In Newark, bilingual students gain an edge in the enrollment process
For the first time, Newark students who are still learning English will gain an edge when they apply to schools this year — part of the district's ongoing effort to ensure that all schools serve their fair share of high-needs students. The city's computerized enrollment system, which allows families to apply to most traditional and charter schools using an online portal, has for years given a preference to low-income students and those with disabilities. But it has not previously done that for English learners, even though they are more segregated than those other groups.
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