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Report: Connecticut Charter Schools are Highly Segregated

A new report on Connecticut charter school enrollment concludes that few are achieving the goal of ethnic and racial integration — even though state laws call on charter schools to reduce segregation.

The study by Connecticut Voices for Children also found that few English Language Learners are enrolled in charter schools.

According to the report, about 65 percent of charter schools have enrollments composed of more than 90 percent students of color. Most charter and magnet schools have ELL enrollments that are at least five percent lower than the local school districts where they are located.

The report did find some positive news. Magnet schools within school districts tend to be more integrated. The report defined integrated as no less than 25 percent and no more than 75 percent minority students.

“Given the nearly 50,000 students attending school choice programs and the millions of dollars the state spends on those programs above and beyond funding for local public schools, the data raise troubling questions about equal access and opportunity,” Ellen Shemitz, the group’s executive director, said in a press release.

The organization has posted an appendix of data on its website of school-level enrollment data from magnet, charter and technical schools.