Last week at the NAACP National Convention in Cincinnati, the delegates voted in a new resolution on charter schools. Its approval as policy will not be official until the National Board meeting in the Fall of 2016.Among other things, the resolution says that charters are targeting communities of color, increasing segregation, do not have public representation, use more punitive methods of discipline than regular public schools, and that there have been numerous financial issues in many states.
The 2016 NAACP delegates at the national convention called for a moratorium on the proliferation of privately managed charters.
So for those of you who emailed me yesterday saying that NAACP chapters in various places have gone rogue supporting charters— know that the force of the national organization is NOT on their side.
In sum, I believe the NAACP, the nation’s vanguard of civil rights, has AGAIN demonstrated and articulated critical leadership sorely lacking from many other civil rights organizations on the issue of school choice.
Whereas, the NAACP shares the concerns of the Journey for Justice Alliance, an alliance of 38 organizations of Black and Brown parents and students in 23 states, which has joined with 175 other national local grassroots community, youth, and civil rights organizations calling for a moratorium on the Federal Charter schools program, which has pumped over $3B into new charter schools, many of which have already closed or have failed the students drawn to them by the illusive promise of quality.