Special Needs

Transportation and Charter Schools

In one of the most recent bursts of education reform in our nation, charter schools have become a common topic of conversation among educators. Proponents of charter schools and supporters of traditional public education vocally support or oppose the charter school movement. Regardless of your personal opinion about charter schools, 41 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico currently have charter school statutes. When it comes to charter schools, discussions about student transportation oftentimes is an afterthought.

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Picking Your Battles

Recently I received a call from a frantic, newly appointed supervisor of transportation, who was overwhelmed by excessive calls from a parent of a child with disabilities.

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IDEA Hits the Road: First Impressions (Part 2)

Editor's note -- This article is the second in a two-part series discussing the definition of the related service transportation, discipline, behavior, alternative educational settings and expulsion from the school bus. In part two, the author focuses on Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings, personnel training, transportation to charter schools and private school placements made by parents, multiple educational program sites and procedural safeguards and due process hearings.

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IDEA Hits the Road: First Impressions of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (Part 1)

Editor's note: Utilizing a Question and Answer format, Dr. Linda Bluth of the Maryland Dept. of Education begins a two-part series to clarity the effect to pupil transportation of the newly issued final regulations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997. In part one she discusses related service, discipline, behavior, alternative educational settings, and expulsion from the school bus. In part two she will address other aspects of the law including requirements for transportation personnel to attend Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings and be familiar with IEP content and the need for more personnel training for supervisor, drivers, and monitors.

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