New York City high schools that serve more students with special needs or students who are overage or low-performing in math and reading more likely are to receive lower grades from the state, a newspaper analysis shows. "I believe absolutely the deck is stacked against us," said Bernard Gassaway, principal of a high school that received a failing grade this year. Schools that repeatedly earn low grades often are those eventually slated for aggressive interventions, which include closure.
NYC schools serving students with high needs often earn low grades
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