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lower no. of high needs students at charters -- and percentage is declining

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  • Leonie Haimson
    Strange headline though..
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 29, 2013
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      Strange headline though….

       

      http://www.nydailynews.com/nyc-charter-schools-successful-article-1.1410880

       

       

      Charter schools score higher than NYC schools, but critics say comparison is unfair

      Publicly funded, privately run charter schools enroll less than half as many English-language learners and fewer kids with disabilities than district-run schools do.

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      By Ben Chapman / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

      Saturday, July 27, 2013, 10:30 PM

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      NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

      State numbers show that public schools cater to a needier set opposed to charter schools, which typically return better test scores.

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      Charter schools score higher than city-operated schools by many measures — but they serve a less challenging population, with fewer needy students, the latest state numbers show.

      Publicly funded, privately run charter schools enroll less than half as many English-language learners and fewer kids with disabilities than district-run schools do.

      Critics say the disparity puts more strain on city-run schools.

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      Special-needs kids constituted 9.4% of the students in charter schools, compared with 14.1% in city-run schools, state data from the 2011-12 school year show. English-language learners were 5.8% if the enrollment in charter schools, compared with 15% in district schools.

      The charters outperform traditional public schools on many standardized tests, but critics say they start off with advantages because of the gap in percentages of English-language learners and students with disabilities.

      Teachers union President Michael Mulgrew ripped city and state officials over the numbers, saying charters are coddled.

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      “Charters receive money based on serving high-needs students,” Mulgrew said.

      Boosting charter schools has always been Mayor Bloomberg’s strategy — and Education Department spending on charters has multiplied by 20 times since 2002.

      The city’s 159 charters are bound by law to admit students though random lotteries, but some have been accused of “creaming” less-challenging students from the pool of applicants.

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      “It’s a problem at some schools,” conceded a charter school leader who wished to remain anonymous. “They don’t go out of their way to find those students.”

      City spending on charter schools reached a record $659 million in the 2010-11 school year, according to city data. Now a hotly contested mayoral election will determine the fate of the booming movement.

      Even though charters are serving more kids citywide, the next mayor could snuff out the industry by eliminating rent breaks many charters rely on.

      Officials at the New York City Charter School Center said the schools are working to enroll more needy students.

      “These figures don’t reflect the last two years of charter schools’ efforts to provide a wide range of students with the high-quality education every child deserves,” said center chief James Merriman.

      bchapman@nydailynews,com


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