A series of anti-charter school bills are currently moving through the legislative process in California.
The content of these bills includes a wide array of tactics to kill off the educational option of charter schools either quickly, or over time.
The various pieces of legislation recommend steps including putting a cap on the number of new charter schools, awarding authorizing power over charters to districts, who have no interest in their success and calling for a moratorium on the expansion of charter schools altogether.
If that last bit sounds familiar, you may recall that the NAACP called for a similar step in 2016 in a national resolution. Back then, the national organization saw dissent from local chapters and leaders, who argued that no educational options should be stripped from parents, especially with the dismal results for Black students in schools throughout the country.
Now, in a similar show of support for educational access, 3 local branches of the NAACP in California (San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino) have put forth resolutions calling on the national body to “support all educational options for African American students that produce positive results” as well as halt their moratorium on charter schools and recognize the importance of parent choice.
The local NAACP branches also highlighted that the vast majority of Black students attend district-run schools and currently face immense gaps in achievement as well as disproportionate disciplinary action in those schools.
In response to the dissenting branches, who are calling on the state and national NAACP to advocate for expanded access to educational opportunities and to hold all public schools to high academic standards for Black student achievement, Alice Huffman, President of NAACP California Hawaii Conference had this to say:
“This is to advise you all regarding your charter school counter resolution,” – “The state has already taken a position of opposition and would appreciate it if you all would rescind your positions.