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From a career spent in child advocacy, I’ve learned an important lesson: When you’re on the right track, opponents get desperate. This week brings another reminder that public charter schools are on the right track.

Charter schools have been a godsend for many black and brown families whose children have been shortchanged for generations. There’s proof in the numbers — the weeks of extra learning that charter school students gain over district school students each year; higher rates of college attendance and persistence.

But the most vivid evidence of their success, sadly, may be the fierce opposition charter schools provoke from people who have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. The arguments against charter schools have gotten increasingly bizarre. The latest — that charter schools are returning us to the era of Jim Crow segregation — may be among the most bizarre yet.

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