Charter schools and English language learners

September 3, 2010 § Leave a comment

Charter schools get a lot of accolades, but rarely are they touted for their work with English language learners (ELLs). That’s because in charter-school hot spots like New York City, charters have tended not to serve ELLs as much as they do other students, causing some groups to complain that they’re avoiding some of the most vulnerable and difficult-to-teach children.

In fact, 16.5 percent of charter students are English language learners, according to a new report by the Center for American Progress (CAP) and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). Nationally, nine percent of schoolchildren in the U.S. don’t speak English at home.

Yet ELLs in charters tend to do much worse than their peers in regular public schools, the report’s authors note, citing one national study by Stanford researchers.

So what to do? Read more…

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