Vice report takes a look at segregation in Twin Cities charter schools

Vice has found that Twin Cities charter schools have a higher rate of segregation than public schools.

The issue of segregation at Twin Cities metro charter schools has come in for scrutiny from national website Vice.

Reporter Allison McCann looked into the racial composition of metro area schools and found more than a third of public school students in the Twin Cities attend schools that are considered "segregated" – where more than 80 percent of the student body is nonwhite.

But the rate is higher among charter schools, (independent schools with more autonomy over how they operate) which around 10 percent of metro students attend. Of the 93 metro area schools that are considered "hypersegregated" with more than 95 percent nonwhite students, 63 of them are charter schools.

Mandatory desegregation laws were relaxed during the '90s in favor of voluntary integration efforts, but Vice notes that Minnesota took an unusual step of exempting charter schools from voluntary integration programs. It argues that the lack of integration is negatively impacting black and Latino students in particular.

You read the full report here.

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