School Choice Leads to Segregation – Have You Heard

It is amazing, how as more evidence is produced, that people keep pushing school choice. An overwhelming amount of evidence points towards increased segregation and lagging achievement. These are the opposite of the intended results yet some people continue down the rabbit hole.

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Still have doubts? Pay a visit to Betsy DeVos’ hometown of Holland, Michigan like I did last week…

MAY 18, 2017JENNIFER BERKSHIRE

To see for yourself how school choice leads to segregation, I recommend a visit to Betsy DeVos’ hometown of Holland, MI. Here, two decades of the policies that the Trump/DeVos education budget now wants to take national, have resulted in white flight and school closures, leaving Holland’s poor and minority students segregated in the few schools that remain open. I traveled to Holland last week for the annual Tulip Time festival, a celebration of the city’s Dutch heritage. But along with Dutch shoes and swagger, the legacy of Michigan’s now two decade-long experiment with school choice was on vivid display as well, and it wasn’t pretty.

First, some background. During the endless runup to DeVos’ confirmation hearing last year, it was the Wild West-style school choice…

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