Parents, teachers, and school administrators learned about “School Options for African American Families” with guest speaker Dr. Howard Fuller, co-founder of the Black Alliance for Educational Options, at an event held last Saturday at Claremont Middle School in Oakland.
“I want the whole system to change, but I have a moral obligation to save as many children as I can,” said Dr. Fuller.
“When it comes to choosing private schools, public schools and charter schools, the whole menu should be opened up to poor people,” he said. “The question is, are we trying to make a statement or educate our kids?”
Dr. Fuller is a civil rights and education leader who focuses on helping African American students living in poverty.
Hosted by the Oakland Alliance of Black Educators and Great Oakland Public Schools Leadership Center, the event also featured presentations on student performance and academic achievement gaps. The presenters were Lazear Elementary School Principal Kareem Weaver and Dr. Clifford Thompson.
In 2012, the portion of African American students testing proficient in reading in Oakland’s public schools fell from 32 percent to 27 percent. About 13,500 African American students, roughly 30 percent, attend district schools.