Charter backers can stop the NAACP moratorium — by meeting these four demands
Why that’s good for black people
nce the NAACP at its national convention voted on a resolution that placed a moratorium on charter schools, the backlash from charter advocates has been angry, well-financed and sometimes just plain mean leading up to a vote of ratification by the national board, which occurred this past weekend.
By singling out the NAACP with multiple editorials, protests and letter-writing campaigns, the charter lobby threw cheap shots at one of our most historic civil rights organizations with the intent to rally the charter base. But charter backers didn’t stop the NAACP from ratifying its moratorium; they didn’t shame them into submission.
Now, the only way that charter advocates can get the moratorium removed is for charter operators to meet the NAACP’s demands. And that’s good for black people.
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In a statement, the NAACP outlined four demands that if met would remove the moratorium.
First, that charter schools are subject to the same transparency and accountability standards as public schools.
Second, that public funds are not diverted to charter schools at the expense of the public school system.
Third, charter schools must cease expelling students that public schools have a duty to educate.
Fourth, they must 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.
Are these not reasonable goals? Given some of the illogical attacks hurled at the NAACP, don’t expect charter groups to use the moratorium as an opportunity to improve the sector.