Report Reveals Trend of Segregation in Charter Schools

CBS Local, March 10, 2012

The expansion of charter schools has led to classrooms being more segregated today than they were 30 years ago, according to a recent report that provides policymakers with detailed recommendations on how to ensure all students have access to a quality education.

Some of the nation’s most segregated schools are charter schools, where students are often isolated by race, income, language and special education status, according to the report, authored by Julie F. Mead, of the University of Wisconsin, and Preston C. Green III, of Penn State University.

For example, 43 percent of black charter school students attend schools that are 99 percent minority, according to the report. Meanwhile, researchers found that less than 15 percent of black students in traditional public schools attend such highly segregated schools.


Mead and Green say improving education means serving “all children regardless of race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, language, disability and gender.”


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  • Another “Duh” story.  Obviously, charters will be “racially segregated,” because in many states, they’re only permitted to be set up in heavily black and Hispanic urban areas, precisely because they’re sold to legislators as a panacea to black and Hispanic academic failure.  Too, if a heavily white group would try to get a charter school going, they’ll be turned down.

    Example:  Missouri.  The only two jurisdictions where charter schools are allowed to operate are St. Louis and Kansas City.  Which should make it obvious to whom these charters are supposed to appeal.  When the St. Louis City Police Officers Association, which is a voluntary quasi-union of city cops, membership is 85% white, wanted to get a police career oriented charter school started, the state board of education told them no, and it wouldn’t have mattered anyway because they couldn’t find a sponsor.

  • Jay1


    1.  Why is the presence of white kids the ONLY marker for ‘diersity’?  If a school is part black AND/OR Asian or Latino (of so many types) why is that not a ‘diverse ‘school? 

    2.  So many charters are in the inner cities and all black or latino areas.  Why would anyone expect there to be any white kids there at all?  Why is this article making it sound like some insidious plot of white racists is causing this phenomenon they speak of?

    3.  Has anyone else noticed that the same people who boost charter schools are usually white ‘social justice’ advocates?  So why don’t they send their kids to those school?

    4.  If the majority of students in our dying nation are now non-white, doesn’t it follow that increasingly there will be more and more schools with few to no whites in them anyway?

    5.  South Africa is our future – then Zimbabwe.  Anyone else see that far ahead?

  • sbuffalonative

    The expansion of charter schools has led to classrooms being more segregated today than they were 30 years ago
    43 percent of black charter school students attend schools that are 99 percent minority
    Blacks are setting up their own segregated charter schools for themselves because they believe (but won’t say explicitly) that the dream of  integrated schools has been a failure. 
    I would like to see this trend continue but I have my doubts. Here in Buffalo, there have been a number of attempts to create black charter schools. They have had dismal results and the state has shut them down.

  • Ross, Agreed. The only ones that align with blacks are libs. That will always be a constant. No other group can stand them, not even black Hispanics lol (e.g. Dominicans). Must be because every single racial and/or ethnic group on this planet is racist. Must be. Yup.

  • The only ones getting attacked are anyone who isn’t black. Read the news in the schools around the country. It’s all black vs Hispanic, with some black attacks on Whites or Asians. There’s blacks and libs, and then there’s humans.