Friday, July 6, 2007

Land of the Free, Home of Forced Busing

In the light of the recent Supreme Court rulings regarding the use of race to achieve diversity, I wanted to take a look at the status of desegregation in Jefferson Parish Public Schools.

JP Public Schools are under a Federal Court order to desegregate resulting from the outcome of Dandridge v. Jefferson Parish School Board, filed in 1964. The order was enforced, following stays sought by JPSB, in 1971. That was 36 years ago!

Surely that is ample time to desegregate the public schools. Here are some numbers.

2006-2007 enrollment: 42,000 students (page 2)
Number of students bused: 1,200

So, by busing 2.9% of students, JP achieves a racial balance? How low must this get to end forced busing? 2%? 1%? The answer is "never". Too many people have too much invested in "racism" to ever move forward. They stand to lose an issue to rile up voters, a way to squelch opposing viewpoints, and an excuse for failure.

George Will had a excellent column about the SC rulings. It included this quote from the NAACP brief written by Thurgood Marshall for the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case:

"Distinctions by race are so evil, so arbitrary and invidious that a state bound to defend the equal protection of the laws must not invoke them in any public sphere".

Public schools will always be segregated, not by race but by culture.

Parents with either more money or with education as a high priority are choosing private schools and homeschooling over JP's public schools. Not to get away from minorities, but to educate their kids. JP public schools avg. ACT score is 19. A 22 is required to enroll at LSU. The two cultures separated here are one that will educate their children and another that just wants it to happen for free. They are, after all, entitled to it...

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