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.