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All Asian-American charter schools? New study shows the troubling reality ushered in by “school choice”

Public schools advocate Diane Ravitch has a new post this morning highlighting a study from Minnesota that evidences the troubling reality that comes with unfettered “school choice.” Here’s Ravitch:

Minnesota: Abundance of Choice Destabilizes Neighborhood Schools and Produces High Levels of Segregation

This story about Minnesota shows the good and the bad effects of school choice.

Betsy DeVos will read it with pleasure. She can now point to Minnesota as an exemplar of school choice, one that fulfills her goals.

Those who care about democratically controlled public schools that have civic obligations, such as diversity, will see it as a nightmare.

The charter schools of Minneapolis are highly segregated and proud of it. The most popular charter school is almost completely Asian. Other charters are almost completely black or overwhelmingly white.

Remember the Brown decision of 1954? Minnesota doesn’t.

The proliferation of charters has forced public schools to cut their budgets, their programs, their staff.

The story Ravitch refers is part of a Minneapolis Star-Tribune series entitled “Students in Flight” and it paints a sobering picture of what seems likely to happen to our public education system when it is transformed from a common good public structure that helps bind our society together into a consumer commodity that people shop for like video games or kitchen gadgets. North Carolinians should be very wary of allowing state leaders to take us further down this road.

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