As Robert Cotto Jr. writes about the way in which Connecticut charter school companies are pocketing public funds in his latest CTNewjunkie commentary piece entitled, Stunning Charter School take down by Robert Cotto Jr. let’s not forgot that the problems with charter schools goes far beyond greed, waste and fraud.
The REAL TRUTH about Connecticut Charter schools and racial segregation;
Forget the 1954 landmark Supreme Court case of Brown v. Board of Education that ruled that segregation in schools violated the United States Constitution.
Forget the 1996 Connecticut Supreme Court case of Sheff v. O’Neill that ruled that segregation in Connecticut schools violated Connecticut’s Constitution.
Forget that as a result of the Sheff v. O’Neill case, Connecticut taxpayers are spending hundreds of millions of dollars every year to reduce racial isolation in public schools.
The REAL TRUTH is that more than $100 million a year in scarce Connecticut funds are being handed over to charter school companies and that according to the most recent reports filed with the Connecticut State Department of Education (2012-2013), every single major charter school in Connecticut is more racially segregated than the school district they are supposed to serve.
The REAL TRUTH is that while Connecticut spends massive amount of money to fulfill its federal and state constitutional mandate of REDUCING segregation, Connecticut charter schools are using public money to actually INCREASE racial segregation in Connecticut!
Just look at the data about the charter schools in Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport and Stamford.
Using public funds, Connecticut charter schools are creating greater racial isolation – something that is nothing short of illegal and unconstitutional.
|HARTFORD||% of public school students who are non-white|
|Hartford School District||89%|
|Jumoke Academy Charter School||100%|
|Achievement First Inc. Hartford Charter School||100%|
|Bridgeport||% of public school students who are non-white|
|Bridgeport School District||91%|
|Achievement First Inc. Bridgeport Charter School||99%|
|Bridge Academy Charter School||99%|
|New Beginnings Academy Charter School||99%|
|New Haven||% of public school students who are non-white|
|New Haven School District||85%|
|Achievement First Inc. Amistad Charter School||98%|
|Achievement First Inc. Elm City Charter School||99%|
|Highville Charter School||99%|
|Stamford||% of public school students who are non-white|
|Stamford School District||66%|
|Stamford Academy Charter School||96%|
|Trail Blazers Charter School||96%|
And now Governor Dannel Malloy and the Connecticut’s charter school industry want to divert even more public money away from Connecticut’s public schools so that they can open up two more charter schools – one in Bridgeport and one in Stamford.