Statement Regarding the NAACP’s Resolution on a Moratorium on Charter Schools
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October 15, 2016
CINCINNATI – Members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Board of Directors ratified a resolution Saturday adopted by delegates at its 2016 107th National Convention calling for a moratorium on charter school expansion and for the strengthening of oversight in governance and practice.
“The NAACP has been in the forefront of the struggle for and a staunch advocate of free, high-quality, fully and equitably-funded public education for all children,” said Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the National NAACP Board of Directors. “We are dedicated to eliminating the severe racial inequities that continue to plague the education system.”
The National Board’s decision to ratify this resolution reaffirms prior resolutions regarding charter schools and the importance of public education, and is one of 47 resolutions adopted today by the Board of Directors. The National Board’s decision to ratify supports its 2014 Resolution, ‘School Privatization Threat to Public Education’, in which the NAACP opposes privatization of public schools and public subsidizing or funding of for-profit or charter schools. Additionally, in 1998 the Association adopted a resolution which unequivocally opposed the establishment and granting of charter schools which are not subject to the same accountability and standardization of qualifications/certification of teachers as public schools and divert already-limited funds from public schools.
We are calling for a moratorium on the expansion of the charter schools at least until such time as:
(1) Charter schools are subject to the same transparency and accountability standards as public schools
(2) Public funds are not diverted to charter schools at the expense of the public school system
(3) Charter schools cease expelling students that public schools have a duty to educate and
(4) Cease to perpetuate de facto segregation of the highest performing children from those whose aspirations may be high but whose talents are not yet as obvious.
Historically the NAACP has been in strong support of public education and has denounced movements toward privatization that divert public funds to support non-public school choices.
“We are moving forward to require that charter schools receive the same level of oversight, civil rights protections and provide the same level of transparency, and we require the same of traditional public schools,” Chairman Brock said. “Our decision today is driven by a long held principle and policy of the NAACP that high quality, free, public education should be afforded to all children.”
While we have reservations about charter schools, we recognize that many children attend traditional public schools that are inadequately and inequitably equipped to prepare them for the innovative and competitive environment they will face as adults. Underfunded and under-supported, these traditional public schools have much work to do to transform curriculum, prepare teachers, and give students the resources they need to have thriving careers in a technologically advanced society that is changing every year. There is no time to wait. Our children immediately deserve the best education we can provide.
“Our ultimate goal is that all children receive a quality public education that prepares them to be a contributing and productive citizen,” said Adora Obi Nweze, Chair of the National NAACP Education Committee, President of the Florida State Conference of the NAACP and a former educator whose committee guides educational policy for the Association.
“The NAACP’s resolution is not inspired by ideological opposition to charter schools but by our historical support of public schools – as well as today’s data and the present experience of NAACP branches in nearly every school district in the nation,” said Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP. “Our NAACP members, who as citizen advocates, not professional lobbyists, are those who attend school board meetings, engage with state legislatures and support both parents and teachers.”
“The vote taken by the NAACP is a declaratory statement by this Association that the proliferation of charter schools should be halted as we address the concerns raised in our resolution,” said Chairman Brock.
October 15, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 15, 2016
CINCINNATI – The National Board of Directors of the NAACP, a grassroots organization, has listened and is yet listening to the concerns of our members, parents, teachers, and supporters of public education across the country. In support of today’s newly adopted policy regarding public education, Chairman Roslyn M. Brock has convened a special taskforce to make recommendations and lay the foundation for a national stakeholder convening to ensure the following:
- Charter schools are subject to the same transparency and accountability standards as public schools;
- Public funds are not diverted to charter schools at the expense of the public school system;
- Charter schools cease expelling students that public schools have a duty to educate; and,
- Charter schools cease to perpetuate de facto segregation of the highest performing children from those whose aspirations may be high but whose talents are not yet as obvious.
- Consistency with existing NAACP policy on public education.
This taskforce will be chaired by Alice Huffman and include Hazel Dukes, Michael Curry, Gloria Sweet-Love, Derrick Johnson, Scot Esdaile, Da’Quan Love, Robin Williams, Peter Rose, Adora Obi Nweze, James Gallman and Philip Murphy.
This convening will bring together diverse perspectives to gain further knowledge, engage in future debate, and take action. The committee is charged with the responsibility of bringing forward practical recommendations that respond to the urgency of this resolution and the inequities undermining public education.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas here.
October 15, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Get Your Congressional Representatives onto this Sign-on Letter.
It is time to get your House Representatives on a comment letter, led by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA),
calling on the CFPB to strengthen its proposed rule on payday, car title, and installment loans. We are hoping to get 75 House members signed onto this letter.
Here’s what you can do to help: While congress members are in their home districts for the recess until Labor Day:
•Schedule meetings in their district offices and ask them to add their names and urge strong action to regulate payday lending.
Here is a list of our top targets.
•Raise the issue at in-district events held by your congress members. We are updating this list of in-district events to help get you started.
We have this toolkit with tips for in-district meetings and events.
Here is a copy of the House letter: http://bit.ly/HousePay day
Ask your House representative to sign this letter by contacting Mitria Wilson in Rep. Waters’ office at email@example.com
MORRISTOWN – A top official with the NAACP took part in several police training simulations that put her in a position about whether or not to use deadly force.
NAACP National Board of Directors Chairwoman Roslyn Brock and NAACP New Jersey member George Gore participated in several shooting scenarios at the Morris County Law and Public Safety Training Academy. The training opportunity and meet-up was held in the wake of several high-profile cases of police officers shooting unarmed African-Americans.
“We want the public to have an understanding of what it is that the officer is experiencing during that moment and how difficult it is to make that decision,” says Morris County Law and Public Safety instructor Sgt. Paul Carifi.
Chairwoman Brock requested that she not be filmed by the media during her simulations. However, according to reporters on scene during both scenarios Brock fired her gun and even hit the suspect in one occasion.
“When the gentleman [in the simulation] was pulling out an object that I could not see, it very well could have been a cellphone. I thought it was a knife and responded accordingly,” Brock says.
She says that just like NAACP members are putting themselves in police shoes, police need to do the same.
State Association of Chiefs of Police President Christopher Wagner agrees that both sides need to learn from each other.
“We want to hear what they have to say so that we can have an understanding of what they need and desire,” he says.
The training the Brock and Gore participated in is usually done at the end of a police officer’s training. Brock and Gore did not have any prior training.
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