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Why parents are choosing Black-led charter schools

Originally published in The Philadelphia Inquirer

For years, Black parents in Philadelphia have been pulling their kids out of traditional public schools and enrolling them in charters.

As of 2019, data from the Philadelphia School District show that a higher percentage of Black children are enrolled in charter schools (60.2%) than in the district’s traditional schools (48.5%).

Clearly, Black parents have made a choice. Now, educational elites with no accountability are essentially depriving them of the chance to have their say by shuttering the doors of Black-led charter schools — 85% of the charters closed by the Philadelphia School District since 2010 were led by people of color, including two schools that the district voted to close in June.

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