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The History Of Charter Schools, w/ author Mary C. Bounds!

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A Light Shines in Harlem: New York's First Charter School and the Movement it Led (Chicago Press:Sept.2014) by Mary C. Bounds, forward by  iconic civil and human rights icon,  Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker, co-founder of Sisulu-Walker Charter School of  Harlem.

Fifteen years after the first charter school , Sisulu-Walker ,opened in Harlem, there are now 197  charter schools serving 82,000 children--about 7.5%  of all public school students. Most charters are performing better than there district  counterparts. Students and parents  are being given a  meaningful  choice of public schools. And the whole system is benefiting from charter schools' infusion of new ideas and urgency.
New York's experiment  with charter schools is widely  regarded as a success, but issues remain. Charters still receive less per -pupil  funding than district schools.

This show is dedicated to

Charlotte Hawkins Brown

Educator Charlotte Hawkins Brown on her wedding day 1912.Founder of Palmer Memorial Institute in N.Carolina.She was a suffragist & worked for Black women to have the same rights Black men & white women were fighting for in the early 20th century.