Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Segregation at Charter Schools | Charter schools nationwide are racially segregated, according to a study from the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles. About three out of four black students who attend charter schools are among student populations that are at least 90 percent minority. The pattern of racial isolation is similar in Bay Area and California charter schools. These are "the very kind of schools that decades of civil rights struggles fought to abolish in the South," researchers said. Charter school supporters criticized the study. "The civil rights issue here is the persistent achievement gap and high dropout rates for these students when they are left to languish in traditional schools that fail to meet their academic needs," said Jed Wallace, chief executive and president of the California Charter Schools Association. [The San Francisco Chronicle]

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