Over the past decade charter schools have evolved, creating a new image within the school system. With Charter schools continuing to expand, it shows the increase in demand for these schools by North Carolina residents. Being limited to only 100 charter schools within the state in 2011, this has now been lifted, allowing for the addition of more schools. With intentions of adding 17 new charter schools to the system next year, it allows more students to experience all of the advantages of charter schools compared to other institutions. This being said, there have been allegations saying that Charter Schools have limited diversity, being the main reason why more white people attend these schools. Contradictions to this have also been made by the Head of Parents for Educational Freedom saying “that black students make up a higher percentage of the charter school population than in the regular public schools.” This then leads to the discussion of whether or not there actually is culture diversity within these schools.
From my own experience, the Charter School that I attended was predominately white, but that’s not because the school intended on it being that way. Since Charter Schools are lottery based, it solely depends on what percent of each ethnicity is placed into the lottery, and which names get lucky and are drawn in order to attend the school. Increasing the amount of Charter Schools across North Carolina allows for more opportunities for students to be at a school that they want to be at instead of one they are placed in according to districting. Opening more Charter Schools could be the start to a revelation within the school system.
Would you consider going to one of these new Charter Schools if you or your child had the opportunity? Think about it!
I know you want to learn more, but until next time,