The Twin Cities International charter schools, founded by East African immigrants, and other similar Minnesota schools are attracting many immigrant families by letting them avoid cultural assimilation at traditional public schools that many see as materialistic and anti-authoritarian. At Twin Cities International, school lunches meet Muslim dietary requirements, girls can wear headscarves without teasing and aides are trained to help children who have grown up in refugee camps, but critics say such schools contribute to cultural and racial re-segregation.

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