Again and again, we hear the same story: charters excluding children with special needs. This is contrary to federal law. How do they get away with it? Where are the lawyers?

A mother writes:

My daughter is a mainstream student and has been attending Minnesota School of Science since they opened. For 2 years in a row I have been trying to enroll my son who is a special needs student but have been told by the school both years not to enroll him because the special education program is lacking and that my son’s needs will not get met and was told he is better off in a Minneapolis Public school not a charter school. This came straight from the mouth of the principal and two special needs teachers. I am glad they were honest enough to warn me that their special needs program sucks, but what does that mean for the children already enrolled? That their needs are not being met and that they are being under educated?