As charter schools expand, are children getting the short end of the stick?

Last week, we reported on a new study released by UCLA that found that American schools are being quietly re-segregated, partly due to the rapid expansion of charter schools.

In Georgia, a coalition of for-profit education companies is pushing for a new ballot amendment that would let the state expand these segregation-friendly charter schools over the objection of local school boards.

Now, a coalition of civil rights groups in the state has come together to oppose the ballot amendment:

Black lawmakers, civil rights groups and several associations of educators have formed a coalition against a proposed constitutional amendment on charterAi??schools.

The amendment would allow a new state body to select private operators to run taxpayer financed schools. Backed by Gov. Nathan Deal, the measure is on the Nov. 6Ai??ballot.

The opposition coalition announced Tuesday includes associations of teachers, parents, superintendents and local school board members, along with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the NAACPAi??and other civil rightsAi??organizations.

This coalition of groups represent a significant challenge to the prevailing wisdom that the rapid expansion of poorly regulated and untested charter schools are essential to closing the racial education gap.