‘I beg the governor: please do not allow yourself to become just another in a long line of powerful authority figures who have slammed the door on black children.’
California black leaders ask Gov. Newsom to expand quality public education to black children
Statement from Inland Empire Parent Union president Christina Laster. Laster and other black leaders from across the state met Wednesday, June 19, with Governor Newsom’s staff to ask the governor to oppose teachers-union-backed obstacles to charter schools.
“We’re grateful Gov. Newsom gave us this opportunity to correct the California teachers Association’s misrepresntations about public charter schools and the important role they play in the black community.
“We discussed the dismal black student data in California. Fully 80% of California’s black children can’t do math at grade level, 68% can’t read or write – and 88% of those children attend union-run public schools.
“By contrast, public charter schools have offered us and our children generational hope. Eliminating, hindering or limiting those great public school options would create hopelessness for us and our children. Hopelessness leads to self-destruction.
“Without public charter schools, California’s public education system will become again what it was for generations – and still is for most communities of color in California: a school to prison pipeline. I fear my own 8-year-old old son and grandson will become that system’s next victims if they’re forced back into failing union-run schools.
“We asked for the appeals process to remain the same and expressed the importance of allowing county and state boards to authorize charter petitions.
“I’m hopeful that the governor’s staff heard – and will act on – our pleas. I beg the governor: please do not allow yourself to become just another in a long line of powerful authority figures who have slammed the door on black children.”
—Christina Laster, MBA
- Pastor Tecoy Porter, President, National Action Network, Sacramento
- Jonathan Moseley, President, National Action Network, Los Angeles
- Cassandra Jennings, President and CEO, Greater Sacramento Urban League
- Ray King, President and CEO, San Diego Urban League
- Christina Laster, charter school grandparent, President, Inland Empire Parent Union
- Joette Spencer-Campbell, charter school grandparent