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African American Charter Schools Proposed

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Margaret Fortune is a former education advisor to the Schwarzenegger Administration. She's leading the push to open 10 new charter schools.   

"The current system is really dramatically under serving African-American students."  

Fortune says those students are performing about 25-points behind other groups in Math and English Language Arts.

Critics say catering to certain ethnic groups is not a proven way to close achievement gaps. Linda Tuttle is president of the Sacramento City Teachers Association.  

"Public education has been the great equalizer and it just breaks my heart that people are not interested in working within the system." 

But Fortune says the schools would be inclusive…just focused on bringing up the scores of the county's lowest performing students.

"Which is why we've focused in on the African American students but certainly the school is open to everyone."

A community meeting on the plan will be held tonight at 6 o'clock at the Citrus Heights Community Center.

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