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Concentrations of English Language Learners (ELL) in Public Schools School District ELL Concentration Reading SD 18.47% Lancaster SD 17.46% York City SD 14.04% Kennett Consolidated SD 12.23% Lebanon SD 11.72% Hazleton Area SD 11.00% Allentown City SD 10.92% Harrisburg City SD 10.74% Norristown Area SD 10.03% Table 7.5. Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education n Over the past two decades, Berks County school districts have had to confront declining state funding as a percentage of their budgets at the same time that the majority of districts have had to deal with the erosion of their ability to generate revenues locally. Still, by and large, the districts have performed well and there is broad satisfaction with the quality of education available in the county. n However, the quality of education in the City of Reading is a concern for the broader community. The city does face some unique challenges. n Large urban school districts across the Commonwealth have had to deal with more transient student populations and the influx of students whose native language is not English. Reading, with 18.5% of its students, has the highest percentage of English Language Learners in the state.

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