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New investigation of charter schools shows they lack diversity

A new study of charter schools shows that their student makeup differs markedly from area public schools. Specifically, those schools attract more white students.

There are 115 charter schools in the US that have a percentage of white students at least 20 points higher than at any of the traditional public schools in the districts where they are located. This 20-percentage-point difference is often used in federal desegregation lawsuits as a measure of which schools are considered racially identifiable. Racially identifiable white charter schools have emerged in 18 of the 42 states with charter schools (Texas is home to 19 of these charter schools).

Lake Oconee Academy in Georgia is one such charter. “…Some residents say that policies at the school make it hard for black families to enroll their kids: Land’s End uniforms they can’t afford, and the fact that the charter doesn’t provide bus transportation to and from school, while the other public schools do,” the author writes.

Read “Nearly 750 charter schools are whiter than the nearby district schools,” by Emmanuel Felton, The Hechinger Report.

July 12, 2018