Twenty-five years ago this month, Minnesota passed the country’s first charter school law. Since then, the charter sector has expanded exponentially to include dozens of states, thousands of schools, and millions of students. While the charter movement has benefited significantly from wealthy funders—which have been crucial in fueling its growth—it still faces a litany of criticisms. Among the most persistent: Charter schools have a harmful lack of diversity.
Vol. 35, Issue 34