It’s been said that “education is the civil rights issue of our time,” and many parents agree wholeheartedly. That’s why so many of them have sought out charter schools in order to ensure their children receive the quality education that they need and deserve. A groundbreaking lawsuit last year found that, indeed, the civil rights of low-income students and students of color were being violated by the traditional public education system in California. A forum earlier this month in Sacramento offered a chance to learn more about the Vergara case, named after one of the student plaintiffs, along with other policy issues that impact how much students learn in the classroom. Nine charter school parents, plus a charter teacher, a faith leader and several community members who support charter schools, attended the forum. Representatives from a number of local schools, as well as advocacy organizations like Education Trust-West, attended as well. It was a powerful event that brought people together for sharing and learning, with the goal of removing the obstacles that prevent historically under-served students from getting the great education they deserve.
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