The New York Times announces a study:

“Addressing a common criticism of New York City charter schools,a study released on Thursday said that in general their students were not, in fact, more likely to transfer out than their counterparts in traditional public schools.

“But the study, conducted by the city’s Independent Budget Office, concluded that special education students left charter schools far more often…”

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And the Shanker institute analyzes the issue thoughtfully:

“One of the most common claims against charter schools is that they ‘push out’ special education students. The basic idea is that charter operators, who are obsessed with being able to show strong test results and thus bolster their reputations and enrollment, subtlety or not-so-subtlety ‘counsel out’ students with special education plans (or somehow discourage their enrollment)…”

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