Charter schools serve a higher percentage of black and Hispanic students than district schools do, and while charter schools boast greater percentages of black and Hispanic principals than district schools, charter-school leaders are far less diverse than the students they serve. Only 16 percent of charter school principals are black or Hispanic. Many of the families who choose charter schools value community, and diverse leadership is a major part of catalyzing the authentic community engagement needed to support the charter-school movement’s future. To learn more, read Derrell Bradford’s article, which will appear in our forthcoming Summer 2018 issue.

—Education Next

Last updated April 23, 2018