A new special ed study released on Wednesday by United Teachers Los Angeles and the California Teachers Association confirms what many California parents, school district officials and advocates for disabled kids have long contended: that Golden State charter schools disproportionately enroll far fewer students with disabilities than what privatizers generally acknowledge. (Disclosure: CTA is a financial supporter of this website.) Using 2016-17 data from three California districts (L.A., San Diego and Oakland unifieds), State of Denial: California Charter Schools and Special Education Students found that a statistically benign gap between the overall special ed enrollments of charters and district schools more than doubled when researchers broke out the numbers for students with the most disabling and expensive-to-support conditions (those classified as “moderate/severe”). Instead of the

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