NAACP’s Call for Charter School Moratorium Invites Corporate Criticism

(COMMON DREAMS) Deirdre Fulton, October 18, 2016 — Despite pressure from corporate media and education reformers, the nation’s largest civil rights organization voted on Saturday to approve a resolution calling for a moratorium on charter school expansion at least until issues of non-transparency and inequity are meaningfully addressed.

Saturday’s vote codified one taken by delegates to the NAACP’s national convention in July, and demands a moratorium until:

  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. 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.

“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 NAACP president and CEO Cornell William Brooks in a statement.

Added Roslyn M. Brock, chairman of the National NAACP Board of Directors: “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.”

To that end, the NAACP also on Saturday announced the creation of a special task force on education, with the goal of achieving the points laid out in the newly approved resolution.

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