February 1, 2017 – The New Republic’s Graham Vyse explores how the issue of charter schools is dividing the civil rights movement. Organizations like the NAACP have called for a moratorium on charter schools until four conditions are met:
(1) Charter schools are subject to the same transparency and accountability standards as public schools
(2) Public funds are not diverted to charter schools at the expense of the public school system
(3) Charter schools cease expelling students that public schools have a duty to educate
(4) Charter schools cease to perpetuate de facto segregation of the highest performing children from those whose aspirations may be high but whose talents are not yet as obvious.
A groundbreaking Public Advocates-ACLU report which exposed straightforward discrimination in Los Angeles public schools is spotlighted in the story.