Months after their call for a moratorium on charter schools was rebuked in communities across the country, the NAACP came to Los Angeles to take a deeper look at charters in California. Not surprisingly, charter school leaders and families didn’t waste the opportunity to push back.
During the NAACP’s special hearing, which is part of a national “listening tour” on charters, charter supporters jumped at the chance to share their stories about the importance of charter schools in their communities. Charter parents, students, teachers and leaders also gathered for a press conference whose speakers included Margaret Fortune, the CEO of Fortune Schools; Shirley Ford, a charter parent and co-founder of Parent Revolution; Carmen Taylor-Jones, President of the National Council of Negro Women; Danielle Lowe, a principal College Bridge Academy; and several charter students and alumni.
It was a day of passionate speeches and unity, with everyone determined to tell the true story of charter schools. Congratulations and thank you to all those who participated!