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Minnesota Charter Schools Lack Diversity St. Paul, Minnesota Facing Charter School Issues Charter schools in Minnesota were first started mostly to improve student outcomes in disadvantaged locations across the state. Therefore it developed that they enroll a majority of low-income children of color. In the Twin Cities of Minneapolis–Saint Paul a different trend has been observed. Many white children, whose parents are fleeing urban blight, are starting charters in the suburbs. These schools therefore are predominantly white. According to a report based on a survey taken by the Institute of Metropolitan Opportunity at the University of Minnesota Law School, these charters grew by 40 percent over the past five years. The report states that the schools are feeding “white flight” from diverse, traditional suburban public schools in such cities as Bloomington and Eden Prairie. At issue here is whether there should be the goal of getting a diverse student body sitting at their classroom tables together, or if this new segregation is a positive, or neutral, turn of events. The choice seems to be, “Is it better to have segregated schools if student academic performance is improved overall, or is it better to make diversity a positive goal to achieve in itself?” Can, and should, charter schools be forced to maintain a certain level of racial mix within their walls and sitting at their classroom desks? Many people believe that classroom diversity is a value worth pursuing. Since the world we live in is one of diversity, our children should be exposed to this from...
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A Modern Approach to Public Schools There is a misconception that charter schools are private schools, but this is incorrect. One way Charter Schools Can Take Their Students Soaring to describe charter schools is as independent public schools which are freer than regular public schools to use innovative educational methods and are also subjected to a higher standard of achievement for their students. Although the classroom furniture may be the same, the relationship between parents, teachers and students is more intense and involved. All three components of the charter school system are held accountable for their contribution to students’ success. Charter schools were created to improve the quality of education in the country’s school system. Although they are definitely independent of the local school district they still meet the following criteria of public schools: • No tuition is charged and the school is open to all who wish to attend • There is no discrimination on any basis; charter schools are entirely non-sectarian • Funds to run charter schools are derived from tax money based on enrollment, just like all other public schools • The must meet the state and federal standards for academic standards What are some of the ways charter schools are actually different than ordinary public schools? • Charter schools often have a longer school day. It is up to each charter school to decide if, in order to boost student performance, they want to have evening hours, school on weekends, or extra classroom time during the summer months. • A charter is...

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