Michelle Maltais is a black Mom and the deputy director of audience engagement of the LA Times; she currently has a very personal piece up at The Huffington Post. In the piece, she explains her decision to send her son to private school and how it is largely based on her wanting a school that will expect a lot from him, as she does. She acknowledges that as a parent there will be no do-overs and that the current public school system just won't cut it.
The fact is most students in the state are falling short of learning targets and are not on track to succeed in college. Black students have traditionally performed more poorly on these tests. They aren't expected to reach the same level of achievement as the rest of their class. That just will not do in my home.