Force busing still exist in the city of Wilmington Delaware and it’s out bound. Can you image if Red Clay’s white suburban parents were told their children must be bust into Red Clay’s city elementary schools to fill empty seats rather than build new suburban elementary schools! Yep they’ll yell your in violation of the Neighborhood School Act!
As the nation looks towards Ferguson Missouri as ground zero for enough is enough racial discrimination and to reignite a stall civil rights movement Delaware particularly Wilmington minorities struggle to maintain fair and “equitable” public education. Red Clay city taxpayers have funded three new suburban schools to accommodate Neighborhood Schools and are proud parents of charter schools and magnet schools that discriminate against academic challenged students. ACLU lawsuit calls for, “Utilization of a random opt-out lottery for charter school admissions” and that should apply to magnet schools. John Dickinson High School’s fall from excellence was a direct result of former Red Clay board members reckless overambitious charter school agenda. Conrad’s current success was through a plan of reassigning neighborhood children rather than an opt-out policy. Where is the Neighborhood Schools Act being apply to Conrad a 6-12 grade school? The Delaware Department of Education has stains on their hands for approving this all choice magnet school knowing neighborhood students will be bused to other middle schools. At best Conrad 6-8 grades should be an opt out of the feeder-pattern. Why did Red Clay’s school board approved the added space at A.I. High School knowing without Choice students within A.I.’s feeder feeder students wouldn’t fill the building capacity? However to accommodate out of feeder and district Choice students, Red Clay has added an addition onto A.I. BUT still bus some city student pass A.I. to Dickinson. Why weren’t these students given preferential Choice to A.I.?
Dear Delaware ACLU, one of the solutions to your complaint would be preferential school Choice for Wilmington’s Red Clay middle and high school children with preferential choice busing. Meaning, because Red Clay refuses to provide traditional middle and high school services within Wilmington, those Red Clay students should get guarantee first Choice to any Red Clay suburban middle or high school. Also, convenient neighborhood bus stops whereas parent wouldn’t be required to drive them. Red Clay’s charter school should be part of that guaranteed Choice. Force busing shouldn’t be one-way and shouldn’t be for minorities.