Self-Segregation in Charter Schools

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  1. MarketStEl

    MarketStEl Will Work for Food, But Prefers Cash

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    Charter school proponents tout the privately run public schools as a way to improve choice and educational outcomes for students, especially students in low-income and minority communities.

    Some studies have already suggested that charters as a whole don't produce significantly better educational outcomes for students thanks to wide variations in the quality of the individual schools. Now a new study of charter schools in Pennsylvania finds that black and Latino students especially will choose charter schools where their own race dominates even if more diverse schools are closer. (White students also tended to make this choice, but the distance factor, it appears, wasn't as significant.)

    Students seem to prefer charter schools dominated by members of their race, Pa. study finds | Newsworks / WHYY

    So has it come to pass that, after the great push for integration of the Civil Rights years and the subsequent rise of identity politics, we've all internalized Jim Crow? Or is something else afoot?
     
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    Hospitalitygirl Resident Ornery Bitch

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    Why is this a surprise? Look at the suburbs--you know those places people move to supposedly for the schools. They're really just another way to self-segregate.
     
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    ShoshTrvls Well-Known Member

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    I think that there are factors here that can't be so easily dismissed as "self-segregation."

    Charter schools sell themselves, and need to distinguish themselves to do so. So you end up seeing some charters with slick marketing brochures which are designed to appeal to a certain demographic. So some focus on "discipline," with the belief that this will appeal to blacks who are afraid that their kids will end up in gangs, or, similarly, on test scores, which may be seen as the key to a college education. On the other hand, whereas places like Independence Charter (a mostly white charter) focus on softer elements because most white families really aren't as worried that their kid is going to become a street corner drug dealer.
     
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    ICS is mostly white? I don't believe that.
     
  5. ShoshTrvls

    ShoshTrvls Well-Known Member

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    I just looked at the stats and you are correct, now it is not. But 5-10 years ago when it started, it was lots and lots of white kids immersed in Spanish. From the school's page, it also looks like it is no longer a parent-driven school (which is what charters were meant to be) -- the PTA page hasn't been updates since before November, 2016.
     

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