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AP: Charter Schools among the Most Segregated

Charter school proponents argue that they provide a way out for students stuck in low-performing public schools. But there is one unexpected outcome: they are among the most segregated schools.

A recent Associated Press study indicates that charter schools are “vastly over-represented among schools where minorities study in the most extreme racial isolation.” In 2014–15, more than 1,000 of the nation’s 6,747 charter schools had minority enrollment of at least 99 percent, and that number is increasing. The problem is that such extreme segregation corresponds with low achievement levels in schools of all kinds. That means fewer students meeting proficiency standards in reading and math.

A civil rights attorney has filed suit in Minnesota, accusing the state of allowing racially segregated charter schools to proliferate, leading to growing achievement gaps for minority students.

Read “Charter schools put more students in racial isolation” in the Houston Chronicle.

December 19, 2017