Charters Come Up Short

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PCCY Audit Found Significant Issues with Philadelphia’s Charter Schools

A recent audit conducted by the non-profit Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY), and presented to the School Reform Commission, identified problems with academics and enrollment in Philadelphia’s charter schools. An article in the Fall/Winter Childwatch Newsletter noted that “one charter up for renewal…performed worse on state assessments than the district did over the last two years.” The audit also noted that many charter schools had lower enrollment rates than the Philadelphia School District for Special Education students, English Language Learners, and low-income children. In all, they found 111 barriers for parents who attempted to enroll their children in these charter schools.

Other statistics of note include:
• One charter with an enrollment rate of Special Education students that was only one-third of the district’s rate
• Fewer than two percent of English Language Learners, as opposed to the district’s average of eight percent, in 13 charter schools
• There were fewer low-income students than the district’s average in nine charter schools

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