Alice Huffman, the NAACP’s president since 1999, helped lead fights against school vouchers and merit pay when she worked as an organizer for the CTA for 13 years. Her thinking has definitely changed, which is why she was standing next to a Republican governor last month.
“The only place the NAACP can be is with this governor,” Huffman said. “If the teacher unions put a better proposal on the table, we would stand with them.”
For Huffman, the battle is personal. She said too many inner-city minority children are stuck in failing schools and that immediate and revolutionary changes are needed.
“I have watched this for 20 years,” Huffman said. “And I have nieces and nephews that have come out of the public schools that can’t read, can’t write, will never be employable. This is happening right here. … Something profound has to happen. We can’t wait another decade and another decade while people tweak with it.”