[lg policy] New NCSPE report--Are ELL Students Underrepresented in Charter Schools? Demographic Trends in New York City, 2006-2008

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
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*Are ELL Students Underrepresented in Charter Schools? Demographic Trends in
New York City, 2006-2008*
By  *Jack Buckley & Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj*

Analysts of charter school reform have recently begun to investigate the
enrollment patterns of special student populations, namely, low-income
students, students classified as special education, and those with English
language learner status. Using three recent years of data from the New York
State School Report Cards and analyzing the charter population at the school
level, we nd that English language learners are consistently
under-represented in charter school populations across three academic years.
Conversely, students who qualify for reduced price lunch are overrepresented
and students eligible for free lunch are approximately proportionally
represented. This gap in enrollments of English language learners is con
rmed by comparing to a population estimate drawn from data from the
2006-2008 American Community Survey. These patterns remain generally
constant for all school years observed, but the distribution changes
slightly as the total number of charter schools operating in New York City
increased between 2005-2006 and 2007-2008.

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