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Another Shade of Brown: Hispanics and Choice in Public Education

The Hispanic community’s battle for educational freedom started well before the Brown v. Board of Education decision of 1954 through a series of court cases that helped lay the foundation of our modern public school choice movement.

Beginning in the 1990s, charter schools proved to be a popular public choice model for Hispanic families. Today, charter schools are approximately 30 percent Hispanic and educate a larger percentage of Hispanic students than traditional public schools.

Recent data, including a 2015 study, indicate that Hispanic students are making gains in charter schools. With the Hispanic student population continuing to grow—and because 84 percent of Hispanic parents support allowing parents to choose what public school they send their child to—charter schools will likely remain a popular option for Hispanic parents in the future.

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