It seems like the SBE is missing the big picture here. Dynamic fits the original intention of charter schools - to creatively serve students who were not thriving in traditional schools - and by the reports of students and parents, it is succeeding at that. For the 30% of students who were previously homeschooled, being educated in a school setting surrounded by peers is a step *towards* inclusion - why is that not taken under consideration by the SBE? There is also an extremely important difference between a school refusing to include a student in the mainstream setting vs. a parent choosing to remove their child from an environment which is not meeting their needs. By the way, Dynamic may be the only charter serving only students with DD/ID, but there are private schools in the area based on the same model, and no one seems to have a problem with their existence. Bottom line, if there was not a need for the DCCS in our community because of gaps in how public schools provide for students with disabilities, parents would not send their children there.
Regina, the sad fact is that the NCGA does not want public schools to succeed. This is part of a national push towards privatization of public education - the intent is to make it look like our public schools are "failing" so the money can be funneled into vouchers and for profit charter schools.
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