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NAACP’s Resolution Mis-Represented by Privatizers and, in some cases, Media

October 17, 2016

I heard a news report over the weekend on NPR regarding the NAACP’s controversial resolution calling for a level playing field for privatized charters and public schools. Instead of characterizing the moratorium as a desire to stop the expansion of charter schools, it called it an effort to stop charter schools completely. This kind of misrepresentation reflects the meme undoubtedly launched by the privatizers who have riled up charter parents who, in turn, showed up to protest the NAACP’s pending action to endorse a resolution seeking the cessation of charter expansion pending a through analysis of it’s impact. A report in Cincinnati.com, a part of USA Today‘s network, includes a quote from the NAACP’s leader that sets the record straight:

Cornell William Brooks, NAACP national president, told The Enquirer in an interview that the NAACP has always stood for quality public education and that it and the Memphis protesters are largely in agreement.

The resolution calls for the suspension on the expansion of charter schools,” Brooks said at the Westin, “at least until, No. 1, we subject charter schools to transparent standards of accountability. The same rules for everyone.”

The NAACP wants no more public money diverted to charter schools at the expense of public schools, and it calls for charter schools to stop expelling students that public schools then must educate and to stop perpetuating what the NAACP calls “de facto segregation” of highest performing students from those who are currently as successful.

“It does not call for the doomsday destruction of all charter schools in existence now,” Brooks said. “What it does call for is let us have a season of reason, a pause in the expansion while we figure this out.”

This is not only eminently reasonable, it is urgently needed. The NAACP is asking that until some mechanism for equity is developed in charter school expansion. the expansion should cease. What is needed is a mechanism that ensure that ALL students have access to charter schools, including those students whose parents are either disengaged in the schooling of their children or so stressed for time that they cannot complete the sometimes daunting requirements for enrollment in charters… including those students who struggle in school because of disabilities… including students who might struggle to conform to rules that require some adjustments in their behavior… and including those students who might struggle in school because they are behind in their schoolwork as compared to their age peers. And most important, the equity should include assurances that money spent on for-profit schools that serve select students is not money diverted from public schools who serve any child who walks in the door. The NAACP is not opposed to charter schools who enroll all students and who value children and meet the same regulations as public schools. They are opposed to de-regulated for-profit charter who value shareholders over children and take only those children who meet their criterion.

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