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Educational Delusions?Why Choice Can Deepen Inequality and How to Make Schools Fair$
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Gary Orfield and Erica Frankenberg

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520274730

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520274730.001.0001

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A Segregating Choice?

A Segregating Choice?

An Overview of Charter School Policy, Enrollment Trends, and Segregation

(p.128) (p.129) 6 A Segregating Choice?
Educational Delusions?

Erica Frankenberg

Genevieve Siegel-Hawley

University of California Press

Charter schools are the most rapidly growing sector of schools of choice, expanding largely without regard to many of the civil rights safeguards connected with earlier types of school choice. This chapter focuses on the access to and in charter schools of students from different racial, class, and language groups. We find trends of increased segregation in charter schools and between traditional public and charter schools, as well as disturbing patterns of segregation overlapping with the absence of subsidized lunch programs and other factors that might stratify students. We describe financial, legal, and policy contexts that help explain these trends. We conclude by discussing the implications of these findings and how policies might restore civil rights considerations into this rapidly expanding sector of school choice.

Keywords:   charter schools, segregation, low—income students, charter school legislation, charter school policy

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