A bad ban doesn’t make for a racist school

Mya Cook (left) and her sister Deanna attend Mystic Valley Regional Charter School.

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Throwing around the r-word seems like a stretch when Mystic Valley Regional Charter School has impressive academic success for its students of color.


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