Federal law requires any school receiving public dollars to provide students
with disabilities educational choices comparable to those offered to non-disabled
students. Charter schools cannot discriminate against students with disabilities.
However, it is important to determine whether your charter school receives
federal funding. In determining whether a charter school is subject to
the IDEA and Section 504, it is important to find out whether the charter
school is a public school of the local education agency (LEA) or not.
If the charter school is a public school of the LEA, and most are, then
they are REQUIRED to follow the federal law and provide children with
FAPE and follow the regulations under IDEA. You can usually find out if
the charter school is a public school of the LEA or not by asking the
charter school for its memorandum between either the state or the local
Unfortunately, many parents experience charter schools telling them that
they do not have to follow federal and do not write IEP's or 504 plans.
This is not true. Please contact us at (317) 569-2200 if you are having
trouble with your child's charter school. It is so important parents
are advocates for their children and that they reach out to get their
children the education that they deserve.
More details about charter school obligations to students with disabilities
are available online at