Department of Education Released Guidance Outlining Charter Schools’ Responsibilities Under Federal Civil Rights Laws

On May 14, the Department of Education released guidance clarifying that charter schools – like all public schools – have a federal obligation to ensure that all children, regardless of race, national origin, sex, or disability status, receive a fair and equal opportunity to succeed. Charters have grown significantly in recent years and now make up nearly 6 percent of the nation’s public schools – three times the number in 1999. Read the Department’s letter on their website.

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