Thursday, June 28, 2007

Council of the Great City Schools Views Ruling as a "Pronounced Step Backwards"

Statement by Michael Casserly. Executive Director, Council of the Great City Schools

The Council of the Great City Schools, the coalition of the nation’s largest city school districts—including Louisville and Seattle, denounces today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down student assignment plans in Louisville and Seattle designed to promote racial diversity in their public schools.

Today’s troubling decision will make it harder for these and other cities to maintain an integrated student body, prevent racial resegregation, improve academic performance, and build a more equitable and competitive America. The ruling now forbids school systems across the nation from using the same strategies that the federal courts once ordered them to implement.

The Council is heartened that a majority of the Court reaffirms that there is a compelling interest in achieving diversity in public school classrooms, and that race-conscious strategies can be consistent with the Constitution. As a practical matter, however, the Court has left school districts across the land with few viable alternatives for using race in pursuit of that interest. School districts now have even fewer options to achieve the racial diversity that was possible before the decision.

Therefore, the Council decries the court’s ruling in Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District and Crystal D. Meredith v. Jefferson County Board of Education as a deliberate and pronounced step backwards in the nation’s long march toward racial equality. And the Council views the Bush Administration’s stance in promoting this outcome as deplorable.

2 comments:

BALURDI said...
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Anonymous said...

Tough for you. This is why my husband and I fork over more than $15,000 a year to keep our 3 children OUT of the public school system and in catholic schools, where they have been since day one of kindergarten-and most importantly--away from black kids. Who are for the most part violent and disruptive like their parents. MY children have never set foot in a public school, and never will.
Good for Louisville & Seattle, my children still will never attend public schools, but at least it is a step in the right direction for these two cities. I think it is funny you are upset....made my day.
Bet you will delete this post too because it does not agree with your bull sh*t.