A new study by scholars at the University of Texas at Austin and Rice University finds that Black students who enroll at private charter schools in Texas are more likely to drop out of school than Black students at traditional public schools.
The study found that Black students at charter schools in Austin, Dallas, and Houston had a dropout rate of 13 percent compared to a drop out rate of 4 percent for Black students in urban public schools.
Lead author Julian Vasquez Heilig, assistant professor of educational policy and planning at the University of Texas, stated, “Prior to this there were no real examinations of just how successful the charter schools have been at retaining minority students and raising their school completion rates. While some charter districts have had pretty low attrition rates, it’s clear that there are districts with as many as 50 percent of their black students leaving and 90 percent dropping out.”
The study was published in the Berkeley Review of Education.