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Staten Island: Plans for 2 new charter schools; "one in 4 students has a disability"

June 11, 2018, Chalkbeat: Six New York City charter schools are one step closer to approval https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/ny/2018/06/11/six-new-york-city-charter-schools-are-one-step-closer-to-approval/ Six proposed New York City charter schools cleared a hurdle toward approval Monday after receiving a preliminary thumb’s up from the state’s top education policymaking board…. Two of the approved charter schools would be based in the Bronx, two on Staten Island, and one a piece in Brooklyn and Queens. When fully phased in, the schools would have room for nearly 2,700 students. The Brooklyn elementary school will incorporate martial arts into the school day and mimic some elements of KIPP charter schools, one of the largest networks in the city. The Queens charter school, New Dawn Charter High School II, will replicate an existing “transfer” school in Brooklyn that serves students who have struggled at traditional high schools and are older or behind in credits. The two schools approved for Staten Island, where one in four students has a disability, will have a special focus on students with autism or those who struggle to read. ... “It’s very needed,” Regent Christine Cea said of the Staten Island charter schools. “We have the highest population of students on the autism spectrum.”...