Williams: NAACP Vote Against Charters Moves Us In Wrong Direction

By Rosezina Williams, Houston Chronicle

As an African-American single mother who has struggled to find the right schools for my two kids, charter schools have been a blessing. Although I have children with very different needs, it was obvious that traditional public schools in Houston were failing to provide either of them with the education they needed, and charters have offered them a chance to achieve more.

This is why I am so disappointed that the NAACP board of directors earlier this month voted in support of a resolution calling for a moratorium on new charter schools.

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I know that too many of our public schools have racial and ethnic achievement gaps, or provide quality education to only a privileged few. But if the members of the NAACP who pushed for the moratorium talked to the parents of charter school students, they would find out what we know firsthand: Charters offer an excellent, free public education to children of all backgrounds.

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