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Special Education in NYC Charter Schools — and Everywhere Else

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



  • 1 Gideon
    · May 13, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Could you please post the data upon which this research is based.

  • 2 SWSpecEd
    · May 13, 2010 at 11:53 am

    The data on the invoices should also show how many students entered as self-contained but who were reevaluated at the charter and given an lesser restrictive placement–but remained in the setting. What does that data show?