Public Charter Schools are public schools of choice that operate with freedom from many of the regulations that apply to traditional public schools. While many regulations can be waived, it is important to understand no provision of IDEA can be waived including Public Charter schools and must ensure that all teachers providing special education services are appropriately licensed. All Public Charter Schools must comply with all regulations under IDEA. Children with disabilities who attend Public Charter Schools, and their parents retain all rights under IDEA. The charter establishing each such school is a performance contract detailing the school's mission, program, goals, students served, and methods of assessment.
There are two types of Public Charter Schools operating in Arkansas: Open-Enrollment Charter Schools and District Conversion Charter Schools. Both types of Public Charter Schools are responsible for the implementation of all special education services as written in the IEP, as well as the provision of procedural safeguards and FAPE. Children with disabilities who attend Public Charter schools, and their parents retain all rights under IDEA
For more information on Public Charter Schools, please visit the ADE Charter School Webpage.