“With school choice policies, the reality is that in the absence of a plan for diversity,school choice plans, for many reasons, tend to increase stratification by race and poverty and undermine diverse neighborhoods. If communities and state and local policy makers follow a set of civil rights policies in their choice systems, including charter schools, the outcome can be very different. The key steps are very good and accessible information to all groups of parents,genuinely valuable educational options, no screening or testing for entrance to choice schoolsfree transportation so that choice is not limited by family income, and a plan for lasting and well-supported diversity.”

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