PUBLIC CHARTER schools in the District expel students at a higher rate than do the city’s traditional schools. Are the charters expelling too many, or the school system too few?
The answer is a bit of both; both the charter and traditional schools should examine their policies and practices. Also important is whether the District provides sufficient learning environments for students who struggle in conventional settings.
A recent report by The Post’s Emma Brown showed dramatic disparities between the number of students expelled by public charter schools and the public school system. According to The Post’s analysis of school data, charter schools, which enroll 41 percent of public school students, expelled 676 students in the past three years, compared to 24 for the public school system. The numbers don’t capture practices employed by the traditional system — including long-term suspensions, involuntary transfers or reassignment of out-of-boundary students to their home schools — that essentially result in separation of a student from a school. Also, there is wide variation among charters; a small percentage of charters account for most of the expulsions.