While overall freshmen enrollment is up at the state’s four-year colleges, the number of new black students is down by almost 10 percent this year.
NAACP leaders say Gov. Jeb Bush’s elimination of affirmative action and the emphasis on the FCAT have hurt black students. They say the drop in university enrollment was to be expected.
Adora Obi Nweze, President of the Florida NAACP, says, “Now the chickens have come home to roost. We see what we’ve been saying is correct. It’s unfortunate that the door is closing on blacks and minorities in this state and children in this state as it relates to a quality education.”
The NAACP is holding its annual meeting this weekend in Tallahassee. Officials with the civil rights group say they’ll be issuing a “report card” on state lawmakers outlining how they voted on minority issues.