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Race and Schools

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Reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of race-conscious school-assignment plans has been swift and emotional, with the decision even becoming a focal point of Democratic presidential debates last night.

In Seattle, the mother who led the lawsuit against the school district’s “racial-tiebreaker” admissions policy broke down and wept in relief. Kathleen’s Brose’s daughter had failed to get into the high school of her choice—the one that was also nearest to their home—because she is white. “I don’t want any parent to go through what we went through,” said Brose. “It shouldn’t matter what color any kid is. Everyone should have access to great schools.”

Defenders of the district’s policy took solace in the fact that the Court’s decision—particularly as modulated by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s opinion—didn’t completely rule out efforts to create greater diversity in schools. But there were also expressions of regret and concern about increasing school segregation. “It makes me sad that families who don’t have the income may not have the opportunity to go better-endowed schools,” said one long-time Seattle PTA member. “On the other side, it’s too bad that kids who go to one-cultured schools may not get the opportunity to learn about other cultures and people.”

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Vouchers. Give people "cash" and let them use the money at the school of their choice. The idea has been around for a long time, but fear that vouchers would be used for private (religious) school has kept the idea from receiving honest discussion. There would be no people "[whose] families ... don't have the income ... to go to better-endowed schools."

And if only the good schools got students, wouldn't that be a great thing. If Walmart sold only junk, no one would go there because they have K-Mart of other choices. Why shouldn't this apply to schools as well as stores?

Vouchers.

Vouchers are not the answer. The answer is to put the necessary funding behind schools that are not in the "better neighborhoods" so that all students have access to a quality education. Vouchers don't solve the issue of diversity. It just gives wealthy and generally white people a check to go to private schools. I do not want my public dollars to subsidize private institutions that are not subject to the same oversight and standards of the government which gives said dollars.

We need to fix the system and not give people a parachute to leave it.

What if schools were required to hold a certain percentage of their seats for open enrollment? And what if we forced the schools in poor areas to close and bussed them to the richer schools? This would force integration based on geography.

Hello. I need to know why noone is acknowledgeing that the funds that go into sports are only supporting very few. I believe the sports should come out of the EDUCATION FIELD.If your child is not playing sports then they are beiing robbed of a better EDUCATION.That money belongs to ALL CHILDREN NOT JUST THOSE WHO ARE

in sports.Give the sports to the community to deal with.Kids will go there to play but they cannot be told that ISHA is in their way of playing too.THERE IS TOO MUCH MONEY BEING TAKEN OUT OF THE EDUCATION FOR SPORTS THAT ONLY CARRY A FEW.

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