AFC: NAACP Anti-Charter School Proposal Tarnishes Organization’s History

The American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, issued the following statement in response to the NAACP ratifying an anti-public charter school proposal.

Kevin P. Chavous, founding board member of the American Federation for Children:

“By voting to support a moratorium on public charter schools, the NAACP has tarnished its rich history by demonstrating that they place politics ahead of the educational attainment of African American children. No individual or group has the standing or right to self-designate itself as the education decider for African American parents. This action by the NAACP is a slap in the face to 700,000 African American children currently benefiting from public charter schools and the millions of African American parents struggling to give their children a quality education.

“We will not rest nor tire in our effort to ensure every American, especially the most disadvantaged, receive access to a quality education of their parents’ choice.”

On Friday, Chavous published the following column, “Taking a leap back – Why the NAACP is wrong on school choice.


Kevin P. Chavous is a founding board member for the American Federation for Children. He is a former member of the Council of the District of Columbia and a former chairman of D.C.’s Education Committee where he was responsible for enacting numerous education reforms in D.C. Chavous is chair emeritus of the Democrats for Education Reform and a former chair of the Black Alliance for Educational Options, and his latest book is,“Building a Learning Culture in America” is available now.

American Federation for Children is the nation’s leading school choice advocacy organization and works in states across the country to help secure additional, high-quality educational options for families.