Date of Award

Spring 5-3-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

First Advisor

Gladys Y. Aponte


The New York City Department of Education has the responsibility of educating more than one million students from diverse backgrounds and various economic statuses. The department boasts school choice- allowing its public school students and their families to choose between magnet schools, charter schools, and their local neighborhood zoned schools. This paper uncovers how the multitude of school choices came to be in NYC, how it affects multilingual families, and potential solutions to the effects of school choice on multilingual families. This paper investigates why only 7% of charter school students are Multilingual Learners, while 15% of NYC Public School students are Multilingual Learners. This investigation also offers suggestions to administrators and school policymakers on how they can address the inequities that exist in the school choice process.