The group's New York chapter has been in the news after it joined a lawsuit with the United Federation of Teachers to stop the closure of almost a half-dozen failing public schools and prevent charter schools from operating in buildings used by traditional public schools.
In sum, they've chosen to protect a status quo that hurts low-income children, instead of fighting against it, as they usually do.
Our own Kevin P. Chavous very eloquently questions the logic of the civil rights organization, and he's not alone—not by a long shot. In addition to his recent op-ed piece, there's been a deluge of articles written by education reformers across the political, geographical, and ideological education reform spectrum, all asking one simple question: why is the NAACP fighting against those it has for decades worked so hard to protect?
Take a look at just a smattering of the pieces written on the subject in recent days.
The NAACP vs. Black Schoolchildren: Apparently, the teachers come first - William McGurn, The Wall Street Journal, June 7
In New York, the NAACP Fails Again: The NAACP is usually a great organization, but sometimes it really misses the mark - Cord Jefferson, BET.com, June 7
Standing on the wrong side of empowerment - Doug Tuthill, RedefinED, June 7
When The NAACP Writes a Press Release About School Reform... - RiShawn Biddle, Dropout Nation, June 6
The NAACP enters an unholy alliance: It's fight charter schools rather than supporting them - Stanley Crouch, The New York Daily News, June 6
For shame, NAACP: A betrayal on education - Rafiq R. Kalam Id-Din II, The New York Post, June 2
The NAACP's clout is a terrible thing to waste: Black rights group is wrong to sign onto UFT lawsuit - Michael Lomax and Michelle Rhee, The New York Daily News, June 2
- American Federation for Children | Alliance for School Choice, MAG