The D.C. chapter of the NAACP has begun investigating the termination of three social studies teachers at Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science, after parents alleged they were targeted for teaching extra lessons about African and African American history.
However, Akosua Ali, president of the NAACP D.C. chapter, said the preliminary finding is that the three were not discharged for teaching black history.
Nevertheless, she said, the civil rights group is concerned about how the teachers were treated, and about other issues connected to the overall quality of the education received by the middle school’s students.
The announcement of the NAACP investigation came hours after students at the charter school staged a protest and gave school administrators a list of demands, including their priority: “New Social Studies teachers that will be treated with respect.”
School officials did not respond to requests for comment, and the teachers could not be reached on Monday.