The NAACP made headlines last weekend when its national board officially ratified a resolution calling for a moratorium on charter schools. Leading up to the vote, more than 160 black education leaders asked the NAACP board to reconsider its position, and several major newspaper editorial boards argued against the charter freeze.
Adding to the conversation was Roland Martin, who recently hosted a panel discussion at Howard University in Washington, D.C., with black education leaders holding diverse perspectives on whether charter schools and vouchers ultimately hurt or help kids of color. Martin posed a provocative question to the panelists: Is school choice the black choice? It is for Martin, but the discussion revealed the decades-long chasm in the black community over the issue.