The achievement gaps between Black students and their peers in public education are some of America’s most persistent challenges. And after two years of devastating learning loss caused by COVID-19 disruptions, the systemic issues facing millions of Black students have grown dramatically.
But data and experience point to a promising solution: Public charter schools, staffed by diverse teachers and administrators.
Today Mike and Dr. Michael Lomax, President and CEO of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), announced a $10 million investment to work with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to start new public charter schools in the South — where more than half of America’s Black students live — and recruit substantially more Black teachers and principals to work in them.
Mike and Dr. Lomax outlined the initiative in an op-ed published today in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.