Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders of Vermont has called for a moratorium on new charter schools and if he is elected president has pledged to stop charter schools from receiving public funds. Other candidates including Cory Booker of New Jersey believe that charter schools can play a role in delivering better education to youths in underserved areas.
A new study by Seth Gershenson, an associate professor in the department of public administration and policy at American University in Washington, D.C., and published by the conservative educational think tank the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, finds that Black students who attend charter schools are far more likely to have a Black teacher than Black students in traditional public schools.
Professor Gershenson found that in North Carolina, charter schools have 35 percent more Black teachers than traditional public schools. Black students in charter schools were about 50 percent more likely to have a Black teacher than their traditional public school counterparts. The author cites previous studies that show students of color perform better academically when they have a teacher of the same race or ethnic group.
The full study, Student-Teacher Race Match in Charter and Traditional Public Schools, may be downloaded by clicking here.