participants will learn about the special education options available to charter schools, identify the option most suitable for their charter school, and receive guidance on navigating the process of seeking LEA status in a SELPA. Participants will also have the unique opportunity to ask questions, raise concerns, and seek guidance specific to their charter school's unique special education needs. Learn more and register for this workshop