As a parent whose difficult child attends a Charter school, I understand just how precarious their placement can be. Our charter is run by a most amazing woman who extends a hand to help every child that passes over the threshold. Unfortunately, I know of a few kids she was unable to reach and/or help. She simply did not have the resources available.
While being a part of the public school system, charter schools do still run independently; not only based on which children they will accept or deny, but they also run independently [for the most part] monetarily. Charter schools here in CT do not receive the same funding as district public schools. For instance, charter schools must pay their own mortgage or rent and utilities while our local public HS's rent/mortgage is part of our town's budget. Likewise, much of the funding our charter school does receive from the state/federal government is used for cost per pupil and meeting the state/national requirements, not to mention the actual school requirements, which are stringent. Our charter school teachers are not paid the same as local public school HS teachers, yet they put up with a lot of more crap - *think* major behavioral and disciplinary actions. A charter school like ours, only 85 students divided between 10/11/12th grades, comes up short of funds many times throughout the year. They have a 'wish list' that they hand out every few months for items like paper towels, tissues, toilet paper, ketchup, cleaners and mops, etc.
Our director is constantly seeking parental involvement when seeking monetary aid in the form of federal grants and the release of funds through out state education department - it can be quite tiring and humbling to run a quality school on fumes.
Add to that a child with exceptional needs and I can see why they would try to help, but then deny, that child access to thier school. I think that the parents are doing thier daughter a disservice as well as placing many other students at risk of losing thier place at the charter school and they should seek another environment for her. It is a sad story to be sure.