In perusing some supplementary data for the article below I stumbled over the makeup of charters in the most comprehensive Charter Study undertaken in America. It’s done by CREDO, an educational data cruncher headquartered out of Stanford University.
But the data itself was amazing as well. It shows the racial makeup of charter schools used by this study, ranked by states…
I should note that not all states are discriminatory. The ones you would expect to be most equal, are… Pennsylvania with 40.3% chartered whites and 46.8% chartered blacks, along with Rhode Island with 23.9% Chartered Whites and 20.1% Chartered Blacks, represent well the high tolerance levels of each of their state’s founding fathers….
What was more interesting were the two trends one quickly grasps as one runs down through this list….
Sometimes charters are used to cull whites out of black public schools…. and sometimes charters are used to keep blacks out of white public schools. The net result is that by averages alone across the entire spectrum, discrimination does not show its ugly face…
But up close and personal, one sees single state results like these…….
District of Columbia
Then the mirror opposites…..
Where whites are being culled from the public school system…
Interesting trends were in states supposedly known for their tolerance of many cultures, their charter movements appear by the above results, to cater to the whites wising to flee multiculturalism in public schools… and in states well known for the prejudicial attitudes towards minorities, charters are used to keep blacks away: Shoo, shoo, go to THAT school. Separate but equal.
(Of course some states in this study have only 2% of their population as black, so low numbers are respective of their populations.)
But reflecting the growing influence of immigrants particularly those from American nations more southern than our own. here are some noteworthy surprises.\
Regardless of the quirks in data, one of the biggest tools required to foster the breakdown of racial prejudices between all segments of society is the intermingling of its children before they develop those prejudices held by their parents.
Obviously charters are taking us backwards from that ideal..