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NAACP and Teachers’ Union Try to Shut Down Charter Schools

Written by Gary North on January 18, 2012

“It’s a political problem. The problems are sociopolitical. The problems are unions. You plot the growth of the NEA [National Education Association] and the dropping of SAT scores, and they’re inversely proportional. The problems are unions in the schools. The problem is bureaucracy.” — Steve Jobs, 1996

Here is a video that tells you how much the teachers’ union cares about high quality education.

The charter school serves a neighborhood in Harlem. All of the students are black or Hispanic. But that’s not good enough for the NAACP.

Ultimately, government has got to get out of education. There is no way to reform tax-funded education to make it better. Monopolies do not get better over time. They get worse. But this suggestion is not taken seriously by most voters. So, there are endless reforms. After 170 years in the USA, nothing has worked. Doubt me? Read this.

There is a pattern here. Also a lesson.

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20 thoughts on “NAACP and Teachers’ Union Try to Shut Down Charter Schools

  1. The government has no business interfering with Charter Schools. It is bad enough that public education is not worth an ounce salt and the kids are graduating from High School without the ability to read and write correctly, now they want to impose the same future onto kids attending Charter Schools. Shame and the government and shame on the Unions.

  2. Today's unions are a blight on our society. Their effect on our children's education is shameful and dangerous.

  3. Since the unions have Obama's support they will along with Obama destroy America as we know it.

  4. Our country needs TRADE SCHOOLS because the administrative government has been a nanny form of education – the children no longer have anyone to learn from or look up to. Elementary school for reading, writing and arithmetic – then Trade School and if there are some that think they need higher education, they have the right to persue that avenue. All state run!

  5. Sadly I fear you are correct mudguy . The level of education in the United States has dropped drastically and all because of the Teachers Unions . Educators were once proud of their trade and charge of teaching our nations young . Now they are concerned with how much they earn and how big their pension will be when they retire .
    Charter Schools have become a threat to them because they provide a quality education and so may threaten their jobs in future
    Why the NAACP is opposed to me I cannot pretend to understand as many charter school students are blacks whose parents want their children to get a good education and away from the violence and influence of many innercity and public schools

  6. CMON now, you know the NAACP is a racist group. They are NOT for the people, they are against the people. They have been around foir a long time and nothing has benn done to make things better for black, they just use the donations to being up lawsuits. If you want to see what REAL BLACK leaders have to say about the NAACP and the cemocrat party, go see http://www.errvideo.com you will be amazed.

  7. From one mudguy to another mudguy you are right.

  8. I rather think is all unions than just naacp

  9. the other part here is about indoctrination!!!! The dept of ed has to be disband, and let the local or state run the schools, anything the feds get their hands on turns bad….."government is the problem", ronald reagan

  10. IGotAComment says:

    Per U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:
    In 2010, union membership was 11.9 percent and had declined by 612,000 to 14.7 million
    In 2009, union membership was 12.3 percent and numbered 15.3 million
    In 1983 union membership rate was 20.1 per-cent, and there were 17.7 million union workers.

    The union membership rate for public sector workers (36.2 percent) was substantially higher than the rate for private sector workers (6.9 percent).

    Workers in education, training, and library occupations had the highest unionization rate at 37.1 percent.

    Black workers were more likely to be union members than were white, Asian, or Hispanic workers.

    Within the public sector, local government workers had the highest union membership rate, 42.3 percent. This group includes workers in heavily unionized occupations, such as teachers, police officers, and fire fighters.

    Private sector industries with high unionization rates included transportation and utilities (21.8 percent), telecommunications (15.8 percent), and construction (13.1 percent). In 2010, low unionization rates occurred in agriculture and related indus-
    tries (1.6 percent) and in financial activities (2.0 percent).

    About half of the 14.7 million union members in the U.S. lived in just six states (California, 2.4 million; New York, 2.0 million; Illinois, 0.8 million; Pennsylvania, 0.8 million; Ohio, 0.7 million; and New Jersey, 0.6 million), though these states accounted for only one-third of wage and salary employment nationally.

  11. IGotAComment says:

    "Our country needs TRADE SCHOOLS"
    Exactly correct. Not everyone wants to go to college. Trade School training needs to start in high school.

    The primary purpose of college is the learn, get a piece of paper saying you know something, get a job, and start earning a living and, of course, pay taxes.

    Right now we have to many graduating from college without job waiting for them. A waste of time and money. To many people with the 'soft' degrees and not enough with the 'hard degrees like math, engineering, medical occupations. Look at all the foreigners brought in to do math, engineering, and medical fields. We need to spend our educational dollars on the fields which we have to import people to fill the jobs. Leave the foreigner in their country to help build their country up.

  12. Blair Franconia, NH says:

    The NAACP is doing the business of slaveholders.

  13. MrInterpid says:

    A quote from one of the teachers unions past leaders says it all: "I'll represent the little b******s (students) when they grow up get jobs and pay union dues". The NEA has never been for the improvement of education, just for the reduction of teachers responsibilities and increases in teacher pay and vacation time, regardless of the needs of students or incompetence of teachers.

  14. I know a person who tutors young people trying to get into the military, but can't pass the entrance exam. The entrance exam is on a 6 th grade level. These students are having trouble with primarily reading and math, and possess a high school diploma. Now for a question. Do you think that people who can't read or do simple math need to be involved in the defense of the country. The NEA has effectively been in the business of "dumbing down" the last two generations, with no end in site. It's no big surprise that manufacturing and general business is forced out of this country, just to be able to find qualified workers. Politicians need to shut down the NEA and require teachers to "work" or be fired.

  15. John Stewart says:

    If you don't like an opinion don't ask for them. Not posting them is poor censorship. Let the readers decide! Don't just delete.

  16. jim28threg. says:

    The teachers in our school are God fearing Christians so with that and my son in his last years I'm not to worried about this. Though if these clowns had come around in the younger years this naacp bunch would've probably found themselves laying in the woods stareing at the stars while their their cars were turned into trash at the next demolition derby. Course could've let some ride along in the trunk.

  17. My question does not apply to unions but charters in general. School boards are FAR from perfect (maybe partly because in AZ we don't even pay them which prevents many concerned voters/parents from being able to serve?), but at least voters/parents can address them at meetings and VOTE on whether they have a seat on the board. Who is the first elected official responsible to the voters for education decisions at the tax payer funded charter schools? Are we not separating voters from decision makers? If you have an explanation for this one issue I really hope to hear. I am bothered by the relinquishing of voter checks on education decision makers. Oh, and the federal takeover of education via the Common Core Standards and newly emaciated Federal Rights Privacy Act. Where to begin to fix the education troubles – at least it must be local. Thank you.

  18. Excuse me I meant Federal Education Rights Privacy Act.

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  20. Anyone with two firing brain cells can see the problems in education are simply two things government and unions. Neither of witch has ANY right to be involved.