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(LIVE STREAM) (MA) Askwith Essentials: Charter Schools and Educational Equity
March 29, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
This event will be live-streamed beginning March 29 at 5:30 p.m.
At the Askwith Debates on Thursday, March 29, guests will share their different perspectives on the equity of charter schools and discuss how the charter school system impacts the overall education system in the United States.
Associate Professor Martin West will moderate a discussion among guest speakers Cornell William Brooks, Derek Black, Alisha Thomas Morgan, and Gerard Robinson. Before the debate, learn more about the issue, as well as the speakers’ stances on charter schools and educational equity.
The Issue: Charter Schools – Expanding Opportunity or Reinforcing Divides?
Supporters argue that charter schools provide alternative solutions to the traditional public school system, in which many schools — especially those in low-income, predominantly minority school districts — find themselves with limited resources to offer their large student populations. Opponents feel, however, that since charter schools can only serve a small segment of students, they only reinforce economic and racial segregation, and actually destabilize the communities they claim to want to help. Many critics also site charter schools’ lack of accountability and operational transparency as serious issues.