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Parents encourage NAACP not to pass charter school ban

Parents and students boarding the bus to Cincinnati (Source: WMC Action News 5) Parents and students boarding the bus to Cincinnati (Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A group of Memphians are going to Cincinnati, Ohio, to have their voice heard.

Organizers said more than 100 people boarded buses on their way to Ohio to protest NAACP in a fight over schools.

“Every one of these parents know why they're going to Cincinnati,” Sarah Carpenter said.

Carpenter, the director of Memphis Lift, said they are going to protest NAACP while it considers passing a nationwide moratorium on charter schools on Saturday.

This means NAACP would be taking a public stance on policy to suspend charter school activity, possibly influencing the school reform debate, according to local representatives.

“Charter schools have changed some lives in our community,” Carpenter said. “We just want what's best for our children.”

Carpenter said the focus should be on low-performing schools, regardless of the model. She is a grandmother with children in Shelby County Schools, Charter Schools, and ASD.

“That's what we chose to do; we want choice. We fight for choice for our children.”

Keith Norman, the president of NAACP Memphis chapter agrees with the parents. He said low-performing schools should be the focus.

Norman said the moratorium is slowing down the charter school activity so they can look at what’s working and not working, and measure their performance fairly.

“If the barriers are removed and equal access to opportunity is granted, that's when we have an evaluation tool that we can use to say we're on a level playing field. We're comparing apples to apples,” Norman said.

Both sides said the bottom line comes down to students getting the education they deserve.

“We fight for quality education across the board,” Carpenter said.

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