The New York state NAACP today sought to join a lawsuit filed by city and state teachers unions to prevent the Charter Schools Committee of the State University of New York from implementing its less rigorous certification standards for some of the state’s charter schools.
Hazel Dukes, President of the NAACP New York State Conference and a member of the NAACP National Board of Directors, said in the court papers: “Watered down certification regulations will directly impact NY NAACP's members and thereby the NY NAACP. It is those injuries that NY NAACP seeks to redress on behalf of its members in this proceeding.”
A parent from the United Federation of Teachers’ charter school in Brooklyn, Felicia Grace, also requested to join the lawsuit.
The motion was filed today in Manhattan State Supreme Court.
The UFT and its state affiliate, the New York State United Teachers, filed suit in October 2017, arguing that the SUNY Charter Schools Committee overstepped its legal authority by reducing certification standards for certain charter school teachers. The unions’ argued the decision would harm students and was little more than an attempt to combat sky-high teacher turnover rates in the charter sector.
New York State Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa, State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, the State Education Department and the State University of New York this week filed their own lawsuit against these lower charter standards. As teachers, the UFT agrees with Rosa’s and Elia’s argument: eroding the quality of teaching in New York State will hurt students, particularly the most vulnerable.