Cross-posted with Jersey Jazzman.
There are two communities that I am watching carefully regarding the expansion of charter schools. Not because I think they are typical cases; to the contrary, I find each fascinating because they are so atypical, but are likely templates for the proliferation of school “choice” in the future.
The first is York, PA, which I’ve written about before. Peter Greene has an update, and I’ll have much more to say about this city’s struggles to save its school district soon.
The other is Hoboken, NJ. I’ve written quite a bit about the three charters in the city, and how their supporters live in denial over the rather obvious segregation that takes place within their walls.
Hoboken stands apart from the other charterized cities in New Jersey. In Newark and Camden and Paterson and other cities, children of color who are in economic disadvantage are shuffled around into different public and charter schools, eventually sorting into those who have fewer special education needs, and those who have more. Not so in Hoboken; this economically and racially diverse city is actually using charters to achieve levels of segregation usually found only when comparing urban and suburban districts. Here are some charts I’ve posted before showing the demographic disparity within Hoboken’s schools: