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Scholar says ethnicity-targeted charter schools feel like ‘Jim Crow segregation’


In a recent interview with Bloomberg, director of the University of Minnesota Law School’s Institute on Race & Poverty Myron Orfield said that charters schools who target specific ethnic groups actually work against diversity, the article stated, according to the Huffington Post.

“It feels like the Deep South in the days of Jim Crow segregation,” Orfield told Bloomberg. “When you see an all-white school and all-black school in the same neighborhood in this day and age, it’s shocking.”

The report sites a Civil Rights Project report from the University of California, Los Angeles, which found that charter schools were more segregated than regular public schools in 2010. While, according to Bloomberg, a Minnesota charter school law report from 1988 recommended the schools remain diverse, in the 2009-2010 school year “three quarters of the Minneapolis and St. Paul region’s 127 charter schools were ‘highly segregated.'”

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