Scoring States on Charter School Integration

Scoring States on Charter School Integration

With the freedom to design, staff, and implement school models that appeal to a wide range of families and enroll students from multiple neighborhoods, charter schools have the potential to help advance racial and socioeconomic integration in public schools — yet are not living up to that vision, a report from the Century Foundation finds. The report, Scoring States on Charter School Integration, analyzed charter school policies and enrollment trends to examine how well each state supports integration in charter schools and finds no state has implemented all ten of the policies the authors identified as supportive of integration, with state, on average, having fewer than half the policies in place. Only seven states specifically require all charter schools to provide free and reduced-price meals; fewer than half require and fund transportation for students; and thirteen states allow some charter schools to use selective admissions criteria, such as academic records or test scores. In addition, only six states require authorizers to consider the diversity of the student body and the charter school's effect on enrollment demographics in district schools as part of charter school application and renewal decisions, while only fifteen states require charter schools to provide detailed outreach plans to recruit families with diverse backgrounds. Part of TCF's project on charter schools funded by the Walton Family Foundation, the report also provides individual state profiles including key findings, recommendations, enrollment data, and policy information.

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September 13, 2017