It took 50 years, but segregationists finally figured it out. You can put a Brett Kavanaugh on the U.S. Supreme Court as he opines that Brown vs. Board is one of the four greatest cases ever decided by that court, but you can resegregate schools through charters.
So GOT applauds the superintendent of Duval County Public Schools as she worries about a charter that thinks it can achieve diversity goals (diversity means integration of schools, that is, a diverse school has a student body that matches the demographics of its district) by opening a new school in a mostly black section of town to counter criticism that its other schools are almost all-white because they are located in the mostly white parts of town.
The school district is pressuring the charter to diversify its existing schools. But rather than working on attracting more students of color to those existing schools, the charter operators figure that opening a new school in a different part of town so it has more schools, some white and some black, will allow it to report data of a blended population.
But students of different races and backgrounds will not be together. They will be separated into different campuses miles apart.
“Separate is inherently unequal,” thundered nine justices as they rebuked (okay, the legal term is overturned) a court that 60 years before them made a poor decision.
Yet here we are today, resegregating schools under the mantra “school choice.”
GOT wonders how a new Brown lawsuit would fare today. Would a challenge to charter schools with supporting, irrefutable evidence of resegregation lead a court to strike down charter authorizations? Would they order an exchange of students among all schools accepting public tax dollars until we achieve a proper racial balance?
Would they order charters to be absorbed into public school districts? At least, to fall under true accountability to local school boards with the threat that if they did not achieve a true diversity in their population, they would be closed?
Something to ponder as February approaches to the rush of the lion. (That is, March comes in …)
Also, bravo Diana P. Greene.