Ethnic Segregation in Arizona Charter Schools


  • Casey D. Cobb University of New Hampshire
  • Gene V Glass Arizona State University



Charter Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnicity, Maps, Public Schools, Rural Schools, School Segregation, Urban Schools


Among the criticisms of charter schools is their potential to further stratify schools along ethnic and class lines. This study addressed whether Arizona charter schools are more ethnically segregated than traditional public schools. In 1996-97, Arizona had nearly one in four of all charter schools in the United States. The analysis involved a series of comparisons between the ethnic compositions of adjacent charter and public schools in Arizona's most populated region and its rural towns. This methodology differed from the approach of many evaluations of charter schools and ethnic stratification in that it incorporated the use of geographic maps to compare schools' ethnic make-ups. The ethnic compositions of 55 urban and 57 rural charter schools were inspected relative to their traditional public school neighbors.


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Author Biographies

Casey D. Cobb, University of New Hampshire

Casey Cobb is an Assistant Professor of Education at the University of New Hampshire where he teaches courses in research methods, assessment, statistics, and policy. He spent three years in Arizona while pursuing a Ph.D. in Education Policy at Arizona State University. His interests include education policy, school reform, and telecommunications.

Gene V Glass, Arizona State University

Gene Glass is Associate Dean for Research in the College of Education at Arizona State University. He is a Professor in the Division of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies of the College. His personal homepage is at




How to Cite

Cobb, C. D., & Glass, G. V. (1999). Ethnic Segregation in Arizona Charter Schools. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 7, 1.