The National NAACP Education Mission:
The NAACP works to ensure that every disadvantaged student and student of color graduates ready for college or a career by ensuring access to great teaching, fair discipline, equitable resources and challenging curriculum. We are dedicated to eliminating the severe racial inequities that continue to plague our education system. Our ultimate goal is that every student of color receives a quality public education that prepares him or her to be a contributing member of a democracy.
To achieve these goals, the Education Committee of the national board, in concert with education chairs and leaders from across the Association, have settled upon a four-prong strategy to improve educational achievement for disadvantaged students:
Increasing Resource Equity: Target funds to neediest kids
Ensuring College & Career Readiness : A path to success after graduation for all students
Improving Teaching: Growing our own great teachers now in underserved communities
Improving Discipline: Eliminate zero tolerance; keep kids in school* All applied to turnaround schools
Indiana's Ethnic Studies Requirements
Greater Indianapolis NAACP Branch 3053 worked with African American, Native American, Latinx, and Asian cultural education experts to successfully push for passage of a 2017 ethnic studies law, the result of four years of advocacy in the Indiana General Assembly. The law requires that each school corporation, charter school and accredited nonpublic school “shall offer the study of ethnic and racial groups as a one semester elective course in its high school curriculum at least once every school year.”
NAACP Branch 3053 Statement on IPS and Public Education
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has a rich history in Central Indiana, particularly in Greater Indianapolis. We support and advocate for adequate funding for public schools so children can have a quality education. We advocate to ensure that a child’s civil rights have not been violated based on inadequate funding, especially in the areas of special needs and disabilities. NAACP’s earlier history is linked forever to the issue of education: equal access to educational opportunities for students of color compared to that of other American citizens. Equal protection under the law and the right to vote are central to the maintenance and protection of our system of government. A strong public school system that provides for all is another pillar of our democracy.
In the heart of Indianapolis, IPS serves as a hub for educational attainment, jobs and a means to break cycles of poverty and hopelessness. IPS has invested in countless initiatives that have sought to more adequately and fairly serve our community. Under the leadership of Dr. Lewis Ferebee and the Board of School Commissioners, IPS is seeing gains that have not been experienced for nearly a decade. Graduation rates have risen above 80 percent while statewide graduation rates have not experienced the same increase. During a period when the district experienced significant losses in revenue due to property tax caps as well as cuts in federal and state support, IPS invested in additional compensation for teachers.
We applaud the efforts and direction of Indianapolis Public Schools and continue to uplift the great work that is taking place. The NAACP strongly supports adequate funding for public schools so our children will have a quality education.