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Region II comprises 1,304 school districts that enroll 4,621,589 K-12 students (See Table I below). Desegregation needs in Region II school districts reflect the national trends discussed in previous sections, including overrepresentation of English learners and students of color in special education; their underrepresentation in gifted programs and advanced-placement courses; discrepancies in the testing and placement of English learners; unequal access to highly qualified, effective teachers; low on-time graduation and high dropout rates; achievement gaps; and uneven school financing formulas. Table 7 displays some of Region II’s characteristics.

Regional Characteristic

New York

New Jersey

Puerto Rico

Virgin Islands

Public School Districts (N)

697

604

1

2

Total students: K-12 (N)

2,695,000

1,383,705

527,116

15,768

Public K-12 Schools (N)

4,512

2,485

1,499

39

Charter Schools (N)

141

73

--

--

Per-pupil spending per year

$18,801

$19,154

$6,483

$12,358

FTE teachers (N)

225,780

112,933

39,359

1,518

Average pupil/teacher ratio

11.6/1

12.4/1

12.5/1

10.5/1

Students: % White

51%

53%

--

1.3%

Students: % Black

19%

17%

--

83.1%

Students: % Hispanic

21%

21%

100%

15.2%

Students: % Asian/Pacific Islander

8%

8.5%

--

.2%

Students: % American Indian/ Alaska Native

.005%

.002%

--

.2%

Students: % Hawaiian Native

 

.009%

 

 

Students: % Two or more races

 

.004%

 

 

Students: %, Title I-eligibleschools

96%

51%

99%

--

Students: %, Title ISchoolwide-program schools

45%

15%

93%

--

Students: % with IEPs

14.4%

14.4%

20.5%

--

Students: % enrolled in ELL programs

8.3%

4.7%

--

--

Students: % eligible for free/reduced lunch

44.1%

28.9%

91.4%

--

 

(Sources: NJDOE, 2011a; 2011b; 2011c; NYSED, 2010; 2011a; 2011c; 2011d; PRDOE, 2008; U.S. Census Department 2011; USDE, 2011.)