Palmer sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan late last month requesting an investigation of "repressive measures" directed at certain of Philadelphia's 74 charter schools.
This Philadelphia School District-vs.-Palmer School clash comes at a time of renewed national attention on the topic of reforming public education, particularly with an emphasis on the asserted advantages of charter schools.
The critically acclaimed documentary movie "Waiting for Superman" extols charters in its examination of failings in American public education -- an examination many critics contend is inaccurate and oversimplified.
While billionaires like Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey laud charters controlled by private corporations, persons like Chad Lassiter and Walter Palmer warn of threats to independent, community-based educational institutions like the Palmer School.
Governments, local, state and federal, spend over $400-billion-dollars annually on public education, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Education.
"These [corporate] operatives are not concerned all of a sudden with the education of black and brown children," Lassiter observed. "Why are we not empowering the black superheroes like Walter Palmer, whose school's mission, history and philosophy are rooted in the community-based charter school movement?"