The original idea behind charter schools was that they would help the neediest, most disadvantaged students, including those who were disengaged or failing in their public schools. Some charters have been criticized for selecting the most compliant students.

One charter chain stands out for ignoring the neediest, the poorest, the most disadvantaged: Great Hearts. This charter chain was repeatedly rebuffed by the Metro Nashville school board because it insisted on locating in a neighborhood where the population was white and middle class, with no transportation for kids from out of area.

Great Hearts is proud to reach out to the advantaged students and use government money to do so. 

Unlike other charters that try to prove they are serving needy children, Great Hearts enrolls a relatively high-end demographic. In their case, cherry-picking is a feature, not a bug.