Charter schools and diversity

Rhode Island Mayoral Academies is a network of high performing charter schools in Rhode Island. They are expanding. “Board of Regents Approves Achievement First Mayoral Academy”, GoLocalProv.com, February 2, 2012.

Journalist Dana Goldstein noticed that RIMA’s original campus, Blackstone Valley Prep, is “one of the most diverse schools of any kind I have ever visited . . . . Fifty-five percent of the students are black and Latino, 65 percent are poor, and 43 percent are English language learners.” “On Charter Schools and Integration: A Case Study”, Dana Goldstein, March 23, 2011.

Unlike typical magnet schools, which are located in the inner city but have extra features designed to attract affluent suburban kids, the RIMA school is located in the suburbs. It was created by a partnership among the mayors to draws students from both low-income cities and wealthier neighborhoods.

I wonder how an approach like this — designing a charter school to promote diversity — would play out in San Antonio?

Credit: I found the link to Dana Goldstein’s post by browsing Andrew Sullivan’s excellent news blog, The Dish.

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Parent-activist and education blogger in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Helping parents make informed school choices and explore cultural activities.

2 Comments

  1. Charter Schools have been around in Texas for over 10 Years. Why do you have to go outside of Texas to find examples to justify your position? Could it be because #1 Charter schools in Rhode Island are funded with more dollars per student then those in Texas? Or #2 could it be that there have been so many failed and low performing charter schools in Texasaccording to TEA reports, that it is embarrassing to consider them as good examples?

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