On Saturday, the national board of the NAACP ratified a resolution adopted this summary calling for a moratorium on charter school expansion. About 140 demonstraters protested the board’s decision and disrupted the meeting.
Earlier this year, Ed Next’s Paul E. Peterson criticized the NAACP’s resolution against charter schools.
Forty-eight percent of African Americans say they favor the formation of charters, while only 29 percent stand in opposition, with the remainder taking the neutral position. In fact the opinions of African-Americans resemble those of the American public as a whole – 51 percent support, 28 percent oppose, 21 percent neutral.
Not only does the black community support charters, but African-American students enjoy over-representation in charter schools. According to the U. S. Department of Education 27 percent of all charter students are black, even though black students constitute only 16 percent of the overall public school population.
Civil rights groups oppose charters even though African-Americans are learning more at charters than at public schools. According to a 2015 study of charters in urban regions across the country, conducted by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University, African-American students at charters out-performed comparable students at nearby public schools in math by roughly a half years’ worth of learning. Reading gains were also hefty.
The data on support for charter schools comes from the 2016 Education Next poll.
– Education Next