“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 !