Monday, May 15, 2006

The NAACP's fight against private school vouchers

Star Parker wrote in Townhall Why would an organization that calls itself the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, whose motto is "Making Democracy Work Since 1909," oppose individual choice and freedom and dedicate itself to promoting public policy that guarantees the perpetuation of black poverty?

Because the NAACP thinks that supporting the Democratic party, which caters to teacher's unions, is more important than educating black children. In fact it might hurt to have them educated, because then they might vote Republican.
As incongruous as this might sound, it is in fact true. Consider the prominent role that the NAACP played recently in killing the Opportunity Scholarships Program created by Gov. Jeb Bush in Florida, which granted vouchers to students in failing public schools to attend a different school of their choice - public or private.

Betsy Newmark blogged Star Parker rightly excoriates the NAACP for opting for the NEA-supported opposition to school vouchers over the interests of poor black children.

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