We have to believe that the NAACP is buckling to traditional political alliances and financial considerations.
The organization and the nation’s teachers unions have worked closely for years within the Democratic Party. And the unions have a financial stake in preserving failing schools and the jobs they provide to union teachers. Charter and private schools generally have non-union staffs, so they are a threat to the financial well-being of the education labor movement.
Perhaps NAACP officials feel a need to help their old friends in the teachers unions defend their traditional turf, even if that means blocking opportunities for disadvantaged children. Or perhaps the NAACP doesn’t want to risk losing the financial contributions it receives from the unions.
Teachers’ unions have given over $50,000 to the NAACP and its New York branch over the last year, according to financial reports filed by the unions, which can be found here, here and here.
Friday morning, the NAACP struck back by protesting outside the office of the Success Charter Network and its founder, former city councilwoman Eva Moskowitz. She has engaged in hand-to-hand combat with the union and its apologists, trying to bring more charter schools to New York City neighborhoods with the worst schools.
The NAACP’s true colors are showing. Instead of "advancing” people", as the group's name suggests, it’s supporting an education system that is failing students and turning them to lives of crime, dependence and poverty. The NAACP is doing its constituency a disservice by carrying the water for the United Federation of Teachers.