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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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