Red Clay lighting the desegregation fuse!

See FixRedClay for links to News Journal articles
http://www.fixredclay.com/2008/09/two-news-journal-articles-in-case-you.html
“Opinions on busing run strong” & “Schools change as parents choose”

Red Clay’s pending board vote to eliminate Choice School transportation will light the fuse that may cause legal action that could involve the federal courts.

The Choice School program does represent the best means to promote racial integration in Red Clay and all school districts. The Choice Transportation is series of convenient special bus stop hubs that transports student to their school of choice. Members of Red Clay school board particularly Jack Buckley wants to eliminate Choice transportation citing the need for curbing transportation cost. However, neither he nor the district provided the actual cost savings. Buckley and certain other board members want to require parents to drive their children to a bus stop within the school of choice or to and from the schools by their own means. Sure the need for the Choice buses would be eliminated but how many buses will be added to the feeder pattern bus stop.

However, here is where Red Clay is lighting the fuse and may awake the sleeping desegregation giant. There are many parents particularly high poverty parents living in the city of Wilmington whose transportation are mainly family, friends and public transportation. Cutting out Choice Transportation will put these parents and students in a position where they may not participate in School Choice. This Choice Transportation is vital to ensure all students have equal access to Choice Schools.

Red Clay is pulling the good faith rug out from under the community that keeps the playing field level and promotes uninhibited access to Choice Schools.

All eyes are on state legislators, the Delaware Secretary of Education, the Delaware State Board of Education, Mayor James Baker and certain community leaders to intervene.

I’ll put odds on Red Clay just moving forward with this dangerous action that “will” spark major debates and concerns.

The News Journal articles are a warning shot that there are concerns. My guess with Red Clay shooting themselves in the foot will end up spending more money in the courts defending their actions then the actual transportation cost savings which is still a mystery even to the district’s Community Financial Review Committee the so-called Red Mushrooms in the dark! Board member Buckley is a member of this committee and he hasn’t provided actual transportation cost savings.

Buckley destined to be the next school board president may be unraveling a future nightmare he will have to deal with.

The district went from a prediction of $260,000.00 June 30th carryover to a $4,700,000.00 June 30th carryover putting them out of DOE Financial Recovery. That ever surprised unknowing district Community Financial Review Committee.

President James Buckley Bush! What is the rush to war !

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  1. Kilroy: In my district parents can drop off their kids at an established bus stop within a school’s feeder. I thought this was standard procedure across the county (and state). So, how will Buckley’s proposal do anything but re-establish what choice was all about in the first place? If Red Clay had special “choice” bus stops, that to me appears to be a “luxury” above and beyond how districts have to accommodate choice students.

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  2. Kilroy: In my district parents can drop off their kids at an established bus stop within a school’s feeder. I thought this was standard procedure across the county (and state). So, how will Buckley’s proposal do anything but re-establish what choice was all about in the first place? If Red Clay had special “choice” bus stops, that to me appears to be a “luxury” above and beyond how districts have to accommodate choice students.

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  3. Hube
    “If Red Clay had special “choice” bus stops, that to me appears to be a “luxury” above and beyond how districts have to accommodate choice students.”

    100% correct luxury! However, the fax remains the elimination of Choice Transportation as we know it stifles racial diversification. Red Clay had not and is not re-segregating their schools. Parents are making the Choices.

    I am anti-force busing but all for promoting racial diversity to the extend of ensuring those truly in needs White, Black and all colors is between have assistance.

    FYI, this Red Clay move isn’t about money it’s about forcing students to stay in their feeder pattern and it’s quite possible if the plan works to eliminate school choice.

    The there is the major issue of those in the old Wilmington High feeder pattern recently reassigned to limbo and must complete Choice application and adhered to choice transportation policy. You school district assignments don’t leave students unassigned to a school.

    Many students in current Choice schools completed application with the understanding those Choice bus stops would be available. Becnel’s position to delay the changes until school year 2011 is out of fairness any allows those currently choice in to certain high schools the opportunity to finish out and graduate which changing high schools.

    There is an agenda!

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  4. Hube
    “If Red Clay had special “choice” bus stops, that to me appears to be a “luxury” above and beyond how districts have to accommodate choice students.”

    100% correct luxury! However, the fax remains the elimination of Choice Transportation as we know it stifles racial diversification. Red Clay had not and is not re-segregating their schools. Parents are making the Choices.

    I am anti-force busing but all for promoting racial diversity to the extend of ensuring those truly in needs White, Black and all colors is between have assistance.

    FYI, this Red Clay move isn’t about money it’s about forcing students to stay in their feeder pattern and it’s quite possible if the plan works to eliminate school choice.

    The there is the major issue of those in the old Wilmington High feeder pattern recently reassigned to limbo and must complete Choice application and adhered to choice transportation policy. You school district assignments don’t leave students unassigned to a school.

    Many students in current Choice schools completed application with the understanding those Choice bus stops would be available. Becnel’s position to delay the changes until school year 2011 is out of fairness any allows those currently choice in to certain high schools the opportunity to finish out and graduate which changing high schools.

    There is an agenda!

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  5. ” the elimination of Choice Transportation as we know it stifles racial diversification.”

    And I was under the mistaken impression that schools exist to teach and educate. Silly me. What was I thinking. Let me get back to my racial diversification.

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  6. ” the elimination of Choice Transportation as we know it stifles racial diversification.”

    And I was under the mistaken impression that schools exist to teach and educate. Silly me. What was I thinking. Let me get back to my racial diversification.

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  7. Anonymous
    “Let me get back to my racial diversification.”

    “I am not saying force it but help promote by Choice and reasonable accommodation!”

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  8. Anonymous
    “Let me get back to my racial diversification.”

    “I am not saying force it but help promote by Choice and reasonable accommodation!”

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  9. 100% correct luxury! However, the fax remains the elimination of Choice Transportation as we know it stifles racial diversification.

    Well then, your claims that this is some 14th Amendment violation doesn’t hold water. If choice means that one has to get their child to a bus stop within the feeder, how does that “discriminate” against anyone? Choice is open to anyone, and anyone who choices into Red Clay (or any district) KNOWS the rules for choice. Red Clay, as you admitted, initially went BEYOND that and offered “choice” bus stops. Merely “going back” to the original set up does not violate equal protection. And who cares, as one other commenter said, about racial diversification? Busing is over, choice is rampant and neighborhood schools is the law.

    You can make your case that racial bean-counting is a good thing, but don’t try to dress it up in a lawsuit (or potential lawsuit).

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  10. 100% correct luxury! However, the fax remains the elimination of Choice Transportation as we know it stifles racial diversification.

    Well then, your claims that this is some 14th Amendment violation doesn’t hold water. If choice means that one has to get their child to a bus stop within the feeder, how does that “discriminate” against anyone? Choice is open to anyone, and anyone who choices into Red Clay (or any district) KNOWS the rules for choice. Red Clay, as you admitted, initially went BEYOND that and offered “choice” bus stops. Merely “going back” to the original set up does not violate equal protection. And who cares, as one other commenter said, about racial diversification? Busing is over, choice is rampant and neighborhood schools is the law.

    You can make your case that racial bean-counting is a good thing, but don’t try to dress it up in a lawsuit (or potential lawsuit).

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  11. Hube! I work with you on your comment as I always said I am open to change. Coming from you holds more weight because you’re in the know!

    New post to follow!

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  12. Hube! I work with you on your comment as I always said I am open to change. Coming from you holds more weight because you’re in the know!

    New post to follow!

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