As the march to privatize public schools with privately run but publicly funded charter schools, the numbers give us a telling reason for the charter advocates' self described "wild successes."
They aren't serving as many special needs students as regular schools.
And from my experience in the RSD schools, the numbers on the top end are grossly underestimated. I guess that's what happens when students can go from school to school and their paperwork gets lost. Look at those numbers and read "paperwork-proven percentages." Our counselors couldn't keep up with the number of diagnoses necessary.
Undiagnosed and underserved special needs students' test results count for NCLB "accountability" ratings. Taking that into account, are charters' mildly more sucessful records really worth the amount of resources put into them? Remember, when it comes to government spending, I want serious return on my investment.
At least the attenion is working to some degree. Under public pressure and increasing scrutiy for the disparity, some charters are starting to address the issue. It is about time.