Chartered Diversity

Dana Goldstein is impressed by a Rhode Island charter school's attempts at integration:

Given the charter school movement's role in shifting the education reform debate away from integration, I've long been intrigued by the Rhode Island Mayoral Academies (RIMA), a charter school management model built upon the idea that integration does matter. RIMA was founded in 2008 by Daniel McKee, the mayor of well-heeled Cumberland, RI, and Michael Magee, a former Rhode Island School of Design professor with deep ties to the national education reform movement. McKee and Magee convinced the Rhode Island legislature to pass a law allowing mayors of neighboring towns and cities to form partnerships to issue school charters; the resulting schools must be regional, accepting students by lottery from both urban and suburban districts.