|8-31-17 Education in the News|
Philadelphia Inquirer--Are charter schools contributing to segregation? What New Jersey can tell us
The Red Bank Charter School is one of several New Jersey charter schools that have been accused of having a “segregative effect” on their school districts.
The Red Bank Charter School, one of New Jersey’s longest-running, occupies an old home joined with a former elementary school building. Its brightly decorated classrooms are filled with a mix of faces: white, Hispanic, and black students, dressed in navy blue and khaki.
“What makes the school special is, we are integrated. That’s hard to do,” said Meredith Pennotti, the charter school’s principal.
Critics see it differently. By competing for students in Red Bank, the charter school has been accused of contributing to segregation of the Monmouth County borough’s traditional public schools, where 82 percent of students in the same grades are Hispanic, compared with 44 percent in the charter.
MADDIE HANNA / Staff| Updated: August 31, 2017 — 3:01 AM EDT
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