Researchers with the Civil Rights Project, now based at UCLA, released a report today, “Choice Without Equity.” They said they found greater racial segregation in charter schools than in regular public schools.
Seven years after the Civil Rights Project first documented extensive patterns of charter school segregation, the charter sector continues to stratify students by race, class and possibly language.
The report said that in California, charters provide “havens for white re-segregation from public schools,” and that Latino students are underrepresented. Neither of those things is true in Oakland, as far as I can see.
It’s an interesting point, though, because the goal of many local charter schools seems to be to serve low-income students — which, in Oakland, typically means children who aren’t white. In fact, just think about the solution being proposed in Berkeley Unified to help the city’s lower-achieving (and largely black and Latino) high school students: a charter school just for them.
Civil Rights Project Director Gary Orfield favors magnet schools; he said today that he wants the Obama administration to stop pushing charters.
Do you agree with Orfield? Are you concerned about the racial makeup of the Bay Area’s charter schools (or its regular public schools, for that matter), or do you think the quality of those schools is a more important question?