New York Charter Association Responds to UFT Claims About High-Needs Student Enrollment

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The Northeast Charter Schools Network today sent the following statement in response to claims made by the UFT that charter schools’ enrollment of high-needs students do not mirror the districts in which they’re located.

For Immediate Release: January 25, 2016
Contact: Jessica Mokhiber, (518) 573-0516, jmokhiber@necharters.org 

NEW YORK CHARTER ASSOCIATION RESPONDS TO UFT CLAIMS ABOUT CHARTER SCHOOLS’ HIGH-NEEDS STUDENT ENROLLMENT

Albany, NY – The Northeast Charter Schools Network today sent the following statement in response to claims made by the UFT that charter schools’ enrollment of high-needs students do not mirror the districts in which they’re located.

Northeast Charter Schools Network CEO Kyle Rosenkrans said, “What Mike Mulgrew knows but fails to say is that few if any public schools - district or charter - actually meet these standards. Very few district schools actually reflect their district average. The ugly truth is that districts group high-needs students together in particular schools while other district schools have virtually no high-needs children. It's wrong and there are numerous lawsuits against the NYC DOE for this practice. And it's poor black and brown kids who are disproportionately classified and warehoused in programs like these.

"Furthermore, last January's IBO report confirmed that charter schools do a better job keeping students with special needs than traditional district schools do." 

IBO report here: http://www.ibo.nyc.ny.us/iboreports/2015schoolattrition.pdf

About the Northeast Charter Schools Network: The Northeast Charter Schools Network is the membership and advocacy organization for the more than 250 charter schools in New York and Connecticut. Its mission is to support and expand high quality charter schools. 

90 State Street, Suite 1030, Albany NY, 12207
http://necharters.org 

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