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U.S. charter schools put growing numbers in racial isolation

Jamain Lee, 13, sits in class at Milwaukee Math and Science Academy, a charter school in Milwaukee. Charter schools are among the nation’s most segregated, an Associated Press analysis finds – an outcome at odds, critics say, with their goal of offering a better alternative to failing traditional public schools.
K-4 students Devon Daniels, left, and Charlie Webb talk to teacher Dana Chrzanowski at Milwaukee Math and Science Academy, a charter school in Milwaukee. Charters are vastly over-represented among schools where minorities study in the most extreme racial isolation, according to an analysis of enrollment data nationwide by The Associated Press. As of school year 2014-2015, more than 1 in 7 charter schools had minority enrollment of at least 99 percent, and the number has been rising steadily.
Children take part in gym class at Milwaukee Math and Science Academy, a charter school in Milwaukee. Charter schools are among the nation’s most segregated, an Associated Press analysis finds - an outcome at odds, critics say, with their goal of offering a better alternative to failing traditional public schools. Enrollment data shows charters are vastly over-represented among schools where minorities study in the most extreme racial isolation.
Jamain Lee, center, looks at classmate Andre’veon Mosby at Milwaukee Math and Science Academy, a charter school in Milwaukee. Next to him is classmate Dreamnoel Haynes, with Brianca Williams facing them. Lee has seen his grades improve since he enrolled two years ago from a school where he was bullied and frequently got into fights.
Jamain Lee, left, listens to a teacher at Milwaukee Math and Science Academy, a charter school in Milwaukee. Enrollment data shows charters are vastly over-represented among schools where minorities study in the most extreme racial isolation. As of school year 2014-2015, more than 1 in 7 charter schools had minority enrollment of at least 99 percent, and the number has been rising steadily.
First-graders listen to teacher Dwane Davis at Milwaukee Math and Science Academy, a charter school in Milwaukee. Charter schools are among the nation’s most segregated, an Associated Press analysis finds – an outcome at odds, critics say, with their goal of offering a better alternative to failing traditional public schools.
Seventh-grader Eleazar Perez shows a picture he drew of his family as part of his school work at Bruce-Guadalupe Community School in Milwaukee. Charters are over-represented among schools where minorities make up the vast majority of the student body, according to an analysis of enrollment data nationwide by The Associated Press. Bruce-Guadalupe is 97 percent Latino.
Principal Alper Akyurek talks about his charter school, Milwaukee Math and Science Academy, in Milwaukee. Charters are over-represented among schools where minorities make up the vast majority of the student body, according to an analysis of enrollment data nationwide by The Associated Press. At the Milwaukee Math and Science Academy, more than 98 percent of the 335 students are African-American and nearly all qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. Less than 20 percent of students score at state proficiency levels for reading and less than 25 percent do so for math. Akyurek acknowledges that the school has significant room to improve test scores, but so too do the neighborhood schools his students would be attending otherwise.
Monica Perez, left, and her mom, Araseli Perez, talk about Bruce-Guadalupe Community School in Milwaukee. Charters are over-represented among schools where minorities make up the vast majority of the student body in the city, according to an analysis of enrollment data nationwide by The Associated Press. Araseli Perez, a child of Mexican immigrants, sent her three children to Bruce-Guadalupe because she attended Milwaukee Public Schools and she wanted something different for her children. The schools in her family’s neighborhood are more diverse racially, but she said race was not a factor in her decision to enroll her children at the charter school five miles away. After attending Bruce-Guadalupe, Monica went on to a private school and then college before becoming a teacher’s assistant.
Students learn about searching for books and keeping track of what they’ve read in the library at Bruce-Guadalupe Community School, a charter school in Milwaukee. Charters are over-represented among schools where minorities make up the vast majority of the student body, according to an analysis of enrollment data nationwide by The Associated Press. Bruce-Guadalupe is 97 percent Latino.

U.S. charter schools put growing numbers in racial isolation

Jamain Lee, 13, sits in class at Milwaukee Math and Science Academy, a charter school in Milwaukee. Charter schools are among the nation’s most segregated, an Associated Press analysis finds – an outcome at odds, critics say, with their goal of offering a better alternative to failing traditional public schools.
K-4 students Devon Daniels, left, and Charlie Webb talk to teacher Dana Chrzanowski at Milwaukee Math and Science Academy, a charter school in Milwaukee. Charters are vastly over-represented among schools where minorities study in the most extreme racial isolation, according to an analysis of enrollment data nationwide by The Associated Press. As of school year 2014-2015, more than 1 in 7 charter schools had minority enrollment of at least 99 percent, and the number has been rising steadily.
Children take part in gym class at Milwaukee Math and Science Academy, a charter school in Milwaukee. Charter schools are among the nation’s most segregated, an Associated Press analysis finds - an outcome at odds, critics say, with their goal of offering a better alternative to failing traditional public schools. Enrollment data shows charters are vastly over-represented among schools where minorities study in the most extreme racial isolation.
Jamain Lee, center, looks at classmate Andre’veon Mosby at Milwaukee Math and Science Academy, a charter school in Milwaukee. Next to him is classmate Dreamnoel Haynes, with Brianca Williams facing them. Lee has seen his grades improve since he enrolled two years ago from a school where he was bullied and frequently got into fights.
Jamain Lee, left, listens to a teacher at Milwaukee Math and Science Academy, a charter school in Milwaukee. Enrollment data shows charters are vastly over-represented among schools where minorities study in the most extreme racial isolation. As of school year 2014-2015, more than 1 in 7 charter schools had minority enrollment of at least 99 percent, and the number has been rising steadily.
First-graders listen to teacher Dwane Davis at Milwaukee Math and Science Academy, a charter school in Milwaukee. Charter schools are among the nation’s most segregated, an Associated Press analysis finds – an outcome at odds, critics say, with their goal of offering a better alternative to failing traditional public schools.
Seventh-grader Eleazar Perez shows a picture he drew of his family as part of his school work at Bruce-Guadalupe Community School in Milwaukee. Charters are over-represented among schools where minorities make up the vast majority of the student body, according to an analysis of enrollment data nationwide by The Associated Press. Bruce-Guadalupe is 97 percent Latino.
Principal Alper Akyurek talks about his charter school, Milwaukee Math and Science Academy, in Milwaukee. Charters are over-represented among schools where minorities make up the vast majority of the student body, according to an analysis of enrollment data nationwide by The Associated Press. At the Milwaukee Math and Science Academy, more than 98 percent of the 335 students are African-American and nearly all qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. Less than 20 percent of students score at state proficiency levels for reading and less than 25 percent do so for math. Akyurek acknowledges that the school has significant room to improve test scores, but so too do the neighborhood schools his students would be attending otherwise.
Monica Perez, left, and her mom, Araseli Perez, talk about Bruce-Guadalupe Community School in Milwaukee. Charters are over-represented among schools where minorities make up the vast majority of the student body in the city, according to an analysis of enrollment data nationwide by The Associated Press. Araseli Perez, a child of Mexican immigrants, sent her three children to Bruce-Guadalupe because she attended Milwaukee Public Schools and she wanted something different for her children. The schools in her family’s neighborhood are more diverse racially, but she said race was not a factor in her decision to enroll her children at the charter school five miles away. After attending Bruce-Guadalupe, Monica went on to a private school and then college before becoming a teacher’s assistant.
Students learn about searching for books and keeping track of what they’ve read in the library at Bruce-Guadalupe Community School, a charter school in Milwaukee. Charters are over-represented among schools where minorities make up the vast majority of the student body, according to an analysis of enrollment data nationwide by The Associated Press. Bruce-Guadalupe is 97 percent Latino.
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