According to Duncan, "This is not let a thousand flowers bloom. We only let the best of the best open schools. It should be a very rigorous, competitive process. The chance to educate our children is really a sacred obligation." Yet according to the only national study of charters, fewer than 2 of 10 of these segregated chain gangs produce higher test scores than the public schools they replace. Of course, they do save 20 cents on every dollar for the cost of teachers. Never mind the huge savings accrued from turning a dog kennel or a shutdown Dodge dealership into a school for impoverished minority children.
And now we have another research study that shows in spades how corporate charters are hastening the resegregation of schools.
And here are some clips from Nick Anderson's story today in WaPo:
Download the report and related documents from the press release page.
So yes, corporate apartheid schooling is the civil rights issue of this generation. You bet it is. When will the NAACP or the federal government notice?
Seven out of 10 black charter school students are on campuses with extremely few white students, according to a new study of enrollment trends that shows the independent public schools are less racially diverse than their traditional counterparts.
The findings from the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, which are being released Thursday, reflect the proliferation of charter schools in the District of Columbia and other major cities with struggling school systems and high minority populations.
To the authors of the study, the findings point to a civil rights issue: "As the country continues moving steadily toward greater segregation and inequality of education for students of color in schools with lower achievement and graduation rates," the study concludes, "the rapid growth of charter schools has been expanding a sector that is even more segregated than the public schools."
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n the District, about 28,000 students attend charter schools; the school system has about 46,000 students. Recent data show that 84 percent of the city's charter school students are African American, compared with 78 percent in regular public schools.
Nationally, according to 2007-08 federal data that the study cited, black students account for 32 percent of charter school enrollment. That is roughly twice their share of enrollment in regular public schools.
The study also found that 70 percent of black charter students are in schools in which at least 90 percent of the student population is nonwhite, and 43 percent of black charter students are in schools with virtually all-minority enrollment. For black students in regular public schools, the comparable shares were 36 percent (in the high-minority enrollment schools) and 15 percent (in virtually all-minority schools).. . .