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Julian Vasquez Heilig: Charters Are Not the Answer to Segregation and Low Quality Education

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'With the 'rapid growth of charter schools, it’s important for the public conversations about school choice to distinguish fact from rhetoric! Most peer reviewed research of national & local data on the segregation of students in charter schools over 10 years SHOWS that school choice is exacerbating existing patterns of segregation. A report by the NAACP’s Task Force on Quality Education found that one in 8 black students in the United States now attends a charter school.  Charters are more segregated, underperforming, & lack appropriate transparency and accountability to the public. As a result, in 2016, the Movement for Black Lives, the NAACP and Journey For Justice all called for a charter moratorium. This is the truth i n response to an article in New York magazine which said  that charters don't cause segregation, they help its victims.'

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)

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