Black school-choice advocates continue their quest to help low-income parents with children in failing government schools send them to better ones.
The NAACP is also lobbying the government to place a moratorium on new charter schools. The organization passed a resolution to this effect.
The Black Alliance for Education Options and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools sent a letter to NAACP last week asking to meet and discuss the issue before the organization’s board finalizes the resolution next month. An excerpt (PDF):
The proposed resolution cites a variety of cherry-picked and debunked claims about charter schools. The notion of dedicated charter school founders and educators acting like predatory subprime mortgage lenders—a comparison the resolution explicitly makes—is a far cry from the truth. In reality, charter schools generally receive less per-pupil funding than traditional district public schools and often receive little or no funding to purchase buildings or maintain classrooms. Despite these hurdles, charter schools are helping students achieve at higher levels than traditional district schools.
Not only is the resolution’s mischaracterization of charter schools misinformed, but the proposed nationwide moratorium on new charter schools would ultimately reduce opportunities for Black students, many of whom come from low-income and working-class families…Charter schools are immensely popular among Black families.
Democrats, including teachers unions, oppose educational options that would help parents who care about their children’s education.