Charter school community pushes back against the NAACP's moratorium on charter schools

February 10, 2017

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On Thursday, February 9, African American charter parents, alumni, teachers, leaders, students and community members gathered in downtown Los Angeles for a press conference to tell the the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) that charter schools are transforming lives in their neighborhoods. After the press conference, the group participated in the NAACP's Task Force on Quality Education hearing to discuss the role of charter schools in their city and in their communities.

In October 2016, the NAACP's national board called for a moratorium on expanding charter public schools. The decision was symbolic rather than legally enforceable, but it prompted an outcry from charter school families and educators throughout California who cherish the high quality education that charters provide. African American students who attend charters in California are more academically proficient and more likely to graduate college-ready than their peers in traditional schools according to an abundance of publicly available data and academic studies.

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