I know that one of the criticisms of charters is that while the school can't often just expel or not accept a student, "counseling out" seems to be a thing: Where the school doesn't explicitly say they don't want Student, but give a whole lot of reasons why the school experience isn't working out. This seems to be often directed towards students with behavior problems, special needs, cultural differences, etc. When I heard of this, I was always what I hope was properly aghast. After all, charter schools are public schools, they should be accepting and working with all students! But now I find myself on the other side of the fence, watching a family (2 of the students are mine) struggle with my school, and it's dawning on me that they are slowly but surely being counseled out. And I kind of agree it's not a good fit. I'm teaching at an online charter, and the family is just not doing well. They have an entire log of issues to themselves. To just touch on a few issues, Dad is the parent at home attempting to help with school and he's functionally computer illiterate, which has made it very difficult to work with him (I don't mean "not understanding the finer points of Google suite" illiterate, but how to open files, use hyperlinks, etc.). There are claims of a bunch of IEPs, but only one produced. We've had incidents where assessment integrity has been compromised because of Dad blatantly trying to help in the wrong way. One of the teenagers is working just below full-time hours a week, with school sadly becoming secondary. My suspicion is that they're trying to hide from the requirements of a district school, and it's just turning into a mess. They're truly nice, hard-working people, but they also as a family unit don't seem to know which way's up in this school situation. In conclusion, I have found myself thinking that this school might not be the best fit for them. And that makes me feel bad because "counseling out" is such a dirty term.