For shame, NAACP
A powerful and personal story in a NY Post op ed by Rafiq R. Kalam Id-Din II, founder & managing partner of Teaching Firms of America-Professional Preparatory Charter School in Bedford-Stuyvesant:
If this lawsuit succeeds, the 7,000 students registering with 19 schools will have no space this coming school year. Such a monstrous turn of events, facilitated by the venerated civil-rights organization, would destroy high-quality educational opportunities for several thousand of the most disadvantaged black and brown students in the country -- the very children the NAACP purports to serve.
Indeed, how things have changed.
Let me be clear: I am not against unions (though I oppose the UFT), nor do I speak for every charter school (though I stand with those serving their students well).
I've loved the NAACP all my life. As a young black boy in deep poverty in North Philadelphia, I was raised on a steady diet of the NAACP's storied battles to change a world that resisted Brown every step of the way. Today -- as a teacher, lawyer and school leader -- I am the product of public education, a direct beneficiary of Brown.
It is shocking to see the NAACP now stand with the multibillion-dollar UFT, and condemn a publicly funded implementation of the very strategy it pioneered.
Last Updated: 3:43 AM, June 3, 2011