Today's Date: March 6, 2021
Affect Study Reveals the Significant Impact of COVID-19 on Women in the Workplace   •   Appleseed's Celebrates 75th Anniversary   •   Reliant Joins Forces With Rebuilding Together to Help Houstonians Recovering From Winter Storm Damage   •   Sartorius is a corporate partner of the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association   •   Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Canadian Coast Guard Confirm New Regions' Boundaries to Improve Services to the Arctic   •   Governor Ron Desantis Visits On Top Of The World Communities   •   Lafarge Canada Once Again Recognized as One of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers   •   Analytics Insight Names 'The 10 Most Impactful Women in Technology’ in March 2021   •   New York Women in Communications Launches #WOMENHEARD   •   Statement on Visit of Pope Francis to Iraq   •   Government of Canada COVID-19 Update for Indigenous Peoples and communities   •   New Data Show NEXTSTELLIS® Has Selective Impact On Endocrine Markers Compared With Common Combined Oral Contraceptives   •   Customers Bank Backs SBA’s Stronger Support for Sole Proprietors, Independent Contractors, Self-Employed Individuals, as w   •   Recording Academy® Partners With Berklee College of Music and Arizona State University to Conduct Study on Women's Represent   •   Bigo Live, ANTRA and The Equality Project celebrate Mardi Gras and inclusion of LGBTQIA+ communities in Australia   •   International Women’s Day: ARM & HAMMER™ Laundry Detergent Proudly Sponsors Dress for Success’ Your Hour,   •   Norwegian Cruise Line Commemorates International Women's Day With Month-Long Empowerment Program   •   Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. Announces Participation in the UBS Global Consumer and Retail Virtual Conference   •   BlogHer to celebrate International Women's Day with Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Debra Messing, Ai-jen Poo, and other changemakers ded   •   Celebrity Cruises' History-Making All-Female Bridge And Leadership Team Reunite
Bookmark and Share

Leader Of Black Alliance Blasts President Obama

 WASHINGTON  -- Calling President Obama to task for remarks he made on national television, education reform leaders will demand this weekend that the President reverse his opposition to publicly funded school vouchers and allow low-income children access to the same quality education he and his children have enjoyed. 

In an open letter to President Obama, published as a full-page advertisement in this weekend's New York TimesKevin P. Chavous, Board Chair of the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO), points to the disparity between the President's recent words and the Administration's actions regarding school choice. Speaking on NBC's Today Show September 27, President Obama said disadvantaged families without "a bunch of connections…should be getting the same quality education for their kids as anybody else." Yet earlier this year, the Administration acted to eliminate the highly successful D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, which provides vouchers to poor children so they can opt out of failing schools to attend quality alternatives. Writing on behalf of Black families and educators nationwide, Chavous suggests the contradiction is the height of hypocrisy.

"As a beneficiary of a privately funded scholarship, you attended the most elite private school in Hawaii," Chavous writes. "You and Mrs. Obama have also chosen a private school for your own children. Because there are not enough private scholarships to serve all low-income families, you more than anyone should be an advocate for government-funded opportunity scholarships nationwide."

Chavous and the Black Alliance for Educational Options are calling for President Obama to announce his support for a full reauthorization of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, as well as to embrace private school choice for low-income families nationwide.

"BAEO applauds and supports key tenets of the President's education reform platform, especially his emphasis on turning around failing schools and increasing the number of high-quality charter schools. However, his stance on parental choice is wrong.  We cannot continue to ask parents to wait and hold out hope that reforms will eventually succeed for their children," writes Chavous.  "The ability to choose a high-quality school is critically important and should be extended to all parents, regardless of income. As Dr. Martin Luther King said during the civil rights movement, we need to act with the fierce urgency of now. Our young people cannot wait. Opportunity scholarships help educate children today."

Chavous said that BAEO was motivated to purchase the national advertisement—and launch its new "Revolution in Education" campaign—when President Obama himself pointed to the uneven playing field in the District's schools. "He's talking the talk," said Chavous, "and believing he's philosophically on our side, we're strongly urging him to walk the walk."

Nationwide, approximately 200,000 children participate in 20 private school choice programs in 12 states and the District of Columbia. According to Chavous, there is room in inner-city private schools nationwide for one million additional children


STORY TAGS: BLACK , AFRICAN AMERICAN , MINORITY , CIVIL RIGHTS , DISCRIMINATION , RACISM , NAACP , URBAN LEAGUE , RACIAL EQUALITY , BIAS , EQUALITY



Back to top
| Back to home page
Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
Breaking News
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News