If the goal is democratic debate about how public institutions like public schools should work for families and communities, then leading progressive voice need a fact-based come-to-your-deity about the fact that some of their assumed constituencies, black folks and people of color, disagree with the union-aligned top-down agenda prevalent in liberal politics.
Californian Dan Walters raises a good point about how the focus on holding charter schools accountable in his state have intensified recently even as the same fervor for accountability misses the entire K-12 education system. Walters …
In a time when too many families are redlined into carefully gerrymandered education deserts, those hope-killing places where middle-class “workers” drive in each day to collect paychecks from school systems only to leave miseducated, marginalized kids in their rear view mirrors as they leave at 4 pm, you choose to step away from school choice and reform.
It’s right for equity advocates to focus attention on the students deemed needier. At the same time, they shouldn’t allow their advocacy to mean other students aren’t likely to need support too.
The public generally agrees that teachers deserve better pay and more urgent attention to the decline in resources many of them face. They have every right to stand up for themselves, but when they attack charter schools and attempt to prevent families from accessing schools they want, it’s time to reconsider our support.
We’ve always heard there are hundreds of social science studies that have proven the positive effects of desegregating public schools. We haven’t heard as much about how many of those studies haven’t been relevant for decades.