Moton’s charter could be revoked for failing to identify children who need special education

Robert Russa Moton Charter School faces a rare charter revocation hearing for failing to do enough to identify children who need special education, according to a notice from the Orleans Parish School Board.

The school district sent the notice last week, saying Moton had failed to take the steps required to correct problems identified in August. That was the second time the school district had spelled out exactly what Moton had to fix in order to follow federal law and state education policy.

Neither the school district nor Moton had provided the letter by midday Tuesday. The Lens requested notices of non-compliance from the district last week; state law requires that public records be provided immediately if not in use, and within three days if they are.

The school district’s warning earns the charter organization a sit-down with the superintendent, Dina Hasiotis said at a school board committee meeting on Monday.

She said the warning was issued due to “continued concerns related to ‘child find’ obligations at the school,” referring to the federal policy that outlines what schools must do to identify students with special education needs.

Moton CEO Paulette Bruno was at Monday’s meeting. “We are working to put something together because we are not in agreement with what was presented to us,” she said afterward.

Schools are required to provide a free, appropriate education to all students who walk through their doors, regardless of any disability.

Traditional school districts can shift special-education resources to maximize efficiency. But most charter school networks act as their own school own districts, and single-site schools like Moton don’t have the same economies of scale.

Other charters in New Orleans, like Lagniappe Academies and ReNEW SciTech Academy,  have gotten into trouble for not meeting special education requirements and gaming the system.

Source: Moton’s charter could be revoked for failing to identify children who need special education | The Lens

Jimmy Kilpatrick, a national recognized professional special education advocate since 1994.

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