Quality Choices and Greater Accountability 

This is a pretty solid USA Today article about the need for more quality choices despite the NAACP charter moratorium. The author fills a small space about the Memphis Lift rally and quotes Lift leader Sarah Carpenter. 

The article is centered around secretary of education John King who speaks against “arbitrary” caps on charter schools and in support of greater state accountability. 

“When charters perform poorly, he said, some states “fail to take action to either improve them or close them, which is the essence of the charter school compact. Charter schools were supposed to be a compact — more autonomy in exchange for greater accountability. And yet some states have not followed through on that compact.”

Additionally, Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools expressed disappointment in the NAACP’s dismissal of charter school successes with children of color over the past 25 years. 

“These families are looking for something better for their children now and shouldn’t have to wait even longer.”

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