Charter students are mostly poor, minority

The number of charter schools nationwide grew by 11 percent in 2006, serving a student body that is on average 53 percent minority and 54 percent low-income, according to the 2007 survey by the Center for Education Reform. Enrollment grew by 7.4 percent. More than four in ten charter schools served a student body composed of 60 percent or more “at risk” and/or minority students. Nationwide, 3,940 charter schools are in operation this year with more than 1.1 million students.

According to federal stats, 43 percent of all public school students are minorities. I’d give you low-income but I’ve got to catch a plane. Yes, I’m heading home from Boston. I’ve crossed furniture mover off my list of second careers.

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