First speaker is Richard Kahlenberg of the "Century Foundation."
He starts out by mocking the 'days of the racist tea party'.
The board includes former Obama adviser Mark Zuckerman & Ed Sec John King.
Kahlenberg says "diversity makes us smarter."
Also a 2019 report that reasserts that.
Doesn't address that despite integration, achievement has stalled.
The WCPSS board has created many magnets to draw kids in, essentially segregating them.
Says vouchers “undermine democratic values” and then attacks Fayetteville Christian school for the values the hold for student admissions.
Her talk is on how privatization and the impact on race.
She asserts that public education has “never been divorced” from “white supremacy.”
#schoolChoice was a racist reaction to Brown.
Gist is the government should be responsible for providing education options because it’s more reliable than parents choosing.
This ignores that academic achievement in this country has stagnated and declined for decades.
That’s a stretch; Violence in schools is a primary driver of why families leave.
She blames charters who are innovative for drawing affluent parents and black parents don’t want to send their kids to “hyper white schools”.”
The tone suggests lawsuits??
He’s touting his own report called “Stymied by Segregation.”
His take is “racially and economically isolated schools.”
He does not explain what he means by ‘isolated’.
It is unclear if he took into account local economy, unemployment or any other metric. In fact, he does not explain how he compiled income level info.
Says new charters skew whiter than their districts and
Charters harm students of color.
This line has been repeated by almost every speaker today.
No one...NO ONE... has addressed the real and myriad reasons why parents want choice and are leaving. They just keep repeating “white flight.”
@NCCivitas might have something to say about it.
Interestingly, the focus on opportunity scholarships has been minimal today. Why? That funding is for low income and minority families.
He’s also complained charters get public funding and has ignored charters don’t get the capital outlay and bus funds district schools get.
In NC that’s untrue and would violate state statutes.
Fact: education gets the lion’s share of the NC’s state budget and that spending has increased annual for the last five years.
He talks about experiencing segregation In Schools first hand.
In his day, 95% graduated on time. Says they had little money but outcomes were good.
This begs the question, what the heck happened?
He says white People control the schools but black people control the spirit.