August 01, 2019

Public Charter Schools, IDEA, and ADA

On June 24, 2019, the West Virginia Legislature passed House Bill 206, the omnibus education bill.  One of the many things that this bill addressed was the creation of a process to establish West Virginia’s first three public charter schools.  The new law allows that the first three public charter schools can begin operating in the 2021-2022 school year.

It is important to remember that public charter schools are public schools and are still required to follow the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).