Education Report Roundup

N.Y.C. Accused of Excluding Many English-Learners from Small-Schools Initiative

By Mary Ann Zehr — December 07, 2006 1 min read

English-language learners have limited access to some of the 186 small high schools that are part of a small-schools initiative launched by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in the New York City school system, says a report by two immigrant-advocacy groups.

“So Many Schools, So Few Options: How Mayor Bloomberg’s Small High School Reforms Deny Full Access to English-Language Learners” is posted by the Advocates for Children of New York.

Out of 183 small high schools studied during the 2005-06 school year, 93 had a population of English-language learners that was less than 5 percent of the student body, compared with the 12 percent of all high school students in New York City who are classified as English-learners, according to the report. It was produced by the New York Immigration Coalition and Advocates for Children of New York.