Did You Know? CCSA's Top 10 Special Education Resources

May 30, 2013

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Did you know that CCSA has over 50 online resources dedicated to special education? In our special education section, you will find an array of resource guides, fact sheets and online training videos covering a wide range of special education topics.

Here is a snapshot of the top 10 resources available in the Charter Schools Resource Library:

Resource Guides and Toolkits:

Special Education Mandates and Procedures

This resource guide provides a comprehensive description of state and federal special education laws. Topics include child find requirements, identification and evaluation procedures, eligibility standards, individualized education program (IEP) development, free appropriate public education (FAPE) standards, and dispute resolution procedures. Additionally, it includes graphic timelines for key special education mandates, as well as glossary of frequently used special education acronyms.

Understanding the Options for SELPA Membership

Learn about California's governance and funding structures for special education, describes the options available to charter schools when it comes to serving students with disabilities, and provides guidance on seeking status as a local educational agency (LEA) for special education purposes. The resource guide also includes sample letters for schools intending to leave their existing SELPA and join a new SELPA.

Special Education Consortia

This useful guide provides important information about the benefits of participating in a special education consortium, including service sharing and risk management aspects. It also offers detailed guidance for schools seeking to join or form a special education consortium.

Creating a Sound Special Education Policy for Your Charter Petition

This resource guide begins with an overview of the basic federal and state special education and then provides a step by step guide to creating the special education portion of the charter petition, including sample petition language.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

This outlines the major requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as they relate to charter schools. It also provides tips and resources to help charter schools maintain compliance with Section 504.

Special Education Self-Assessment Checklist

The checklist serves as a best-practice guide for charter schools that are considering LEA status for special education. The checklist outlines the various policies and procedures, special education services, and administrative components that schools should have in place to successfully operate as an LEA for special education.

Online Training Videos:

Special Education Mandates and Procedures

This 35-minute training video explains the key special education mandates imposed on all public schools by state and federal special education, including child find requirements, identification and evaluation procedures, eligibility standards, individualized education program (IEP) development, free appropriate public education (FAPE) standards, and dispute resolution procedures.

Understanding and Exercising Your Options for Special Education

This 30-minute training video discusses California's governance and funding structures for special education, describes the options available to charter schools when it comes to serving students with disabilities, and provides guidance on seeking status as a local educational agency (LEA) for special education purposes.

Creating a Sound Special Education Policy for Your Charter Petition

This brief 20-minute training video for charter school developers provides a step-by-step guide to drafting the special education plan to be included in a charter petition.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

This short 20-minute training video provides important information about the major requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act as they relate to charter schools, including tips and resources to help charter schools maintain compliance with Section 504.

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