The Tacoma chapter of the NAACP on Monday endorsed the $500 million Tacoma school bond measure that voters will decide in a Feb. 12 election.
The support is significant, because the group opposed the last Tacoma school bond measure in 2009. Back then, both the local NAACP and the Tacoma Ministerial Alliance opposed a school bond, citing a lack of progress in educating minority students.
The Tacoma Ministerial Alliance had already endorsed this year’s bond.
Jonathan Johnson, education chairman for the local NAACP chapter, said the NAACP has always felt the need for “21st-century facilities for all students.”
But he said NAACP members were encouraged by the school district’s efforts this time around.
“Tacoma Public Schools, under new leadership, has provided a well-balanced proposal this year that provides a more equitable distribution of construction and repair resources for all Tacoma communities,” Johnson said. He said the district has reached out to all communities and “has listened to the concerns of citizens that have not always been heard.”
He also said the district has made good points about the economic downturn providing opportunity in the form of lower materials costs, lower interest rates and steady labor costs.
“In our opinion, Tacoma taxpayers in all communities have an opportunity to get good value for their investment in the future of our children,” he said.