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The Local Charter School and its Community

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The Local Charter School and its Community

While many charter schools tend to be magnet schools, drawing a select demographic of students from a wide area, a new trend is emerging in the charter school movement. Local charter schools in some communities resemble school from generations ago. With no busing and in less-than-affluent areas, these charter schools have positioned themselves as a force for community change as well as the education of their students.

Charter schools in New Orleans, Harlem and South Central Los Angeles are offering structured education for students and parents who are weary of the continuing ineffectiveness of traditional public schools in the same neighborhoods. Longer school hours, mentors from local colleges and a disciplined learning environment make these schools attractive to parents and guardians. Communities around these local charter schools are realizing changes in the general tenor of the area in which they are located.

   

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