Charter school admission policies have resulted in the resegregation of public schools, erasing decades of progress diversifying schools in Delaware, says the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation.
In a complaint filed Dec. 3 with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights, the ACLU Delaware says the state of Delaware and the Red Clay Consolidated School District have allowed a segregated system to persist through charter school admission policies.
“When high performing charter schools (or vo-tech and magnet schools) admit a disproportionate number of higher-income white students with no disabilities, the local community public schools are left with the difficult and costly task of educating the students most challenged by poverty or special education needs,” said Kathleen MacRea, executive director of ACLU Delaware. “This system just about assures that schools in poor urban and poor rural areas will fail, and our children will suffer. The whole State of Delaware is worse off as a result.”