Monday, August 10, 2009

Charters and Desegregation

I'm totally on board with the premise of Create Charter Schools That Reduce Segregation, and I wouldn't underestimate the challenge of desegregation via charters. Desegregating charters exacerbates the scaling issue, and the school models that are getting the most push and best test scores are tiny, so you'd need even more schools if you make them more diverse, serving a wider area. And their scores seem to benefit from a singular focus on high-risk students. Charters as a desegregation strategy is a long way away from the current framing and rhetoric.

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