School of Education
Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)
Charter Schools, Segregation, School Choice, Social Inequality
Berry, Billie Wright, "The Impact of Racial Segregation on School Performance in Charter Schools" (2020). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2522.
Now in existence for over two decades, charter schools have become a divisive issue in American public education. Advocates contend that charters provide students and parents greater control of their education and promote innovation. School choice critics indicate that charter schools serve as a means for racial re-segregation and have led to an increase in racially homogeneous public schools. This quantitative study seeks to determine differences among the racial composition of charter schools and the racial composition of traditional public school systems in the same community to determine if charters have served as a means of “White flight” for students in traditional public schools. The study also seeks to determine if there is a statistically significant difference in school performance data including school performance grades, school growth indexes, and incoming student readiness among charter schools that serve a predominantly White student population and charter schools that serve a predominantly non-White student population.