Back to The Future Red Clay Desegregation

Don’t worry white folks, your white kids won’t be bused to Wilmington! The crystal ball says, black students will be force to ride the bus to the suburbs! Even today, Red Clay buses black Wilmington Red Clay middle and high school students. Red Clay justifies building new suburban schools citing the Neighborhood Schools Act requires them to do so!  However, for some reason the Neighborhood Schools Act doesn’t require Red Clay to build “traditional” Red Clay middle and high schools in Wilmington. I am sorry but it has to be said, giving Red Clay more Wilmington black children would be like letting the KKK babysit newborn black children in the maternity floor of the Christina Hospital. If there is no social justice for the black children currently in Red Clay what makes anyone think adding more from Christina School District would change things? Furthermore, Delaware Choice School Law didn’t address the inequities with the lack of adequate transportation among Wilmington’s poor!

Red Clay has money to transport school sports teams but not a few buses to provide preferential Choice busing for Wilmington’s children! Address the flaws that actually may be intentional in regards to Choice school just might ease de facto segregation. Also, why does Red Clay’s all Choice magnet schools with specific interest student admission rules receive Choice transportation approved by the state legislators? Why isn’t there legislation requiring preferential Choice transportation for Wilmington’s poor?            

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16 responses to “Back to The Future Red Clay Desegregation

  1. Kilroy, you are a decade or two late with this post. The RC board has systematically and may I say quite brilliantly circumvented the court order for years. This of course was the plan of the past board president, you pick a super that is a wimp and you control and you re-segregate the schools. Every board member, legislator, teacher and admin get their kids into CSW or Conrad. They live out in hockessin, put them on a bus that drives right past Mckean. Many of those board members and legislators post regularly on here. Meanwhile as the rich kids drive past MHS and DHS on their way into the city the city kids drive right by CSW, Conrad etc…. It’s a brilliant plan..expensive but brilliant!

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  2. lastDEconservative

    Man, oh, man. Kilroy and Break are locked in a dead heat for furthest off the rails! On Super Bowl Sunday, they are in a draw for Conspiracy Theorist of the Year.

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    • I only ask because I’m not sure why you need a writing sample, an interview and a project to enter a lottery? Do you get more chances if you have better scores? Why do all board members, admins, teachers and prominent community members all hit the lottery? Even some who live out of district?
      I also don’t considerate a conspiracy as it was not done in secret. RC has pretty open with creating safe zones for the voting community. It has worked great for them referendum wise…

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  3. Wait a minute…you know as well as everyone does that a new HS or MS in the city would further segregate schools. Let’s be intellectually honest here.

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  4. John, DHS, MHS, Glasgow and Christiana are between 62-75% black and Hispanic. While CSW is 9% black and Hispanic…um they are resegregated … So why not pull the curtain back address the issues …

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    • lastDEconservative

      Sounds to me like DHS, MHS, Glasgow and Christiana are the segregated schools. CSW’s percentages are closer to par by far.

      Oh, that’s right, it only works one way. Sorry. Forgot.

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  5. I said, “further segregate” schools. A city HS (or another Bayard MS) would further segregate schools, unless students were put on buses from the suburbs and sent to city middle and high schools. I know DHS and MHS demographics. Compare them to the demographics of a city public high school (or even compare them to Bayard).

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  6. LDC black and Hispanics make up 35% of NCC population yet only 9% of CSW’s. Mind you I’m not criticizing RCs plan, not one bit. Just being honest, I don’t have an agenda… I’m not arguing that they should do anything differently. Just call a spade a spade and not get tangled in political agendas.

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    • lastDEconservative

      Just out of intellectual curiosity, and letting the 35% claim just sit there for the moment, what is the breakdown of black and hispanic within that incredible number, what happens to the hispanic count when you count only citizens, and most importantly, why is any argument based on such divisions among the humans anyway?

      PS: I don’t think one has been able to call a spade a spade since the days of Sly and the Family Stone.

      PPS: CSW’s numbers are still closer to the “norm” as you and John would have it.

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  7. “for some reason the Neighborhood Schools Act doesn’t require Red Clay to build “traditional” Red Clay middle and high schools in Wilmington.”

    what is the population in wilmington from 2000-today?

    what is the population in 19808-19707-19711, etc?

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  8. Can we say then, call a fig a fig and a trough a trough’.
    US census says NCC is 24.9 B and 9.4 H. I don’t believe that counts illegals. As to your asking why it’s germane to these discussions…. I’m sure you know why but won’t say simply because it would hurt your agenda. I have none, simply put since the court order there has been some sort of white flight… Whether it’s the growth of these ma and pa Christian schools, moving across state, district borders, neighborhood school laws, magnet and charters… It’s all ok by me. RC has mastered it well and has 3 shiny new schools to show for it, a loyal VOTING tax base to help with funding. Fig = Fig

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    • lastDEconservative

      ” … there has been some sort of white flight… ”

      Or maybe a more reasonable choice of terms would eschew the unnecessary and intentionally provocative racial element, then call what you point to what it is … choice. Which I thought was the panacea — oh, wait, I forgot, choice panacea only occurs when M or I pay for someone else to have it, not when I make it (pay for it) myself. Fig = Fig.

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  9. Funny, no one was clamoring for those choices pre-court order or put another way deseg order. St. Marks was ready to close prior court order. So yes race is certainly a factor. Refusal to acknowledge it is simply your way of not comparing figs….

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  10. Art they wouldn’t have to build one if the one sitting right there was filled with Wilmington kids…. LDC…I think there is quite the bit of logic in my statement…

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  11. “CSW’s numbers are still closer to the “norm” as you and John would have it.” – you lost me there because I said nothing about CSW…CSW has nothing to do with my statement. CSW (DMA, Cab etc…) will exist whether or not the city of Wilmington ever sees another MS or HS, and plays no part in the demographics of those schools. Kilroy argues out of one side of his mouth that new schools should be built in the city, but doesn’t want to admit that it would further segregate the county’s schools. The only way we will have a school in the city that has demographics that are even as close to matching the county’s demographics as DHS’ or MHS’ do (which hardly match them themselves), is to transport students from the suburbs into an urban HS or MS. Until you’re ready to have that conversation, this is all coffee house banter. One can’t complain about building a new school(s) in the suburb, when one doesn’t really want a new school in the city. That’s the bottom line.

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