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ERIC Number: EJ978461
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun-6
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Studies Spotlight Charter Schools Aimed at Diversity
Zubrzycki, Jaclyn
Education Week, v31 n33 p1, 18-19 Jun 2012
Nearly six decades after "Brown" v. "Board of Education," the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that ushered in an era of efforts to integrate public schools, charter school advocates and researchers are shining a light on a number of those independent public schools that are integrated by design. Two new reports--one from the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools, another from the Century Foundation and the Poverty & Race Research Action Council--examine charter schools that have racially and socioeconomically diverse enrollments as part of their school missions. Researchers and advocates say that there is increasing demand for such schools, but that national educational priorities and policies are not necessarily stacked in their favor. Charters have always had the potential to be incredibly diverse schools. They're not bound to residential patterns, which means that their student populations need not reflect the less diverse neighborhoods where they might be located. But research from the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles, at the University of California, Los Angeles, indicates that many charter schools are more racially segregated than regular public schools, many of which have also become less diverse in recent decades.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Brown v Board of Education