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3 Replies to “Charter Parents”
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Undoubtedly, some charter parents make their decisions on the substantive grounds seen here, but some research indicates that school racial composition factors heavily into school selection and that many schools will play to these biases in their marketing.
I thought part 2
was more of interest to folks visiting eduwonk.
Per comment above: you’re off base. Most Boston parents choose between charter schools that are predominantly black and Hispanic, or pilot schools that are predominantly black and Hispanic, or traditional schools that are predominantly black and Hispanic.
As a group, Boston charter kids are 65% Af-Am and about 15% Hispanic. District kids are 45% Af-Am and about 35% Hispanic.
The intersection of race and school quality is more of a factor in driving white parents out of Boston. In 1970s, BPS had about 60,000 white students. Now it’s about 8,000.
Most of the people served either by BPS or Boston charters are low-income families who can’t afford to move.