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Originally posted by Larrelye
In Rayville, Louisiana, the elementary school is expected to receive a failing grade. Students will be allowed to transfer to 1 of 2 higher scoring school nearby. But not all students will be allowed to transfer. White students will not be eligible for this and must remain at the failing school. Here is a picture of the letter sent out to parents of students at Rayville Elementary.
it says the image has been removed or deleted but it hasn't. You can find it at the link below:
Both of the alternative schools are in very small towns and are likely (I can't show proof) predominately white. I would assume the schools or school system wants to keep or encourage some sort of balance and diversity. Several years ago, in nearby Ouachita Parish, a new school was built in a predominately black area inside the parish. White students who went to Ouachita Parish High School were eligible to be bussed to new school and black students in the new school district would be allowed to be transfered to Ouachita Parish. This was done to help maintain a balance. However, neither of these schools were expected to receive a failing grade. I'm not sure how I feel about this but I am not against attempting to diversify a school.
In this case, white students will not be allowed to attend a higher scoring school. White students must remain at a failing school system and receive a substandard education. They don't have the option of a satisfactory public school. Although I would not describe a C- school as "satisfactory". Regardless of the color of the students, I am furious that ANY child be required to receive less than barely adequate.
On top of the obvious statement, there is nothing in the letter to state that the school intends to improve it's grade. The initial problem is the failing grade by the average student and it appears, by this letter alone, that they are prepared to "fix" the problem by reducing the number of students effected instead of improving the quality of education.
FYI: My children are not in this school system and I did not personally receive the letter. I have not contacted this school board for an explanation. My children attend a fantastic public school in another parish. I find this to be disgraceful to our children of ALL races as well as encourages people to look at others by their skin color and reinforces a racial aspect where there should be none.
I apologize if this is in the wrong forum or has already been posted.
Originally posted by AshleyD
reply to post by Golf66
I think you're right. 'Discrimatory' really would be a better word than 'racist.'
Either way it is very wrong. It's sad it's even an issue today. Really I'm surprised it's even being debated. We should all agree this is wrong. Only someone with blinders on wouldn't admit it.
To say the door isn't open for a specific color of skin- any color- is wrong. These are just kids. They have nothing to do with what happened in the past but we run the risk of poisoning them with it when we still do things like this.
Parents whose children attend low-performing Title I schools must be given opportunities to transfer their children to a higher performing school.
This public school choice provision of the No Child Left Behind Act is one of several key strategies for achieving a high-quality education for all students. Another is Supplemental Education Services (SES).
but the majority of failing schools are in impoverished areas with mostly black or Hispanic populations. The public schools in primarily white districts are usually A schools.
a lot of parents really expect the schools to teach them everything from calculus to manners and shoe-tying
If this is official district correspondence wouldn't it be on school district letterhead?
The truth is that it is a shame to be white these days. If you are white you are responsible/capable of slavery, and Hitler mentality.. pure bull*snip*
imho the tables have turned and white people are discriminated against and frowned upon