Nearly two decades after Minnesota passed the country's first charter school law, students at the alternative schools in the Twin Cities continue to perform more poorly on average than their traditional public school peers and are more likely to be racially segregated, according to a new report from researchers at the University of Minnesota's Institute on Race and Poverty. Charter advocates say the report fails to consider such intangibles as student motivation and unique curricula, although those factors go unmeasured at traditional public schools as well.

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