Press Release

NAACP’s SPECIAL TASK FORCE ON QUALITY EDUCATION TO PRESENT FINDINGS FROM PUBLIC HEARINGS ON EDUCATION EQUALITY, AT NATIONAL CONVENTION IN BALTIMORE

July 26, 2017

Part of the Convention’s final plenary session, Task Force report includes

premiere of video report and remarks from NAACP Chairman Leon Russell,

Task Force members and media personality, Joe Madison

 

BALTIMORE (July 26, 2017) – The NAACP Task Force on Quality Education will present findings from its seven-city public hearings tour on charter school quality and oversight at the NAACP Convention’s final plenary session on Wednesday, July 26th, at 12:30 p.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center (Swing Hall). Members of the Task Force will host a press availability following the hour-long presentation. 

Leon Russell, Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors, will introduce the Task Force and Joe Madison, noted media personality, will reinforce the importance of the Task Force’s establishment and action. Alice Huffman, Chair of the Task Force, National Board Member and California State Conference president will provide an overview of Task Force report’s highlights while Scot Esdaile, Task Force member, National Board Member and Connecticut State Conference president will introduce a short film documenting the seven public hearings.

Other Task Force members will also present on themes such as variance in charter school governance, the need for transparency and accountability in charter school oversight and the epidemic of chronically failing traditional public schools. The Task Force will release a formal Hearing Report in conjunction with the Convention presentation, detailing findings from each hearing and presenting a statistical support.

The NAACP National Board of Directors created the Task Force on Quality Education following its October 2016 ratification of a resolution issuing a moratorium on the expansion of charter schools—at least until certain standards of quality and accountability are met. The Task Force hosted public hearings with teachers, parents and policy experts in New Haven, CT; Memphis, TN; Orlando, FL; Los Angeles, CA; Detroit, MI; New Orleans, LA and New York, NY.

Learn more about the full roster of 108th NAACP national convention events at www.naacpconvention.org.

ABOUT THE NAACP:

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