Originally Posted by Emmeline II
It seems to me that the assumption is actually that regular schools are always better than a charter--you just didn't realize it
No, that's not my assumption. My assumption, having lived a bunch of different places and having tried different types of education, is that every single school is different, and that the same school can be a completely different experience for two different kids.
Where I currently live, charter schools are not required to provide even the most minor accommodations to SN students. At all. Going to the state will not help, and making a stink will get a family run out of the school. I know that's not the case every where, but it is here. I've no idea if it's the case where the OPer lives or not.
Some of those exact same schools are fabulous for other kids, and I know that in other places charters do a nice job with kids with mild needs. So no, it's not my bias that charters are bad. However, I do see a lot of people assuming that charters are better without even checking out their home school. I think it can be quite difficult to tell from the outside how any school will do meeting the needs of a specific child.
The OPer's child has issues with her right hand. It seems possible to me that those issues will eventually effect handwriting. It seems possible that physical therapy and/or occupational therapy might be helpful for her. Here, those services are only available through public schools.