The Movement for Black Lives and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People say they want a moratorium on creating new charter schools.
The NAACP passed a resolution last month that still needs final approval in the fall and The Movement for Black Lives -- which includes the Black Lives Matter Network and 28 other civil and human rights groups -- recently released its policy platform, which calls for a moratorium on charter schools and on school closures.
Meanwhile, a report by the ACLU of Southern California and public advocates shows more than 250 California charter schools, including several in Oakland, have created barriers for families to enroll in their programs.
Charter schools have been touted by many in the African-American community as a more equitable option to the traditional public school model, though evidence for charter schools' effectiveness is inconclusive. However, the Black Alliance for Educational Options argues against the NAACP resolution, telling the Washington Examiner the move is "inexplicable."
Charters are funded by public dollars but privately managed and are free from many of the requirements of traditional public schools. The report found at least 253 California charter schools that have violated policies and created barriers for all students to access the schools.