The purpose of the North State Charter Joint Powers Authority (JPA) is to create an entity for the sharing of special education resources and for the creation of shared services for students enrolled in member charter schools. The JPA also consults with charter schools throughout California to assist in the development and implementation of their special education plans.

What is Special Education?

Special Education is defined in the California Education Code (56031) as "specially designed instruction, at no cost to the parent, to meet the unique needs of individuals with exceptional needs, including instruction conducted in the classroom, in the home, in hospitals and institutions, and other settings, and instruction in physical education."

Special education ensures that the unique needs of students with disabilities are met through additional services, supports, programs, specialized placements, or environments. Special education services are provided to eligible students at no cost to families. The core purpose of special education is to provide specially designed instruction and intervention, as well as to give students with disabilities access to the same educational programs and/or activities that are available to their non disabled peers.