Thursday, December 6, 2018

Here’s Why Urban Communities Of Color Are Increasingly Rejecting Charter Schools

Here’s Why Urban Communities Of Color Are Increasingly Rejecting Charter Schools

Here’s Why Urban Communities Of Color Are Increasingly Rejecting Charter Schools


At a recent school board meeting in New Orleans, more than 100 parents swamped the hearing room, requiring dozens to have to stand. Many of the parents had filled out public comment cards so they would be allowed to address the board.
What most in the crowd came prepared to talk about were their concerns about recent recommendations by the superintendent to close five schools and transfer the students to other schools in the district. Their demand was for the elected board to take a more hands-on role in improving the schools instead of closing them down.
But when Ashana Bigard, a New Orleans public school parent and advocate, realized the board had altered the agenda, and limited parents’ comment time, she decided to speak out of turn.
“How is closing the schools helping our children?” she asked the board members. She pointed out that many of the children in the schools being closed are special needs students with serious, trauma-induced learning disabilities, and now these children are being uprooted and transferred to schools that lack expertise with these problems. “These children have been experimented on for too long,” she declared.
That’s when a district staff member intervened and escorted her out of the room.
A Demand for Real Democracy
Parents’ protesting a school closing is nothing new. But for parents to demand that their local board take more control of the school, and run it directly rather than closing it down, is a twist. That’s because this is New Continue reading: Here’s Why Urban Communities Of Color Are Increasingly Rejecting Charter Schools



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