The controversy over Key West’s charter schools rocked the school board during last week’s meeting. “How do we know this is not going to be another white-flight school?” asked longtime school board member Andy Griffiths about a new charter middle school. Some fear an exodus of white students toward charter schools will leave the district run public schools with insufficient resources and failing grades. For others, the specter of re-segregation is simply intolerable.
The numbers are telling: Key West’s Horace O’Bryant [HOB], the district run public K-8 school, has only 27% white [non-hispanic] students and 71% of its students receive free or reduced lunch while barely 3 miles away Sigsbee Charter School has 66% white [non-hispanic] students and only 2% of students qualify for subsidized lunches.
We decided to update and republish our previous investigation into the re-segregation of Key West’s schools; the tricks of the trade:
Monroe County’s Secret Roadmap to Re-segregation