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Concentrations of English Language Learners (ELL) in Public Schools School District

ELL Concentration

Reading SD


Lancaster SD


York City SD


Kennett Consolidated SD


Lebanon SD


Hazleton Area SD


Allentown City SD


Harrisburg City SD


Norristown Area SD


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.

Berks Vital Signs