Document Number: 10938Why the Gap? Special Education and New York City Charter Schools - A national gap in enrollment rates of special education students persists between charter schools and public schools with charters lagging at about 3 percent. The author looked at a similar gap in New York City and found students with disabilities-especially those with autism or a speech or language impairment-are less likely to apply to charters in kindergarten. Surprisingly, the results do not suggest that charter schools are refusing to admit or are pushing out students with special needs. In fact, more students with previously identified disabilities enter charter schools than exit them as they progress through elementary grade levels.
(Marcus A. Winters, Center on Reinventing Public Education, September 2013)...
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