Documentation and policy changes have occurred at nearly 100 Arizona charter schools following a civil rights group’s report that accused schools of having discriminatory enrollment policies, education officials say.
In its report from December, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona found that many charter schools had admission requirements that deterred certain students, including those with disabilities, English-learning needs, poor academic performance, and past disciplinary issues.
A state board that oversees charters says that 97 percent of those schools have now been deemed compliant, while the remaining schools are working with board staff to examine if their policies are compliant. The state board has also revised its review and advisory processes to prevent enrollment violations.
A version of this article appeared in the June 20, 2018 edition of Education Week as Arizona Charter Schools Change Policies After Discriminatory Practices Found