Charter schools finding niches

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Michiganders are welcoming a first-in-the-nation — a public charter school that trains high-schoolers for careers in the aviation industry.

And youths in the Harlem neighborhood in New York City are being instructed on the importance of civic responsibility and leadership at Democracy Preparatory Charter School.

Whether these schools produce the next Sarah Palin or Benjamin O. Davis Jr., commander of the World War II Tuskegee Airmen,won’t be known for years to come, but they definitely reflect the latest trend in the 20-year-old charter-school movement: specialization.

While many of the first-generation charter schools mimicked their public counterparts in structure and scope, many of the second-generation schools are tailor-made, according to subject matter or populations or moral goals.

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