It’s really annoying when facts screw up a good rant, isn’t it? One argument persistently used against charter schools by critics on this blog is that they foster segregation and inequity. Well, take a look at these numbers culled by Nancy Mitchell from Denver Public Schools’ latest October count data:
DPS district vs. charter demographics, 2010
- FRL - All district schools have a combined FRL rate of 73 percent compared to 74 percent for all charters.
- Minority - All district schools have a combined minority rate of 81 percent compared to 81 percent for all charters.
- ELL - All district schools have a combined ELL rate of 26 percent compared to 27 percent for all charters.
- SPED - All district schools have a combined SPED rate of 11 percent compared to 11 percent for all charters. However, only one charter to date is serving students with severe special needs.
Perhaps the questions we all should be asking aren’t about charters vs. traditional district schools, but rather why middle- and upper-income families continue to avoid DPS — including charters — in droves?
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