When Bill Ayers agreed to visit New Jersey's Montclair State University--which The Blaze reported on here--he probably didn't think he'd get taken down publicly--and embarassingly--by a young black activist. But that's what happened when New Jersey's Vanessa Jean-Louis questioned Ayers about his opposition to charter schools in this stunning exchange:
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Asking for his solutions to the educational crisis that impoverished students in this country face, Jean-Louis said to Ayers,
I had parents and students crying...to make sure that their students could get into the charter schools in the district--because the charter schools were higher performing--despite the fact that the public educational expenditures were higher. I'm just trying to understand exactly what your solutions are. In the same breath you said you're anti-government, but you're also anti-privatization...I don't understand what your solutions are, specifically for the African America community.
Ayers responds, "What we need to do is invest more in the public schools."
The crowd then stunningly calls out "No--no--noooo" in unison.
"The per pupil expenditures are higher in the inner city but we're still not getting the results," she observes.
Ayers then says that "the truth about charter schools" is that they're not doing better and he cites a study from Stanford University to prove his point.
The video then cuts to the Jean-Louis explaining that that recent study from Stanford University proves that charters arebetter for minorities than their public school counterparts. Jean-Louis says, "Stanford researchers found that students in these two categories [students in poverty and english language learners] who attend charter schools routinely out-perform their traditional counter-parts in reading or math." Students in the two categories she mentions are majority African American and Hispanic.
Jean-Louis describes herself as an "Afroconservative." You can read her writings here.