Parents Fight for “Richmond Promise” to Include Charter Students

Every public school graduate in Richmond will qualify for between $1,000 and $4,000 in college tuition aid. It’s called the “Richmond Promise” and it’s a great idea, except that it excludes students who choose to attend charter schools. Charter families are deeply upset. And they’re doing something about it.

“Charter schools are being demonized,” charter mom Tana Monteiro told the West Contra Costa Times. “The kids who go to charter schools are Richmond kids, and many are poor and need that money…”

Charter school parents are coming out in full force to a series of community meetings with city officials, urging them to provide all public school students with the financial help they need to go to college. Bravo to charter supporters for speaking out and demanding equity for all kids.

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