Why Isn’t Closing 40 Philadelphia Public Schools National News? Thursday, 10 May 2012 09:30By Bruce A. Dixon, Black Agenda Report | Report
If some racist made an inappropriate remark about the First Lady or her children our national “civil rights leaders” Obama fans all of them, would be all over that. But standing up for ordinary black children is something our leaders just don’t do much any more. When was the last time you heard Sharpton, Jealous or any of that tribe inveigh against school closings and the creeping privatization of our schools?
In what should be the biggest story of the week, the city of Philadelphia’s school system announced Tuesday that it expects to close 40 public schools next year and 64 by 2017. The school district expects to lose 40% of current enrollment to charter schools, the streets or wherever, and put thousands of experienced, well qualified teachers, often grounded in the communities where they teach, on the street.
With all the schools closing in Philadelphia there will be more available buildings for charter schools! What happens to neighborhoods with abandon buildings such as schools?
What about Wilmington Delaware’s civil rights when it comes to public education? The good righteous brothers can’t walk their talk! Where is the civil rights representation on school boards? Selling-out local school control to Markell and Arne Duncan doesn’t secure civil rights at the local school level! The Wilmington brothers are blind to the outbound force busing of black children! Blind to the inequities in the city’s public schools! Blind to a new game of requiring local schools to “compete” for grants to fund TAG programs! Should poor school be require to compete for funding for enrichment programs? I can never figure out why the brothers stand-down allowing capitalists and bankers to have control of their children’s education!
The same people that kept minorities down in the work place and housing opportunities! When a brother starts off his speech with his resume and what he has done rather that what he is doing we know it will the same on game!
A young brother gets murdered in Florida because of the color of his skin and Wilmington minorities hold a rally in Rodney Square! Yet their own children are being rob of quality of education with no civil right voice and no one rallies for them! William Hicks Anderson helped delivery federal Title 1 Section 1118 to give parents a voice and role in local control and it’s gone! Taken by Arne Duncan and Jack Markell! Now they set the agenda and programs then pour the Kool-aid after the fact selling their capitalists agenda to fools willing to drink the Kool-aid. Do the white affluent parents drink the kool-aid when they wanted new schools in the suburbs or an end to busing into Wilmington? HELL NO ! They were the ones who poured the Kool-aid for district administrators and politicians to drink! All about ownership folks! So who owns you? The public in public education means you! The people need to stop being servants to those elected to serve them!
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