by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
Some African-American New York parents are ignited over an NAACP decision which seems to keep their children at a disadvantage by failing to make way for better schools. Reportedly, the NAACP supports a lawsuit that will prohibit 20 charter schools from moving into school buildings already occupied by public schools. This same lawsuit also supports not closing public schools performing at poor levels.
At first sight, one may think it makes perfect sense not to allow already existing public schools to be booted out of their buildings for the sake of charter schools. What one needs to know, however, is that a shameful number of black students in New York are in schools with despicable funding and unspeakably poor curriculum. Charter schools are the ray of hope for black parents to get their kids better education worth having.
Currently, New York’s charter schools can only hold 4 percent of one million public school children. No wonder black parents feel like the NAACP is stabbing them in the back by supporting a suit that looks to stifle the growth of charter schools and refuses to shut down public schools that fail to properly educate children.
Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.