NAACP holds hearing on charter and public schools

The NAACP’s Task Force on Quality Education held a hearing in New York, Thursday, April 27, at Harlem Hospital Center & Pavilion in the Herbert G. Cave Auditorium.

The Task Force was formed by the National Board of the NAACP following a resolution passed at the NAACP’s 107th Annual Convention last year calling for a moratorium on new charter schools until there was an examination of governance issues within charter schools and a fuller determination of charter schools’ relationship to, and effect on, traditional public schools.

Hearings were held in New Haven, Memphis, Orlando, Detroit, New Orleans and Los Angeles to explore the issues raised by this resolution and, more generally, a broad range of factors that might affect a child’s education. The Task Force will report its findings and recommendations to the Association’s Education Committee. In the hearings the task force has heard from teachers, school superintendents, public and charter school principals, academics, parents, children and others, representing a wide spectrum of views. The public hearing in New York City was the last before the Task Force turns to drafting its report and recommendations.

NAACP President and CEO Cornell W. Brooks and Chairman Emeritus Roslyn Brock were among the notables in attendance at the hearing.