Bridgeport Charter Schools Discriminate Against Connecticut Children
As is the case elsewhere in Connecticut and across the country, charter schools generally refuse to accept and educate their fair share of children who require special education services, children who need help learning the English language, as well as, children with disciplinary issues.
While siphoning off scarce public funds, these privately owned and operated schools fail to educate the range of students who live in their communities.
Rather than provide open door policies were all are welcome, charter schools “cream” off those students who they believe will score higher on standardized tests, thereby setting up the false narrative that the narrow, teaching to the test methodology used by charter schools make them more successful than real public schools.
In Bridgeport, Connecticut, the charter school industry’s discriminatory approach is in full view.
In a community in which nearly one in six students are not fluent in the English Language and many require additional English language services, two Bridgeport charter schools report that they have no ELL students and none of the six charter schools in the city educate an appropriate share of students who need help learning the English Language.
Failing to educate English language learners is an “effective” way in which charter schools artificially inflate their test scores. No ESL students mean they needn’t worry about those children bringing down their average scores.
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