Choice and Special Education : Education Next

By Jay P. Greene

Marcus Winters has an excellent new study on charter schools and special education. Why are there large gaps between the percentages of students classified as disabled in charter and traditional public schools? A large part of the explanation — about 80% of the difference — can be explained by the fact that charters are just less likely to classify students as disabled and more likely to declassify them. That is, charters have students with almost the same distribution of true disabilities as found in traditional public schools, they just don’t put labels on as many of them. Here’s how Marcus put it:

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