FAQ #1:  What is an ELL Student?
An ELL Student is an English Language Learner - a student who is learning the English language in addition to his or her native language.  In the BCSD, 12% of our total enrollment are ELL students.  From 2007-2015, the percentage of ELLs in our district rose 73%, while on average in Westchester-Putman, the percentage actually decreased 1%.  The demographics of our district have changed significantly in a relatively short amount of time, and do not reflect what has happened to most other districts in the region.

FAQ #2:  Why does it matter how many ELLs or Free/Subsidized Lunch Students are in the District?
The state Foundation Aid formula increases state aid for school districts that have significant populations of ELL students or students on the Free/Subsidized Lunch Program to partially offset the added costs. Aid should be directed to the higher need students that require the additional support.

FAQ #3:  So we receive additional state aid because our changing enrollment?
NO.  In fact, we receive far less than our demographic peers. 

Want to learn more? 
For more detailed information on how state aid is determined,
check this out:  State Aid Primer
For additional discussions of the BCSD state aid dilemma,
click here:  State Aid Details

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