There is a battle going on in the Black Community. The NAACP and The Movement for Black Lives, a group of 50 organizations assembled by Black Lives Matter, have called for a moratorium on new Charter Schools declaring they promote segregation and disrupt black communities.
But the Black Alliance for Educational Options, a pro-choice organization, and leading school reformers reject that charge. But more important is the desire for School Choice by an overwhelming 72% of African American parents in a comprehensive national survey conducted in 2015 for “The New Orleans Charter School Revolution-Ten Years After Katrina.”That program also aired on TV One.
Leading advocates from both sides came to the same venue to argue the positions in front of an audience of African American parents and children. Advocates for School Choice confirmed for the show include Dr. Steve Perry, Principal of Capital Preparatory Magnet School; Dr. Ramona Edelin, former Director, DC Association of Charter Public Schools and Russlyn Ali, former Assistant Sec. for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. On the other side, the program will feature Cornell Brooks, President of the NAACP; Fred Ingram, Exec VP of Florida Education Association and Troy LaRaviere, the former Principal at the number-one rated neighborhood school in Chicago.
These passionate and committed leaders have shown no reluctance to pull their punches so we expect a lively discussion, to say the least.
All that and more in this edition of The Roland Martin Show.