Education Week’s Lisa Stark recently reported on reactions to the NAACP’s charter school moratorium for the PBS NewsHour. That report described the divide between the NAACP and members of the black community: while the civil rights organization feels that charter schools lack accountability and transparency and should be limited, many African-American parents view these schools as an important alternative to the failing traditional schools in their communities.
Two new exclusive videos dive deeper into this complex issue:
In this Verse Q&A video, Stark speaks to NAACP President Cornell William Brooks about charter school concerns, educational equity, school choice, and more.
Sarah Carpenter, a Memphis education activist, takes the opposing view. Claiming that charters are “great schools doing great work,” this outspoken grandmother has protested against the NAACP’s moratorium. Watch her story below.
A version of this news article first appeared in the On Air: A Video Blog blog.