Charter Myths and Realities

The United Federation of Teachers wants to stop the expansion of charter schools. As part of its longstanding campaign to drive charter operators out of New York City, the union has seized upon the so-called “enrollment gap.” Charters, they claim, get such great results because they find ways to avoid serving the most challenging students—namely, non-native English speakers and the disabled. The enrollment gap does exist, but asmy research and new data from the New York City Independent Budget Office (IBO) confirms, the union’s explanation for it is highly misleading.

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