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“In many cases, school district lines are the more potent Confederate monuments that we still need to take down”

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That excellent sentence is from this fine Andre Perry piece on the connection between charter schools and continued de facto school segregation. The reality is that charter schools, private schools, and people who move to the suburbs for “better schools” that are almost always whiter schools are reinforcing what Brown v. Board of Education tried to take down. The nation’s schools never desegregated. After the government forced Little Rock to desegregate in 1957, leading to the legendary battle at Central High School, the city simply closed all its public schools the next year. Not surprisingly, the rise of often Christian private schools coincided almost precisely with the courts getting involved in desegregation. Also not surprisingly, this occurred at the same time that white people began fleeing to the suburbs. Despite such efforts as busing, schools have remained largely segregated to the present. Any fight for racial justice must also be a fight for integrated schools. Charter schools are just making this worse. This is a legacy of slavery and white supremacy, topics the white people nation hasn’t even begun to tackle seriously.

You will not be surprised that Jonathan Chait, Rheeist charter school shill and husband of a leading charter school advocate, doesn’t care about any of this and instead thinks that charter schools will solve these problems. He is wrong, as the research not developed by fellow charter school shills, consistently demonstrates.

If you want better schools, you do so by fighting poverty. If you want to fight poverty, you have to fight racism. There is no other solution. Anti-union privatizers seeking to make a buck off education certainly are no solution. And in any case, actual real life desegregation needs to be a goal that we must strive for. It’s not as if it is impossible.

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