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Document Number: 5690

Charter Schools and Race: A Lost Opportunity for Integrated Education - This report examines charter schools’ impact on desegregation, finding that African American students enroll in disproportionately high numbers and attend minority-dominated schools at much higher rates than in noncharter public schools. The authors argue charter schools have the potential to create integrated schools, and efforts should be made to improve the racial balance. Recommendations include supplying full information to all families, providing free transportation for students and eliminating admissions screening. The authors list charter school desegregation legislation for a number of states, along with charter school enrollment figures starting on page 22. Page 33 contains a chart illustrating white isolation and exposure to African American students in select states. (Erica Frankenberg and Chungmei Lee, The Civil Rights Project at Harvard University, July 2003)...

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Choice of Schools--Charter Schools
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