NAACP doubles down on rejection of broad charter investment

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Luglio 28, 2017

Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities.

In a report released Wednesday, the organization's education task force wrote charter schools were meant to help infuse innovation into the traditional public school system, which they say has not happened.

The NAACP is calling for tighter restrictions on charter schools and the elimination of for-profit charters as part of a broad array of actions leaders want to see taken on the local and national level to improve public education for children of color. "The reality is the NAACP does not represent all black people in this country".

The report, which came nearly a year after the group called for a complete moratorium on charter schools, drew from a task force of 12 that talked about charter schools and the education with various people at hearings in seven cities. Independently run charters generally don't employ. The tour was organized in the wake of strong blowback the organization faced previous year after calling for a moratorium on all new charter schools during its national convention. Many are privately managed charters whose financial operations and student performance are hidden from parents and taxpayers, and whose existence increases racial and economic segregation of students.

The task force also argues that the push to expand charter schools, coupled with a lack of coordination and planning about where those schools are located and whom they serve, has in some cities resulted in a disjointed education landscape that leaves students with no guarantee they can attend a school close to home.

Requiring all teachers be certified. As it lays out its myriad findings, the report can read a bit like the greatest hits of the charter debate: Some say charters cherry pick the best students, others say they don't. It also highlighted a 2015 study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes showing that in urban areas, black students in charter schools showed larger learning gains than black students in traditional public schools. Since then, the number of charter schools in the USA has risen dramatically, outstripping the ability of states and school districts to hold them accountable to the same basic safeguards and standards as public schools.

The new NEA Policy Statement on Charter Schools boosts the NEA's forceful support of state and local efforts to limit charter growth, increase charter accountability and slow the diversion of resources from local public schools to charters.

Finally, the NAACP is seeking a ban on all for-profit charter schools, saying that there is a conflict of interest between making a profit and best serving children.

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