New Special Education Option for San Diego Unified Charters to Take Effect July 2013

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March 29, 2013 The San Diego Unified School District Board (SDUSD) of Education voted 4-0, with Board Member Foster absent, on Tuesday to approve a new special education arrangement for charter schools authorized by SDUSD. Under a one year pilot program, the new option will provide charter schools with increased autonomy and flexibility over special education services.

As a result of ongoing funding and service challenges faced by charter schools participating in the SDUSD SELPA, CCSA staff members and charter school leaders have worked closely with SDUSD staff over the last several months to develop this new arrangement.

Charter schools participating in the new option (Option 2) will gain full control over their special education programs and budgets, and will be provided with 80% of the special education and mental health revenue generated by the charter school's average daily attendance. The District will also establish an advisory committee made of up charter school leaders to weigh in on special education policy decisions impacting charter schools.

Charter schools that meet eligibility criteria and are interested in participating in this new option for the 2013-14 school year must submit a signed memorandum of understanding to the District by April 4, 2013. Questions regarding the new option can be directed to Miles Durfee at or Allison Magill at