Study: NYC Charter Schools Have Lower Attrition Rates

NEW YORK (AP) —

New York City charter schools show lower rates of attrition than public schools, according to a report released Thursday by a nonpartisan watchdog agency.

The teachers union, which criticizes the publicly-funded but privately-run movement, responded with their own report complaining that high-needs students, including those living in homeless shelters and those who don’t speak English, are underrepresented at the city’s charter schools.

Supporters and critics of charter schools are trying to sway state legislators who will decide whether to go along with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and increase the cap on charters by 100.

“Down goes another baseless allegation against charter school educators and their students,” said Kyle Rosengrans, CEO of the Northeast Charter Schools Network. “In the face of this data, the unions and their sympathizers should apologize for years’ worth of smears on the hard work of charter school educators and their students.”

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