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Educator: Diversity not a requirement of charters

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The head of an initiative to turn around Tennessee's lowest performing schools says diversity shouldn't be a requirement of charter schools.

Chris Barbic, who heads the state's Achievement School District, recently spoke at a forum at Lipscomb University.

He told WPLN-FM ( that diversity is a good goal for any public school, but shouldn't be the responsibility of charters, which are privately operated and publicly funded.

Minority and low-income students make up most of the enrollment for Nashville's 20 charter schools.

Critics fear that charter schools will expand into wealthier areas and become mostly white and affluent, effectively re-segregating the school system.

Barbic says most schools are the representation of a neighborhood and most neighborhoods are people who live together that look alike.

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