HARTFORD, Conn. – A new report released Wednesday by Connecticut Voices for Children concludes that children attending charter, inter-district magnet, and technical schools are more racially isolated than students attending local public schools.
The report, which some say highlights the need to address how schools are funded, concluded that a majority of magnet and technical schools are integrated with no fewer than 25 percent and no more than 75 percent minority students. On the other hand, the report found that “charter schools are hyper-segregated.” It found that about 90 percent of students who attend charters are minorities.
In Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, and Stamford charter schools are more segregated by race and ethnicity than the local public schools in all four towns based on information provided by the state Education Department. The report includes data from the 2011 and 2012 school year.
“In spite of state laws requiring charter and magnet schools to reduce racial and ethnic isolation of students, only inter-district magnet schools are typically integrated, and a majority of the state’s charter schools are highly segregated,” researchers for Connecticut Voices for Children concluded.
Why is racial integration necessary in school?