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Statement from ExcelinEd CEO Patricia Levesque on NAACP charter schools report

Patricia Levesque, CEO of the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) released the following statement on the NAACP Task Force on Quality Education report issued today.

“We recognize the NAACP’s effort to look more closely at charter schools and, in rightfully acknowledging their value, also seeking opportunities for improvement. We also agree with the report’s recommendation to better align funding to meet student needs.

“However, charter schools are fundamentally about empowering parents with options for their children. We are disappointed the report does not emphasize that. Restricting the autonomy of charter schools defeats the unique and necessary alternatives they offer.

“One of the most important ways to ensure equity for all students is to change the power dynamic in America’s education system. This requires putting parents in charge of making decisions on behalf of their own children, with quality options no matter what their zip code. The proven results are better outcomes for that child and desperately needed improvements in how the entire system responds to each and every child’s unique needs.”