There’s 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, called for a moratorium on new charter schools this month, declaring they promote segregation and disrupt Black communities.
But pro-choice organization Black Alliance for Educational Options, as well as leading school reformers, reject that charge. An overwhelming 72 percent of African-American parents prefer school choice, according to 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.
School choice simply means parents can choose the right schools for their children – whether it’s traditional public schools, charter schools, private schools, religious schools, or even the use of vouchers.
Roland Martin and a group of passionate, committed leaders in education came together for an important discussion on the issue of school choice. During their often times contentious debate, the participants in this dialogue argued their respective sides.