Delaware schools re-segregating, report says Matthew Albright, The News Journal
Though its schools were once among the most desegregated in the country, Delaware and Wilmington in particular is rapidly returning to a system in which many black and Latino students attend separate schools than their white cohorts, the UCLA Civil Rights Project says in a report released
But many local leaders see the state sliding back toward segregated schools. Last month, the ACLU of Delaware and the Community Legal Aid Society filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights arguing charter schools were causing re-segregation in Delaware schools by picking and choosing students.
New Castle County Councilman Jea Street, a long-time Wilmington education activist who is supporting the complaint, says the UCLA study simply reinforces what many in the city have long known.
I don’t think the state or school officials recognize how legally vulnerable they are to facing the great possibility of legal action,” Street said. “I think 2015 is going to be a historical year in education, and it’s up to state officials to decide whether we do it the easy way or the hard way.”
It’s obvious Red Clay is still being controlled by outside third-party individuals who are part of the insane public school reform movement that is bent on undermining traditional public schools to justify charter schools.
Many forget a few years back Senator Belvins called for a moratorium on charter schools which did pass. However, the charter organizers just sat the year out stuffing politicians pockets with $$. Then the charter flood gates opened.
As far as segregation goes, most all charter school organizers will say, there isn’t re-segregation because the Neighborhood Schools Act allows community school student population to reflect the demographics of the surrounding schools. Then there is school Choice! Obviously minority parents make the Choice to enroll their children in racially identifiable schools. So at the end of the day we’re down to de facto segregation. (help me out Hube).
Could it be black children prefer to attend school with other black children or that being the wishes of their parents? Also, why are there black charter school leaders comfortable with predominately black schools? We can go deeper! Is there a concern in the black community that white educators are still bias toward the black culture.
I think the road to real reform and real Choice starts with Wilmington being united in voice in regards to education. Four school district, a charter school network and voctech district fragments the voice and stagnates real efforts for change. We often hear about collaboration as being a driving force in positive change. However, there is no real collaboration is a fragmented Wilmington. I rant about rich white billionaire and millionaire males controling education reform for minorities but isn’t that pretty much the truth? Sure the white knights grab a few black tokens whom in many cases aren’t decision-makers is the circle of change. When was the last time Governor Markell had dinner with Jea Street or Theo Gregory ? Markell will drop his schedule for Rodel and sneaky Pete and son Re-Pete. There is an old saying, if you are important to the issues your phone will be ringing instead of you dialing. Publius knows what I am talking about! He lives in a world where he thinks he is important but if he didn’t have a dime in his pocket he’ll be irrelevant.
The first step to change is either Red Clay provide preferential Choice busing for Wilmington children to middle and high schools of their choice and that choice have preference over in-district and out of district choice students including their siblings. Red Clay refuses to add middle and high school programs in Wilmington because they claim it will further re-segregate Wilmington. I think they are correct! However, the additions of new suburban Red Clay elementary schools all in the name of “we have no choice due to Neighborhood Schools Act” at the same time Red Clay city schools have empty seats is bullshit! Why should their be force busing one-way out-bound of Wilmington to Red Clay middle and high schools in the suburbs and not to fill empty Wilmington empty elementary school seats? Red Clay’s Warner-Shortlidge move sends a message they can do what they want a minorities are easier to control and contain.
Charter schools, we must ask ourselves, why are we allowing charter schools to be organized to solely serve at-risk children mostly African-Americans? More importantly, why are we building separate charter schools for overachievers and under achievers. I attended schools where there were honors type programs and intervention programs all in the same building. Red Clay is pushing inclusion of special needs children in mainstream classes because they feel these kids are being discriminated against. In the big picture is Red Clay saying handicap kids are more of a person than black children alienated in Choice and charter schools that lack equity in transportation to and from school? The Delaware charter school law allows charter schools via preferences to be selective of students whereas with traditional schools have doors that swing one-way for all students. The time has come to end specific interest in standalone schools. Charter schools should be required to provide education services to all students regardless of handicap or academic performance and that goes for magnet schools. As far as separate programming within schools, I think specific interest could be OK as long as the “school” is open to all students. Charters are creating a system of schools that are exclusive to honor levels, at risk, special ed and students performing at average levels above set state standards. Charter school appears to be grading children like cattle! Such as U.S. Prime, U.S. Choice, U.S. Select. We are one world were at the end of the day our children enter their adulthood and must live within this one world. Charter schools may be undoing gains in advancements in culture diversity and understanding. But there are parents who don’t give a rat’s ass about any of this. They want their children in a school conducive to teaching and learning without fear of their children being subjected to turf-wars, jailhouse dominance culture, bullying and full of classroom disruptive due to negative behavior. It seems stereotyping puts more blacks children to a disadvantage than white students. However, take a hard look at all the school massacres! You’ll see predominately young white males often victims of bullying by their white peers.
The jury is in and something needs to be done and we need to address re-segregation by ending “academic” segregated schools. Why does Red Clay offer votech like program such as culinary when we have votechs? Why does Red Clay have a school for the arts when all schools should have art programs within? In the respects to academics, all school are required to met state guidelines therefore academically, all school must provide the same. What next, a charter school with specific interest for marching band? A charter school for those who want to compete in swimming? Cross-country? As far as military themes, JrROTC has been in traditional schools for year! We don’t need charter schools and we need needs based funding and understanding the arts are and have been one of the most important bridges to cultural understanding and acceptance. Odd as it sounds, Motown has done more to bridge the races than public schools.
As for Priority Schools which are predominately African-Americans, OMG, teachers who chose to teach in high needs schools whereas may have seniority not to are being questioned as professional because funding isn’t proved on needs-basis!! Poverty is not an excuse to fail nor not teach with heart and soul! However, the conditions of poverty does stagnate the ability to teach and learn. The Priority Schools game is all about pushing public education to a privatized education system where capitalist like Jack Markell can $$$ feed. Looks at some of the founding members of the charter school organizers. If it was about the kids what are they $$$$ feeding off of charter schools. Unibrow has cashed in big time! Also, why is the state closing low-performing charter schools when parents make that choice? DE DOE says it’s all about the kids but they don’t stop these kids from returning to failing feeder-schools! How is closure a win for children?
One thing many don’t understand is, charter schools supported by Wall Street is a means to attempt to bust the biggest and strongest labor union on Earth aka teacher unions. Why? Because bringing Mike Matthews the last starfighter to his knees sets the stage for the big prize! Busing the teacher unions is the means to busting prevailing wages in all trades. If you are going to divide and conquer your bring down the big guy first! But one thing for sure, the NAACP aka the biggest people union better wake up and serve it’s members. Delaware and Red Clay were part of the ground zero for desegregation and to standby and preach to the choir and do nothing, allows the white corporate supremacist to feed $$$ off of poverty in our schools in a way that diverts funding to the classroom needs such as more teachers and into the pockets of Wall Street capitalist who are part of building a data dashboard that gives new meaning to racial profiling. Why did Red Clay allow Teach for America access to students personal information? Raw data is raw but why the need to tag it with names?
To Jea Street and Theo Gregory : the lord has been very good to both of you and we all are keepers of the glorious garden God gave us! There are snakes in the garden and they need to go! Wilmington can’t be a place to be somebody is nobody stands up for our children! Those who rally on MLK day to paint walls and pick-up trash need to put the paint on signs and carry King’s message that the work of civil rights is far from over! As far as the Twins, the work of Hick’s has been reduced to rubble! Why do you allow Markell to deface Title 1 Section 1118 your father work so hard for? Why is it an old white ass like me invokes the name of your father more than you? I was one of the very first to be served by Title 1 and though I only have a GED and a pocketful of college credits I must give some thanks to Title 1 and your dad! Man-up twins! Hey surfer girl from Cali, take the Markell blinders off if you want to stay beyond 2016. Charter schools in Delaware can’t survive unless they discriminate and that’s a bad thing! We can only pray Governor Denn 2016 will rule with his heart and not with his wallet like Markell. We don’t need capitalist running our schools! We need humanist! We need to replace lawyers serving on local school boards with sociologists who have the real vision and foresight to comprehend the real issues. Hey Norm, talk to that child of yours and tell her Superman is calling out sick so Wonder Woman needs to pick up the slack!