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Uhurus to try again with charter school



Ten years ago, the Pinellas County School Board unanimously shot down a bid by the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement to start the Marcus Garvey charter school in St. Petersburg. Now, it appears, the Uhurus will give it another try.

Flyers circulating at last night's forum on black male grad rates say the Uhurus are holding a community meeting on Oct. 24 to organize for the school. The flyer, headlined "Keep Your Diversity We Demand Quality Education," notes the Schott Foundation's calculation of a 21 percent graduation rate for black males in Pinellas and other troubling numbers. "While these statistics prove that the school system is absolutely hostile to education Black children, we can no just sit back and wait for a miracle to save our children," it says.

Will the Uhurus have a better chance this time?

The settlement recently reached in Crowley vs. The Pinellas County School Board - a case with many ties to the Uhurus - says the district will give "full and prompt consideration" to future charter school applications that are "located in and designed to serve student needs in the black community." It also says the district will set an aspirational goal of having 500 new charter school spaces available for black students in the next five years.

[Last modified: Friday, October 8, 2010 10:58am]


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