Figure D

Challenges confronting New York City schools, all schools vs. schools slated for closure

Characteristic All schools Schools slated for closure
Over-age 6.1% 10.3%
English language learner 12.2% 13.7%
Poor 67.2% 77.1%
Black 31.6% 40.4%
Hispanic 39.2% 55.4%
White 12.9% 1.1%
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Note: Over-age refers to students who are older than the expected age for that grade; normally this indicates that the student has been retained in grade one or more times. Poor students are those who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

Source: Independent Budget Office (2012b)

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