Using “Integration” to justify recruiting affluent families to charter schools?

Posted: January 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

In May 2011, Eric Grannis (founder of charter school developer The Tapestry Project…and husband of Eva Moskowitz) wrote an opinion piece in the New York Daily News that potentially lays out the groundwork for an oft-observed Success Academy Network tactic:  recruiting affluent/middle-class families to attend Success Charter Schools that should be targeting higher-needs families (based on location, and district needs).

To encourage diverse charter schools, the laws regarding admissions should be changed. Currently, a charter school must give preference to applicants from the school district in which it is located. But these districts seem designed to maintain segregation. For example, District 4 encompasses East Harlem, a primarily Hispanic area. Its southern boundary separates it from the primarily white upper East Side, while its western boundary separates it from the primarily African-American Central Harlem.

Instead, charters should be allowed to design admissions zones to promote integration. A school on the upper East Side, for example, should be allowed to include East Harlem in its catchment zone.

[SCSC note: And perhaps a school in Los Sures should be allowed to include ___ neighborhood in its catchment zone?]

 

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