By MICHAEL B. KELLYThe Washington TimesWASHINGTON — The National Association of Black Child Educators released new data Tuesday that showed that in the last decade, more than 20 percent of black children in the U.S. went to private schools.
The number is even higher among children of color, with 13 percent of children in those communities attending private schools, according to the organization’s annual report.
While the numbers of children attending private school has risen steadily over the past decade, the organization said that the number of black and Latino children attending public schools is at its lowest point in almost two decades.
More than 30 years ago, the NAACP called for a national school choice program.
In 1995, the group called for vouchers and other forms of education, but in the decade since, the numbers have fallen dramatically.
In addition, the report also noted that black and Hispanic children in America have less access to higher education than other groups.
That trend has been in place for decades, with black and white students spending a smaller proportion of their college or career earnings than their white counterparts.
It is an issue the NAACP has focused on since the 1990s, when it formed the group.
But the NAACP report found that the education of black, Hispanic and Native American students has remained stagnant in recent years.
It said that in 2016, black and brown children spent on average 8 percent of their annual earnings on higher education, compared with 12 percent for their white peers.
The study found that black students spent the most on higher school tuition in the past three decades.
The report noted that the black school system in the United States was in a dire state in the 1990 and 2000s, but that the economy improved and black students have been able to go to college.
The report said the percentage of black students attending college fell from 12.4 percent in 2000 to 10.4 in 2016.
But the number has not kept pace with population growth, and black student enrollment in college has declined.
The NAACP report said that if the government were to start a national voucher program to help black and Brown students afford higher education and access to quality private education, it would create opportunities for thousands of black parents to attend college.
The organization said the state of black education in the country is so dire that many families with black children are now trying to attend public schools for the first time.