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The NAACP Board of Directors vote TOMORROW on a resolution proposing a moratorium on new charter schools. This is your LAST CHANCE to add your name to a letter authored by six charter school parents from across the country.

Thousands of parents, grandparents, teachers, and advocates have added their names to this letter asking the NAACP to vote against the resolution and visit a charter school to learn more about how charters work for black families. Please take a moment to read this letter and add your name before the vote tomorrow. 

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Dear NAACP Board of Directors:

As Black parents with children in charter schools and on charter school wait lists, we are writing to ask you to rethink the NAACP’s recent resolution calling for a moratorium on charter schools.

The NAACP is an organization to which we are deeply rooted and for which we have tremendous respect. Our grandparents fought with the NAACP for civil rights, and our children benefit from these efforts today. And we stand with the NAACP in its continued commitment to protect voting rights and oppose police violence.

But we recently learned about the NAACP’s resolution calling for a moratorium on the growth of charter schools, and believe it is simply wrong. It does not represent our voices, or that of the communities where we live. From Seattle, to Oklahoma City, to Houston, New York, and New Jersey, we see charter schools offering parents of color hope that their children can have a better future.

Our support for charter schools is not abstract, but instead based on our personal experience.

Our children are thriving in charter schools. Their charter schools are unique, but they all offer environments that focus on learning, are staffed by teachers from our communities, and ensure classrooms based on respect and dignity.

Some of our children want to attend a charter school, but cannot. That’s because, like thousands of deserving kids, they are waitlisted. And the moratorium would make it even harder for students of color to get a spot in a quality charter school.

We understand that charter schools—like other public schools—are not perfect, but we know firsthand that many charter schools are giving our children opportunities that they wouldn’t have otherwise. We don’t care about labels when it comes to public schools, we only see schools where our children succeed and others where our children struggle. We can’t afford to turn our backs on any schools where our children are beating the odds.

We urge you to hear our voices as parents and vote against this resolution. And if you need more evidence, visit a charter school and see for yourselves how charter schools are serving children of color. Our kids are counting on you.

Shirline Wilson
Rainier Prep Student
Seattle, Washington

Jody Pittman
KIPP Thrive Academy Student
Newark, New Jersey

Gary Jones
KIPP Reach Academy Student
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Rosezina Williams
KIPP Sunnyside High School, A Plus Unlimited Potential
Houston, Texas

Latoya Taitt
Henry Johnson Charter School
Albany, New York

Janet Griggs
Wait List Grandparent
Houston, Texas

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