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Why an Intentionally Diverse School Model Matters

Michael DeMatteo, Chief Operations Officer for Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy in Rhode Island and founding member of the National Coalition of Diverse Charter Schools Governing Board, has written a piece highlighting what can happen when a school is intentional about creating a diverse place for kids to learn together.
First, the results highlight a fact largely ignored since the late 1980’s – concentrated poverty  affects student outcomes. This is evident when comparing BVP’s scholars with peers from their traditional sending districts that sort kids by race and class. People typically ignore this because it is simpler to point to an individual kid’s family circumstances or an individual school rather than talk about the fact that our society is highly segregated by means. Second, but more importantly, these results prove that all kids can learn and be academically successful, regardless of zip code.

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