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Research-to-Practice Bridge Event

The Special Education Enrollment Gap in Louisiana: Charter Versus Traditional Schools

Friday, October 12, 2018

Archived Resources

Webinar recordings

Introduction and Study Findings

Reflections on the Findings

Discussion and Closing

This webinar presents the findings and implications of REL Southwest’s report, Special Education Enrollment and Classification in Louisiana Charter Schools and Traditional Schools. A researcher describes potential applications of the findings outside of Louisiana, and a practitioner reflects on how to apply the findings in a charter school setting. The presenters then engage in a facilitated panel discussion, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Participants can expect to:

  • Gain a better understanding of the population of students in special education and their enrollment rates in charter and traditional schools in Louisiana.
  • Understand the factors associated with differences in classification and enrollment rates of students with an individualized education program (IEP).
  • Learn about the report finding’s applications and implications to practice.


  • Patrick Wolf, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Education Policy, University of Arkansas
  • Tessie Bailey, Ph.D., Principal Technical Assistance Consultant, American Institutes for Research
  • Sametta Brown, Retired Chief Executive Officer, New Beginnings Schools Foundation


  • Shannon Lasserre-Cortez, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, REL Southwest
  • Marguerite Huber, Communications Associate, REL Southwest

Who will benefit: state administrators, superintendents, charter school principals, charter school board members, charter authorizers, community groups, and special education advocates interested in this topic.

Contact: Marguerite Huber