Worse, the guy who is pushing for the harshest legislation against charter schools, Kevin McCarty from Sacramento, is a member of the state’s Congressional Black Caucus. (More about him in a second.)
But wait, Tanesha, you say. I thought that in seven out of eight major school districts in California, Black charter school students are academically outperforming their peers in traditional district schools. I thought Black families were more likely to choose charter schools for their children than any other ethnic group in California. Why would representatives of the Black community want to fight against the interests of Black families?
So after I finish writing this to you, I’m headed to the airport to fly to Sacramento and talk with parents who are frustrated with the distractions, the injustices and the audacity of these people and their disregard for parent voice and choice.
I’m taking my ass halfway across the country because I’m tired of these politicians trying to limit the options of Black and Brown families in favor of their privilege.
Here’s the part where you can do something too. That guy, Rep. McCarty, who is pushing hard to limit school options for his own Black constituents, refuses to even meet with the civil rights groups who wish to educate him on the truth about charter schools in the Black community.
So we've got a letter right here that you can sign your name to and send to him now.
The point is, this is the culmination of a national attack on access to an equitable and quality education for Black and Latino students and families. Whether you’re a charter school supporter or not, I ask you to look beyond the smoke and mirrors and see that these politicians don’t care about and aren’t trying to fix education for our kids. And to keep our eyes off the prize of education liberation, they throw stupid obstacles in our way like this.
I’d like to leave you with this—I think we can all agree that Thurgood Marshall was a true freedom fighter. And while Brown v. Board caused some unintended consequences, his efforts were dedicated to ensuring Black kids have equal access to good schools.
My friend, Erika Sanzi, asked if the honorable Mr. Marshall would appreciate having his name attached to Bernie’s plan.
And my other friend, Vesia Hawkins, responded brilliantly with this tweet saying she can’t speak to what Thurgood Marshall would do.
Tanesha Peeples is driven by one question in her work—“If not me, then who?” As the former Deputy Director of Activist Development for brightbeam, Tanesha merges the worlds of communications and grassroots activism to push for change in the public education system. Her passion for community and relentless mission for justice and liberation drive her in uplifting and amplifying the voices and ...