When you read that the NAACP is suing New York City over the issue of charter schools, it is not because we are opposed to charter schools. It is because we have come too far and struggled too long to let resources be distributed in a way that amply funds charter schools while starving traditional public schools, which are sometimes located in the very same building.
NAACP Chair Roslyn Brock, in Sunday’s speech to its national convention, essentially proving that the NAACP doesn’t realize that charter schools generally get less in per-pupil funding than their traditional counterparts and must actively seek and prove its worth to the philanthropic community in order to fill the gap. But then, the NAACP isn’t exactly interested in school reform. Or in overhauling American public education for black families.