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Data show charters expel students at high rate

CHICAGO – Newly released Chicago Public Schools data indicate charter school students are more likely to be expelled than students in traditional schools.

The school district has touted a new conduct code limiting suspensions because they take kids out of the classroom. Of the 25 schools with the top expulsion rates last year, 22 of them were charter schools.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday he is troubled by the information, saying he hopes charter operators will follow CPS' discipline policy.

Illinois Network of Charter Schools president Andrew Broy says the organization wants to figure out why charters have high expulsion rates and try to fix it. He says they will work with CPS to address the issue. However, he says simply stopping expulsions and not addressing the underlying issues isn't a solution.

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