Last Monday, Pioneer hosted the event “Equal Access to Excellence: Charter and District School Reform,” which was co-sponsored by the Program on Education Policy and Governance at the Harvard Kennedy School, the Center for Education Reform, the Massachusetts Charter Public School Association, SABIS®, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Families for Excellent Schools and the Black Alliance for Educational Options.
The keynote address was delivered by Cheryl Brown Henderson, whose father, the late Rev. Oliver L. Brown, was lead plaintiff in Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court case that banned segregation in public education. Cheryl is founding president of the Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence, and Research, and the owner of Brown & Associates, an educational consulting firm. She gave a powerful speech, including an appeal for more high-quality school choice options for poor and minority kids, like those offered by Massachusetts charter public schools. Please see the highlight video of Cheryl’s remarks: