Cross Posted from MassChange
First off, let me say this: I am not an expert on education issues or on school funding issues. Rather, my thoughts on this issue are formed in the context of race relations, fairness and fostering innovation.
Here at BMG, there has been a lot of discussion about charter schools in this thread from last week and this thread from today. Pablo, a poster over at BMG, appears to be an expert in this field and knows far more about it than I. Read his stuff because he throws actual numbers around and knows what he’s talking about.
But here’s my question: if we expand charter schools, won’t the most underserved communities benefit? More bluntly: won’t black and latino children living in Boston and other cities have more educational opportunities than they otherwise would? Isn’t it racist NOT to offer those communities new and innovative educational outlets after they have been systematically ignored, denied and oppressed for a century? Don’t we want to give not just hope but real opportunity, real chances for success?