Are charter schools a civil rights failure? No way, say National Journal’s Education Experts in response to the UCLA Civil Rights Project report, which complained that charters are more likely to be nearly all black than district-run public schools. The report also said Western charters are disproportionately white.
“Equity” is not the same as “integration,” says Ross Wiener, executive director of the Education and Society Program at the Aspen Institute.
The report’s blithe embrace of integration as the paramount concern is oblivious to serious inequities often found in integrated schools. And it’s dismissive of the priorities of black parents – 80% of whom told Public Agenda that raising academic achievement is their top priority for schools, compared with 8% of whom list integration and 11% who want to prioritize both.
You can’t win for trying, says Education Sector’s Kevin Carey.