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.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

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.

Next Up

Kyle Rudolph

Rudolph sends farewell to Vikings fans in Players Tribune piece

"Every season I played here, every game I played here — you all believed."

Megan Ryan

Star Tribune's Megan Ryan named new Twins beat reporter

Ryan replaces LaVelle E. Neal who is now in a columnist role.

minnetonka MME

Minnetonka in spotlight after teacher threatened for discussing Black trans woman

Parents and community members are calling on the district to do better and will hold a march prior to the school board meeting on Thursday.

Richard Pitino

Talk grows that this season will be Pitino's last at Gophers

A report says Pitino's tenure could be "down to his final games."

Screen Shot 2021-03-02 at 1.40.17 PM

Two gas trucks collide in Stearns County, neither explodes

The unlikely collision happened Monday afternoon.

unnamed (1)

MSP Airport expecting spring break to be busiest period since pandemic began

Passenger numbers will still be about a third lower than a year ago, though.

Target store

After bumper earnings, Target will accelerate new store openings

The retailer has revealed its plans for the next few years, which includes an investment in Minneapolis.

starbucks wayzata

100% plant-based restaurant coming to Wayzata this spring

The restaurant has plans to add additional locations in Minnesota this summer and franchise nationwide.

Patric Richardson

'Laundry Evangelist' from St. Paul gets his own Discovery+ show

Patric Richardson has built a career around the appreciation and care of clothing.

Related

Charter school advocates to mark 20th anniversary in Minneapolis

Nearly 4,000 charter school officials are expected to gather in Minneapolis this week to discuss the progress of the national movement -- which began 20 years ago when the nation's first charter school opened in St. Paul. Enrollment at charter schools in Minnesota has surged in the last decade, but the effectiveness is still being debated. MPR reports a new University of Minnesota study found students at Twin Cities area charter schools scored lower on math and reading tests than counterparts at traditional schools.

Case of tuberculosis is confirmed at a Twin Cities high school

The infected individual was in the school for more than two months while contagious.

Enrollment at Minnesota charter schools quadruples in past decade

A new report from the St. Paul-based Center for School Change found enrollment in Minnesota charter schools has grown to just under 40,000 students. Meanwhile, enrollment at traditional public schools fell five percent in the same time period. Minnesota's first charter school opened 20 years ago in St. Paul.

Courts, not lawmakers, will decide if MN has been segregating students

The significant Minnesota Supreme Court ruling was announced on Wednesday.

By calling a snow day early, Twin Cities schools keen to avoid making same mistake twice

"Better safe, than sorry" should be the new motto of Twin Cities schools.

Minnesota identifies 47 struggling schools in need of urgent help

A new system for measuring school success has been introduced.