As with Connecticut’s privately owned, but publicly funded, charter schools in Bridgeport, (See Bridgeport Charter Schools Discriminate Against Connecticut Children), the charter schools in Hartford also refuse to accept and educate students who require help learning the English language and those who need special education services.
Connecticut charter schools already collect more than $100 million in scarce public funds from the state of Connecticut, diverting money away from the real public schools that do fulfil their responsibility to accept and educate all students.
Instead of meeting their obligation to their communities, charter schools discriminate against children in need – all in an attempt to boost their test scores.
The following chart highlights how Hartford’s charter schools are failing the capital city’s children,
|Hartford||% English Language Learners||% Special Education|
|Hartford Public Schools||18%||16%|
|Jumoke Charter School||0%||6%|
|Achievement First Inc. – Hartford||6%||9%|
Also, just as with the charter schools in Bridgeport, charter schools institute unfair and discriminatory discipline policies designed to force out children who require additional services and attention.
Achievement First Inc. – Hartford suspends English Language Learners 66% more than Hartford public schools.
Achievement First Inc. – Hartford suspends special education students 83% more than Hartford public schools.