ERIC Number: ED478058
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Arizona Charter Schools: Resegregating Public Education?
Cobb, Casey D.; Glass, Gene V.
An Arizona study examined whether charter schools contribute to the racial/ethnic segregation of students in publicly funded schools. Data included Arizona school enrollment data for 1996, 1998, and 2002; school addresses for 2002 charter schools; and other relevant information specific to charter schools, obtained from the Arizona Department of Education. The school addresses were plotted onto digital maps. This paper presents two analyses. The first tracks enrollment and demographic trends in a sample of 1996 Phoenix and Tempe charter schools and nearby public schools that was examined in an earlier study. Data indicate that racial/ethnic separation is indeed a potential consequence of at least some newly formed charter schools. It appears that charter schools can exacerbate the ethnic separation in already stratified public schools. The second analysis focuses on 2002 enrollment trends of Phoenix and Tempe charter schools. The racial/ethnic compositions of nearly 100 charter schools were compared to those of proximal public schools of the same grade level. Data indicate a new trend in high Hispanic areas of more White students and more African-American students in charter schools than in the surrounding public schools. Four appendices present digital maps of school locations in Phoenix and Tempe. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 2003)