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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-30-12 04:35 PM
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Chicago Teachers Union: School closings, charter schools used to resegregate district.
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Edited on Fri Nov-30-12 04:51 PM by madfloridian
Chicago Teachers Union: School district causing segregation with closings and charter schools.

The Chicago Teachers Union released a report Friday accusing public schools officials of boosting charter schools, at the expense of African-American public school students.

.."The union report, titled "The Black and White of Education in Chicago's Public Schools," says that CPS under-utilizes schools on purpose, in order to create more opportunities for privately run charter schools.

The report goes on to say that school closings disproportionately hurt African-American students, creating segregation and "educational apartheid."

According to the report, over 80 percent of schools affected by closings had a student body that was overwhelmingly made up by people of color.

Glad to see them speaking out on this. Good for the CTU.

The Orlando Sentinel last year wrote about this same problem going on in Florida.

Orlando Sentinel. Florida charter schools are causing resegregation by race and ethnicity.

Segregation is making a comeback in Florida's public schools with the new wave of charter schools springing up across the state.

One out of eight charter schools has a student body with 90 percent or more of a single race or ethnicity, an Orlando Sentinel analysis of the state's 456 taxpayer-financed charters shows. That compares with one out of 12 traditional public schools.

Those top heavy charters are adding to the list of out-of-balance public schools that have perplexed educators since integration 40 years ago. Educators have worked for decades to reduce the imbalance through rezoning, school-transfer options, magnet schools and other devices to shift students and make schools more diverse.

But the charter trend is toward segregation, and more of the charters with skewed enrollments may be on the way. Charter supporters say they have the best intentions and are following state law. Besides, they argue, students are not being forced to attend schools favoring one race or ethnicity. Parents make that choice, they say.

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