reply to post by Larrelye
To which I would reply, "Do not feed the trolls." A proper examination into Rayville's school demographics would have ended any 'debate' over the
correlation of race and scores. While there can be no debate that an achievement gap equivalent to 1 standard deviation, on average, exists between
black and white scores on standardized tests, you are correct, that discussion would serve to derail this thread, and the fact would remain: Removing
black children from an elementary school that is 87% black would have no effect at all on either standardized test scores or the school's failing
grade. End of discussion.
I agree with your statement that a proportionate number of white children- equivalent to the transferring percentage of black children- should be
given the option to transfer to a 'better' school. Given that so few white children are actually enrolled in the elemenarty school (13%), the ratio of
blacks to whites who SHOULD be allowed to transfer would still be close to 8:1; I repeat, for every 8 black children who are able to transfer, 1 white
student should be allowed to do so also. With total school enrollment of 498 students, 63 white students will be required to stay in a school with a
failing grade. If a proportionate number of white students were allowed to enroll in 'better' schools, how should they be chosen; what criteria would
comprise your selection process? Given the income information listed below, it might be a challenge for any Rayville resident to even send their child
to a 'better' school due simply to the increased cost of transportation:
Taken from Wikipedia- The median income for a household in the town was $14,309, and the median income for a family was $16,480. Males had a median
income of $21,000 versus $16,107 for females. The per capita income for the town was $8,589. About 44.2% of families and 48.8% of the population were
below the poverty line, including 65.9% of those under age 18 and 28.6% of those age 65 or over.
My point being: white people who live in Rayville and who attend Rayville Elementary are highly unlikely to be able to leave Rayville to attend a
different school, even if they wanted to. That does not make the imposed legislation any less descriminatory toward whites, but it does highlight an
existing disparity that has as much to do with income as it does with antiquated educational practices in much of the south. No child should be forced
to remain in a failing school any more than we as a country should allow our school systems to have failed in the first place. The problem comes from
within our communities and our attitude toward education and can only be fixed from within. The sad truth is that allowing any of these students to
attend 'better' schools will, regrettably, cause the better schools standardized test scores to drop. Focus on the school: fix the curriculum,
implement educational, outreach, and support programs for at risk youth by creating a federally-backed holistic and academic counseling and mentoring
program that is tailored to Louisiana's needs, and things will change.
Regardless, this has been a great topic for discussion.
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