NAACP National Education Strategy: A push for better preschool programs

Published on Tuesday, December 11, 2012

 "Maybe when this country was founded, you could get away with only educating a portion of your population and succeed in the world, but you can't do that anymore." Ben Jealous, CEO and President, NAACP 

The NAACP is deploying volunteers across the country in its biggest push for a public education overhaul since the nation's classrooms were ordered desegregated in 1954. The volunteers, who have been trained for the past two years, will lobby at the state and county levels for four educational priorities:

  • Extended school hours and years in school
  • Improved teacher training
  • Improved preschool programs
  • Better targeting of spending to the neediest of students.

Each of these strategies is supported by research.

The NAACP will encourage these improvements for all children, not just minorities. NAACP president and CEO Ben Jealous said this is the only way to ensure an educated American workforce and a thriving economy.

 "We are seeking to ensure that our nation can lead the world in job creation again" Jealous said.  "Maybe when this country was founded, you could get away with only educating a portion of your population and succeed in the world, but you can't do that anymore," he added.

 Jealous said that since 1954 NAACP has focused on implementing and defending the Supreme Court's desegregation decision. But increasingly, branches of NAACP in 38 states have pushed for changes in education laws and legislation.

 Volunteers have been trained  to make presentations to a local Baptist Church or to a local Kiwanis Club to empahsize that the reforms will benefit all children, not just African American children.

 The full report is available at the NAACP website.