Special Needs Transportation

Facts on charter schools for special-needs students

Posted on December 2, 2011

A pertinent new resource provides information on charter schools for families and educators of special-needs students.

The guide, from the National Dissemination Center for Children With Disabilities (which is abbreviated as NICHCY because of an earlier version of its name), answers 10 commonly asked questions about charter schools, including whether they are responsible for providing transportation.

"In some states, yes, charter schools are responsible for providing students with transportation to and from school," the document explains. "In other states, the district in which the school resides may be responsible for providing transportation."

For further details on transportation responsibilities and other topics, NICHCY provides links to each state's charter school law, which includes specifics on the state’s transportation policies for charter schools.

The guide, called "The Facts on Charter Schools and Students with Disabilities," also answers broader questions, such as what charter schools are and how they are funded.

To access the NICHCY document, go here.


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