By Andrew Pillow
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People called for a moratorium on charter schools at its national convention. Some of the reasons that the NAACP cited in its resolution included:
- “privately appointed boards” (that don’t have the community interests at heart)
- “disproportionately high use of punitive and exclusionary discipline”
- “increased segregation rather than diverse integration”
Although the NAACP is not alone in its criticism of charter schools in the black community, its rallying cry has been met with stiff opposition as well.
Black Alliance for Educational Options president, Jacqueline Cooper, commented on the matter to the Washington Examiner.
"The fact that the NAACP wants a national moratorium on charter schools, many of which offer a high-quality education to low-income and working-class black children, is inexplicable,"
Shevar Jeffries of the Democrats for Educational Reform also chimed in and pointed out the NAACP plan doesn’t target bad charter schools, and bad public schools equally.
"Indiscriminately targeting all charter schools, even the many great public charter schools that are offering students a bridge to college, while ignoring underperforming district schools, undermines the quality and integrity of our entire education system ... We'd be happy to partner with the NAACP to sanction or shut down low-performing charter schools. We'd oppose with the same resolve as the NAACP any charter that seems designed more by a desire to segregate than to innovate."
Charter schools and their performance are coming under increasing scrutiny. The debate will likely continue as new charters continue to open.
Read more here.
See the NAACP’s statement here.