The UFT Research Department just took a look at the hotly-contested issue of special education enrollment in NYC charter schools.
What we found is that even when they do enroll a fair share of special education students, charters do not enroll the same kinds of students with special needs. Using FOIL’d charter school invoices, we found that charters serve much lower-needs special students. That leaves the regular district schools to educate virtually all those requiring self-contained classrooms, and most who need team-teaching settings.
The implication? If charters don’t serve the same kids, their claims of higher student performance are based in part on non-comparable data.
Read the report here: Special Education in Charters and District Schools