Massachusetts Charter Schools & Their Feeder Districts: A Demographic Analysis

This 2004 report from The Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy compares the demographic profiles of charter schools in Massachusetts to the districts where they draw students. The study shows that the charter schools serve proportionately more African-American students than their feeder districts and proportionally fewer Hispanic, Asian, low-income, special education, and English language learning students. The differences in feeder district demographics are “more pronounced in charter schools in urban areas than in suburban and rural districts, where enrollment more closely mirrors local communities.”