As you read on, keep these facts in mind:
• The 2015 Kids Count report found that children living in poverty jumped from 18% to 22% between 2008 and 2013.
• According to the 2013 U.S. Census Bureau, the child poverty rate among African-Americans was 39%.
• In 2103, 48% of African-American children and 37% of Latino children had no parent working a full-time, year-round job.
• The Economic Policy Institute finds that, by age of 14, 25% of African-American children have had a parent-typically a dad-imprisoned; on any given day, 10% of them have had a parent in jail or prison, and that's 4 times more than in 1980.
Now on to the charter vs. traditional public school controversy...
By the 1960s and 70s, innovative schools were opening in such cities as Philadelphia and Chicago. Then in 1988, Albert Shanker, as president of the American Federation of Teachers, spoke about the meagre 20% of virginia beach preschools of students benefitting from a traditional public education. His solution: charter schools, "where teachers would be given the opportunity to draw upon their expertise to create high-performing educational laboratories from which the traditional public schools could learn."